Chinmaya Mission Miami's
"I LOVE GITA"
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition 2012
Celebrating Shri Gita Jayanti and Shri Tapovan Jayanti
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 2-6 p.m.
FAU A.D. Henderson School, Boca Raton
Thanks to all the Organizers, Participants, and Families who came to support this event!
Group A: Grades PreK-2
Second Place: AARABHI RANI (Grade KG, Memorized)
Honorable Mention: SHIVANI CHANDRASEKAR (Grade KG, Memorized)
Group B: Grades 3-8
First Place: MANAS MAHAJAN (Grade 5, Memorized)
Second Place: VISHWESHWAR RAMANAKUMAR (Grade 6, Memorized)
Honorable Mention: ANISH RAVICHANDRAN (Grade 5, Memorized)
Group C: Grades 9-12 and Adults
First Place, Group C: APOORVA RAVICHANDRAN (Grade 9, Memorized)
Second Place, Group C: RAMANAKUMAR NATARAJAN (Open Book)
Honorable Mention: RENUKA RAMACHANDRAN (Grade 12, Open Book)
Honorable Mention: LAVANYA RANI (Memorized)
Open Book Verses
Chinmaya Mission Miami’s Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition 2012
Chinmaya Mission Miami held its annual "I Love Gita" Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at FAU A.D. Henderson School in Boca Raton. Every year, this competition celebrates the auspicious occasions of Shri Gita Jayanti and Shri Tapovan Jayanti (the birth of His Holiness Swami Tapovanam, the Guru of Swami Chinmayananda). The competition is the original concept of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda, who created it to promote the teachings of the Gita in every child's life.
Offered in open book and memorized categories, the competition is open to all ages. This year's 24 participants were assigned for chanting select, consecutive verses from Gita chapters 8 and 9. Judging criteria included clarity, tune, pronunciation, and memorization. A total of ten laudable winners from the various age/grade groups, namely, Group A: Grades PreK-2, Group B: Grades 3-8, and Group C: Grades 9 and up.
The event began with the chanting of invocation prayers and the Gita Dhyanam, a hymn that extols Maharshi Veda Vyasa, Lord Krishna, and the Holy Gita. Master of ceremonies Jeyanthi Rajaselvarasu spoke on the glories of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and Chinmaya Mission's Gita Chanting Competitions, and welcomed each participant to the stage.
Each participant chanted Gita verses, either memorized or open book. The judges and audience members appreciated the extraordinary efforts of the participants in time, memory skills, and Sanskrit diction. At periodic intervals, various Chinmaya Bala Vihar students offered Indian classical music and dance performances.
The judges were Swamini Akhilananda (clarity, pronunciation, memorization), Kiran Balchandani (tune), and Bhooma Sailappan (overall presentation). Before the winners were announced, all the participants came forward to offer Gita Aarti at the altar. The MC offered deep gratitude to Pujya Gurudev and thanked all the participants, judges, and attendees in various languages.
Swamini Akhilananda (CM Miami Acharya) offered thanks to the Henderson School and asked Iris Bernstein to accept tokens of appreciation on behalf of Chinmaya Mission Miami. She also thanked the team of volunteer organizers, and then presented beautiful certificates and participation gifts to all the chanters.
At long last, Aparnaji announced the winners by group, from Honorable Mention Winners, to the Runner Up Winner, to the First Place Winner. The highly coveted prizes were excitedly received, and the audience heartily applauded and congratulated all the winners and participants.
By the Lord's grace and Guru's blessings, the event successfully concluded with a shanti mantra.