The concluding session of IV All India Convention for Group III students and 7th Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas Alumni Meet was held in Sai Kulwant Hall on 8th January 2017. On this morning the Convocation function of Balavikas students who have successfully completed the 9-year course was held. The proceedings began with Vedic chants and a sonorous band by Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Visakhapatnam. The convocation procession entered Sai Kulwant Hall from Dasavataram gate side led by Mahila Balavikas Gurus, office bearers, the All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri Vijay Bhaskar, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, State Presidents of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations with the song “Sarva Devata Gayatri” in the background.
Sri Somendra Biswas, Joint Commissioner of Excise, West Bengal gave a brief talk narrating a profound experience where he was leveled malicious charges on concocted allegations. He went on a long leave, and was suspended. But all of a sudden, he was reinstated in the same post and the district magistrate who leveled the false charges against him was transferred. He said that he learnt a valuable lesson – follow the righteous path under any circumstances which was taught to him in his Balavikas classes. This was followed by a beautiful song “Sai Maa Sai Maa” by Alumni brothers and sisters of West Bengal composed by Sri Brijesh Bamalwa, State Youth Coordinator, West Bengal.
A senior functionary of Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas then administered the Convocation Pledge. Sri H Deleep Singh (IAS), Commissioner of Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Manipur gave away the Achievement Awards for Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas to Balavikas alumni. Sri Nimish Pandya, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Organisations in his speech said that Balavikas will continue for thousands of years. Almost fifty glorious years have passed since this movement was inaugurated by Bhagawan in the year 1969. Three tiny tots were then brought to the forefront and asked their views on why they like Balavikas. Each of them in their childish innocence gave their views.
An announcement was made to the audience that Balavikas team from Karnataka bagged the prestigious Sankara TV Bhajan Samrat award after a year-long elimination rounds. A fusion dance medley by Alumni and Balavikas children of Karnataka was the next presentation. Traditional dances such as Kolata dance, Karaga dance and Yakshagana was performed to the delight of the audience.
After a vote of thanks, Bhajans by Balavikas Alumni and distribution of Prasadam, the proceedings of this grand event concluded in Sai Kulwant Hall.