Bala Vidhwan Bhavani

January 6, 2011

Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducted the ninth Bala Vidhwan Bhavani on 1st January 2011 from 6am to 8am. Children and elders including the members of the Foundation dressed in South Indian traditional attire, participated in large numbers by enthusiastically singing Bhajans, Thirupaavai, Thiruvempaavai and Namavalis. Little girls and boys, mothers also performed Kolattam and Kummi around the four Mada streets of Kapaleeswarar Temple and venpongal as prasadam was distributed to one and all at the end.
According to the Mylapore Trio, "Margazhi procession with bhakthi and chillness in the air was a unique and divine experience for the younger generation. We not only followed the footsteps of the musical legends, but also retraced their path on the four Mada streets of Mylapore in order to perpetuate their memory..... a thrilling experience." Some of the senior citizens and parents felt that it was a good attempt to start the New Year with an auspicious beginning, by perpetuating the age-old tradition involving the children. Apart from the Foundation children and parents, children from local music and dance schools along with the general public participated with enthusiasm. Many kids were dressed up as Krishna, Radha, Aandal, Gopis, Maanikkavaachagar etc. Seeing this, out of sheer bhakti many elders and devotees circumambulated and prostrated before the children... a very touching moment indeed.

An octogenarian commented: "I know a person by name Jalandirai (a Mylaporean, who lived many decades back), who used to conduct Margazhi procession early morning, with a large number of children singing and dancing on the Mada streets of Mylapore. After several decades, I am very thrilled and happy to see these children doing the same. God bless them."