As part of Sydney BAPS Swaminarayan
Mandir’s cultural and social activities, Independence
Day 2004 was celebrated focusing on Indian Sankruti. In
this two hour program, presented in Hindi and English, the
audience of over 400 people was taken on a journey through
the ancient priceless contributions of Bharat Mata, an emotional
tribute to our freedom fighters, a quiz shedding light on
interesting Indian facts and a kaleidoscope of cultures
through music and dance.
At commencement, the audience
were invited to ask themselves, What has India contributed
to society? This was answered through a drama presented
by members of the teenage group who described India’s
contributions to the fields of language, education, medicine,
maths and many more. All these facts came much to the amazement
of the audience.
The Independence of our Cultural
Millionaire would never have been achieved without the great
sacrifice of our freedom fighters. A powerful presentation
displayed this sentiment bringing tears of pride to many
‘How Well Do You
Know India?’, that was the question answered after
much introspection by the audience during an exciting quiz
presented by the members of the youth group. It answered
many unanswered questions leaving all with an understanding
of our unique culture and pride.
As part of the worldwide Golden
Jubilee celebrations of BAPS Bal Mandal, the children of
Sydney Mandir enthralled those present through a dance –
‘Bharat Ki Ham Shaan Hai’. The audience clapped
along and waved the Indian flags to show their encouragement
for the future of India.
Traditional Indian music is
an aspect of Indian culture that is renowned worldwide.
Throughout the program, the BAPS youth group preserved this
tradition through Hindi bhajans and patriotic songs.
To conclude such an enthralling
inspirational program, the assembly united in one voice
to sing ‘Jana Gana Mana…’ – a performance
that made everyone present proud to be Indian.
All who attended the celebration
were captivated by the discipline and confidence of the
BAPS youths, most of whom are born and raised in Australia,
for their hard work and dedication in organizing this program.
All those who witnessed the
event felt an invigorating experience of Indian sanskruti
and patriotism that left them with one thought in mind:
Ki Shaan - Mera Bharat Mahan