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Over 150 Children Participate in New Vrindaban Kids’ Festival Competition


Nearly 160 youngsters despatched in submissions for the New Vrindaban Kids’ Festival Competition, which centered on the three main Vaishnava festivals in August – Balarama Jayanti, Sri Krishna Janmastami, and Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day. The outcomes have been spectacular and deeply inspiring.

Submissions have been open from August 10th to 27th. Families of youngsters aged 4 to 16 from the US, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada, and England registered on-line on the New Vrindaban web site. They then obtained a hyperlink to hitch a WhatsApp group the place the children may publish their creations.

“The concept was to encourage youngsters to participate within the competition and make an providing,” says organizer Tulsi Manjari Dasi, who can also be a teacher at Gopal’s Garden Homeschool Co-op, and runs the weekend Kids Camp at New Vrindaban. “Because they’re so candy and harmless, something they do goes to be merely fantastic. And it gives a chance for Krishna to reciprocate with them.”

The competitors additionally gave youngsters from households who have been new to ISKCON the prospect to study concerning the three main festivals, in order that they may begin to acknowledge them of their calendars.

Drama performance

Dramatic efficiency by Aaryama Jaiswal, 4 years outdated, as Radha

Children have been break up into 4 age teams: Ages 4 to 6, seven to 10, eleven to 14, and fourteen to sixteen. They may submit a video, as much as 4 minutes lengthy, of a music, dance, sloka (verse) recitation, or dramatic piece, associated to one of many three festivals. They may additionally submit a poem, essay, or piece of artwork.

“One little boy from the US did a rap for Srila Prabhupada for his a hundred and twenty fifth Appearance Day,” says Tulsi Manjari. “Some ladies from South India did Bharatanatyam Dance, as a result of lots of Bharatanatyam depicts Krishna’s pastimes. Many youngsters recited a sloka they notably preferred type the Bhagavad-gita, together with the interpretation, after which defined what it meant to them and what their understanding of it was. We additionally had dances to songs about Lord Krishna.”

One lady wrote a poem describing how “Krishna Keshava, Radha’s loyal good friend, in hand holds a flute.” Another wrote an essay concerning the completely different sides of Lord Krishna, how He presents himself in a different way in several elements of our scriptures, and the way we are able to observe Him as He grows from childhood to youth.

Srila Prabhupada art

Srila Prabhupada by Trisha Chowdhury, 14

“As every household posted their youngsters’s entry within the WhatsApp group, I believe it actually helped the others to really feel inspired,” Tulsi Manjari says. “And they have been all supporting one another with optimistic feedback on one another’s entries.” 

On September 10th, award-winners shall be introduced in every age group, in addition to in separate US and worldwide classes. Each baby shall be emailed a certificates, and shall be awarded a keep at a cabin or lodge room in New Vrindaban, together with reward hampers of video games, books, and reward playing cards.

According to Tulsi Manjari, mother and father have been extraordinarily grateful that their youngsters have been engaged throughout such a troublesome time, and that they may share creations they knew can be acknowledged.

Sloka recitation

Sloka recitation by Vihaan Bansal, 4

“This was a really glorious platform to exhibit youngsters’s expertise, and we’re very grateful for all of your assist,” wrote one mom from India.

Another mom, from the U.S., wrote, “Thank you for organizing this lovely occasion. Many congratulations to all the children who participated so enthusiastically.”

Tulsi Manjari herself is grateful for ISKCON New Vrindaban temple president Jaya Krsna Dasa’s assist of the occasion, and graphic designer Nikunja Vilasini Dasi’s work in designing the competitors graphics, doing the digital mail out to all members, and broadcasting submissions on social media.

Tulsi Manjari feels uplifted by the entire endeavor, commenting, “Being within the youngsters’s affiliation has impressed me, and I used to be actually humbled by their submissions. You can see how these souls are so naturally desirous to please and serve Krishna. And seeing their creativity, you understand how essential it’s to nurture them, and to information them in order that they will proceed their innate devotional service.”

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