Saaket, October 8, 2005: BV Idol (a.k.a. Talent Show) was a very successful fund-raising program organized by our enterprising 12 th grade children. This was their attempt to reach out to the unfortunate people who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Within a matter of 3 weeks, they put a plan together and got the word out to the BV community. It couldn’t be just a coincidence that we saw Shakti manifest Herself through these children during the Navaratri festival. Icha Shakti manifested as their desire to help. Jnana Shakti ensured that they figured out the steps necessary to execute the event, and Kriya Shakti helped them execute their plan.

The stage was set just right for the event. Swamiji opened the program with a short invocation. There were over 55 children who participated in the show. Kids as young as 5 years displayed the wealth of talent we have. Following our Hindu tradition, the children began the program with Ganesha Pancharatnam. The diversity of the performances ranged from a puppet show to classical singing and dance remixes with English and Hindi music. There were 8 dances (classical, remixes, and blended) and an equal number of musical renditions. The 4 comedy shows brought down the house. Entertainment was truly ” tax free”!

The event displayed the compassion and willingness of the Balavihar community to help their fellow citizens in times of need. The entire event was executed with precision under minimal adult supervision. We are very proud of these children and the great job they did! Visit our photo gallery for pictures…