The final round of the 26th edition of annual inter-school bhajan competition, organised by Bhaktha Swaraa Bhajan Mandali, Chennai, and Bhakthaswaraa Educational and Social Trust in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada Street, Mylapore, was held recently.
Of the 35 schools which participated in the competition, 10 were shortlisted for the finals and Sri Vishwa Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vandalur, won the contest. The school also bagged the consistency trophy and the prize for the best performing instrument.
The second, third, fourth and fifth place were won by Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Nungambakkam; Sankara Senior Higher Secondary School, Adyar; Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, K.K. Nagar; and Vani Vidyalaya, K.K. Nagar, respectively.
The event was inaugurated by Radha Bhaskar, Editor, Samudhra, and Treasurer, Mudhra, cultural organisation. The chief guest was N. Kamakodi, Managing Director, City Union Bank Limited.
Both, in their address, appreciated the efforts taken by Bhaktha Swaraa Bhajan Mandali for inculcating ‘devotion’ in the minds of younger generation.
Ms. Bhaskar said that music is a divine experience and it helps in enhancing concentration.
The chief guests during the prize distribution ceremony were S. Sowmya, renowned Carnatic vocalist, and S.S. Gopalarathnam, Managing Director, Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited.
In their valedictory address, they spoke about the importance of such events which is necessary to preserve Indian culture and tradition. The founder-member of the organisation, Sridharan, said that there was a good response for the competition. As many as 120 students took part in the contest which was held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
He also said that preserving Indian culture and tradition and inculcating ‘devotion’ in the minds of younger generation was the objective for organising such a programme.
All participants were given certificates. On the occasion, students of Lotus Foundation, an institution for special children, gave a performance by rendering bhajans.
Bhaktha Swaraa Bhajan Mandali is at No. 5, Ground Floor, Parsn Commercial Complex, 600, Anna Salai, Chennai. For details, contact Muthukrishnan at 98412 52346 or Mohankumar at 91762 21888.