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Bal Vihar’s day at Saint Louis Art Museum

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Bal Vihar of St. Louis, Missouri showcased the Indian culture to the local community at an impressive program organized at the Saint Louis Art Museum on December 1.

Its young team mesmerized the 250 attendees with spellbinding dances and musicals with the students also speaking to the audience about the vibrant Indian culture. Indeed, its dedicated volunteers were present at each table to enlighten the questioners on India's diverse culture and eventful history.  Saint Louis Art Museum offers family programs every Sunday throughout the year and during December it highlights winter celebrations from around the world, exposing visitors to the diversity of people in the St. Louis area and the diversity of their cultures. 

According to Sherri Williams, family program coordinator of Saint Louis Art Museum, the focus of the Family Sunday on December 1 was Indian culture. There were tattoo artists demonstrating and applying henna tattoos. Also featured were calligraphy, yoga and rangoli (traditional decoration using colors and flowers). 

Bal Vihar, a non-profit organization which is also called Center for Indian Cultural Education, has been actively serving the St. Louis community since 1992. 

It is involved in the community awareness programs such as visiting local hospitals and distributing handmade items to the patients, collecting and offering food to the needy in the St. Louis area, conducting activities for senior citizens, participating in the interfaith activities, etc. 

The children also participate in debates such as values of various cultures and their significance, their own cultural values in the modern society, living in harmony. 

Bal Vihar primarily focusses on providing Indian cultural education to students aged between 5 years and 18 years, its application and integration with the global multicultural and multifaceted society.

Over the past 20 years, it has helped groom a breed of multi-cultural global leaders of next generation that have been shaped by the best of the cultures from east and west.

These youngsters understand the need and value of the cultural values that have been instilled in them through the rigorous program.

Students are also taught discipline, tolerance and devotion in their daily routine. 

The ultimate goal is to throw the light of cultural knowledge on every child, to make every child an outstanding citizen and to spread the song of peace and harmony around the world.

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