At a time when most people identify modern India with Bollywood and ancient India with complicated religious practices, the Puranava Children’s Indian Culture Fest brought a fresh experience of both ancient and modern India —the real India with her essentially philosophical underlying way of life coupled with the bright, colorful diversity of her widely different regional cultures.
The event was organized by Global Organization for Divinity, Houston chapter, and was held April 7 at Rogers Middle School in Pearland. This project was supported by a city of Pearland Cultural Arts Grant program from the city of Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The event featured educative, fun India-themed quiz and art competitions; regional exhibits showcasing cultures from northern, southern, eastern and western India; a musical play put on by children about the life of a great Indian saint; dance performances featuring the classical dance forms Odissi and Bharatanatyam; an Indian folk Puppet Show; booths with henna, Indian vegetable and plant saplings and Indian children’s books; Try-a-Sari and photo booths; vendor booths selling Indian saris, jewelry, toys, etc.; raffle door prizes sponsored by numerous local businesses and restaurants; kids arts and crafts activities; a scavenger hunt; and much more.
Special guests at the event were Mayor Tom Reid of Pearland, Mayor Debra Davison of Manvel, Ranjana Narasimhan and Tupil Narasimhan. They addressed the audience and immensely appreciated G.O.D.’s community service. They also gave away prizes to the competition winners. Ranjana delivered the keynote and spoke encouraging words to the young generation.
Global Organization for Divinity aims to promote peace, harmony and universal love amid cultural diversity through inner transformation. It is a worldwide organization with chapters in several major U.S. cities and globally in several countries. G.O.D. frequently organizes cultural arts events that encompass performing and visual arts, as well as cultural arts education including year-round children’s/youth cultural and arts events, classes and camps.