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Bal Shree 2012 Awards - updated on 25th march 2014

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Every year National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi organise National Bal Shree Selection Camp in four streams ie., Creative Performance, Creative Art, Creative Innovative Science and Creative Writing.    This selection is organised in three levels  viz., Local Level, Zonal Level and National Level.

Bal Shree Scheme seeks to identify creative children within the age group of 9 to16 years in four identified areas of creativity

National Bal Bhavan is a creativity resource centre for children within the age group of 5-16 years which has affiliated state Bal Bhavans across the country. It organizes numerous creative and innovative programmes at Local, Zonal, National and sometimes even at International Level to honour and nurture the creativity in children of India irrespective of their socio economic status through National Bal Shree Scheme. The objectives of the scheme are to identify, nurture and honour creativity in children, create awareness about advocating creativity as a personality development trait amongst teachers, parents and the community, provide opportunities for research work on creativity, establish close linkages between state and central Bal Bhavan and strengthen the Bal Bhavan movement.

This scheme was put into effect in 1995 . The rationale behind this scheme – ‘The Bal Shree Scheme’, is that creativity is a human potential that directly relates to self expression and self-development.

The objectives of the scheme are: identifying, nurturing and honouring creative children, creating awareness about advocating creativity as a personality development trait amongst teachers, parents and the community, providing opportunities for research work on creativity, establishing close linkages between state and central Bal Bhavan and strengthening the Bal Bhavan movement.

The Bal Shree Honour consists ofA Plaque, A Citation, Cash Award (Vikas Patra) and Literature Set (Consisting of Books of interest to children)

All the children who are selected for the Zonal and National Level are also given participation certificates in recognition of their creative ability.

To motivate the children to further pursue their creativity in the chosen fields the Government of India has also announced cash incentives for the children who reach upto the National levels of Bal Shree selection Process.

The children between 14 to 16 years receive Chacha Nehru Scholarship for Artistic and Innovative Excellence  from NCERT. The scholarship of Rs. 500/- per month is given to children studying in classes IX to XII, till they complete class XII.




Bal Shree Awards for the year 2008, 2009 &2010 conferred.
The Bal Shree Awards for the year 2008, 2009 and 2010 were conferred to 147 Awardees at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi by the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. D. Purandeswari, here last evening. The 147 Awardees comprise 52 awardees for the year 2008, 14 for Creative Performance (including 1 differently abled child) 13 for Creative Art (including 2 differently abled children), 13 for Creative Scientific Innovation and 12 for Creative Writing. 56 Awardees for the year 2009 including 15 for Creative Performance (1 differently abled child) 15 for Creative Art, 15 for Creative Scientific Innovation and 11 for Creative Writing. For the year 2010, 39 children are being conferred the honours: 12 for Creative Performance including, 4 differently abled children , 12 for Creative Art, 8 for Creative Scientific Innovation and 7 for Creative Writing. The honour function was presided over by Secretary (SE&L) and Chairperson, National Bal Bhavan, Smt. Anshu Vaish.


President gives away National Bal Shree Honour - 2007
The President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil today gave away National Bal Shree Honour – 2007 to 50 children. Shri Arjun Singh, Human Resource Development Minister presided over the function. These children have been selected in four different streams from different States of India for this prestigious Bal Shree Honour.

On this occasion Smt. Patil said that Creativity is often inherent in each child but remains dormant, until given opportunity and space for growth. It is the duty of the parents and teachers to channelise the energy of children towards activities that are useful, artistic and challenging.

Presiding over the function, Shri Arjun Singh, Minister of Human Resources Ministry said that Educational interventions must be sensitive to the special needs of girls- Particularly adolescent girls to deal with their problems, insecurities and doubts in a friendly environment.

Three children among the Bal Shree Awardees are children of special needs - Miss Gore Bhatla, 15+ of Bal Bhavan Kanpur, Miss Shruti Bhatla, 15+ from Bal Bhavan Kanpur and Mstr. Mstr. Rizwan Azimuddin Shaikh, 13+ of Bal Bhavan Society, Vadodara. All three of them have been selected for Bal Shree Honour in Creative Art Stream. Besides them Mstr. Yashawant Kumar Vaishnav, 14+ of Raipur, Chhattisgarh, Miss Krishna Bindu Vijay, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Kollam, Miss Ipshita Sinha,15+ of Jawahar Shishu Bhavan, Kolkata, Miss Arya Krishnan, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Mstr. Dhruv Souran, 15+ of Bal Bhavan, Jaipur, Mstr. Sabari Shriram Thiagrajan, 14+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, Miss Urvi Manocha, 9+ of Bal Bhavan, Chandigarh, Miss P.Srinithi, 13+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Pudukkottai, Miss D. Karthika Anagha, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Hyderabad, Miss Amrutha P.Nair, 11+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Hyderabad, Miss Megha Sharma, 15+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi and Miss Sripathi Alekhya, 15+ of Bal Bhavan, Nellore have been selected for the Bal Shree Honour in Creative Performance Stream. Mstr. Subhajit Bagchi, 12+ of Jawahar Shishu Bhavan, Howrah, Mstr. Sumanta Dey, 15+ of Jawahar Shishu Bhavan, Kolkata, Mstr. Yudhajit Amit Datta, 14+ of Bal Bhavan Society, Vadodara, Mstr. Yogesh Baroliya, 13+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, Miss Indira Tiwari, 14+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Bhopal, Miss Anu Henry, 14+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Thrissur, Miss Tanya Paul, 15+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, Mstr. Madhav Sankar R. Warrier, 13+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Miss Ayushee Tripathy, 13+ of Bal Bhavan Board, Daman, Miss Kanayaka Bhattacharya, 15+ of Jawahar Shishu Bhavan, Kolkata, Mstr. Rishikesh, 15+ of Bal Bhavan, Bangalore, Mstr. Shubham Verma, 13+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Bhopal, Mstr. V.J. Unnikrishnan, 14+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Kollam, Miss Shwetha Vishwakarma, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Chennai, Mstr. Samved Sharma, 15+ of Raipur, Chhatisgarh, Miss Seles K. Babu, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Thrissur and Miss Kunatharaju Mrudula, 14+ of V.C.S.P., Vishakhapatnam have been selected for the Bal Shree Honour in Creative Arts Stream. In Creative Scientific Innovations Stream Mstr. Aditya Vaibhav Joglekar, 10+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Mumbai, Mstr. Satyabrata Jena, 13+ of District Bal Bhavan, Cuttack, Mstr. Mehul Kumar, 14+ of Bal Bhavan, Jaipur, Mstr Ashmeet Singh, 14+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, Mstr. Upamanyu Moitra, 13+ of Jawahar Shishu Bhavan, Kolkata, Mstr. S. Hemanth, 13+ of Bal Bhavan, Nellore, Mstr. Kshitij Mukesh Gupta, 15+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Mumbai, Mstr. M.S.R. Harith Kumar, 13+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Hyderabad, Mstr. Prateek Saxena, 14+ of Bal Bhavan Vidyut Nagar, Miss Janaki Padmakumar 15+ of Sai Bal Bhavan, Aurangabad, Mstr. Shashank Sahu 14+ of Bal Bhavan, Kanpur, Mstr. D.N. Ramakrishnan, 15+ of Bal Bhavan Society, Vadodara, Mstr. Ashish Behra, 14+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi and Mstr. Bhaskar Vats, 12+ of National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi have been selected for the Bal Shree Honour and in Creative Writing Stream Miss Minnu A.S., 14+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Thiruvanthapuram, Mstr. Advait Sanjay Sonar, 13+ of Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Mumbai and Mstr. Deepak Dwivedi, 15+ of Raipur, Chhattisgarh have been selected for the Bal Shree Honour.
President Presents Bal Shree Honour –2006 to 22 Children

The President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam today presented Bal Shree Honour 2006 to 22 children at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.“National Bal Shree Scheme” is a unique endeavour of National Bal Bhavan to honour the most creative children of India. The Bal Shree Honour is an effort to provide proper conditions for overall development of children’s personality  by nurturing their creativity in four streams i.e.Creative Performance, Creative Arts, Creative Scientific Innovation and Creative Writing. Creative children of India within the age group of 9 to16 years are thus identified in the above fields through this scheme.

The Children selected for National Bal Shree Honour-2006 are:-

Creative Performance

1. Ms. Manjari Mukherjee                     15+                   (Jawahar Sishu Bhavan Kolkata)

2. Ms. Barkha Prashant Naik                10+                   (Bal Bhavan Goa)

3. Ms. Arza Varshini                             11+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Hyderabad)

4. Ms. Bhavya Pandit                           14+                   (Bal Bhavan Mumbai)

5. Ms. Ridhi N. Gupte                           14+                   (Bal Bhavan Vadodara)

Creative Arts

1. Ms. Protijayi Chatterjee                     11+                   (Jawahar Sishu Bhavan Howrah)           

2. Mstr. Neeraj A. Chokshi                    14+                   (Bal Bhavan Vadodara)

3. Mstr. Sahil Aggarwal                          13+                   (Bal Bhavan Chandigarh)

4. Mstr. A. Velmurugan                          15+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Puducherry)

5. Ms. K. Manogana                                9+                    (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Hyderabad)

6. Mstr. Dinesh                                      12+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Pudukottai)

(Special Category, suffering

from Cerebral Palsy)

Creative Scientific Innovation

1. Ms. Jigisha Arun Marwale                15+                   (Bal Bhavan Aurangabad)

2. Ms. P. Sharmila Yadav              15+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Puducherry)

3. Ms. Mansi Gokhale                                    15+                   (Bal Bhavan Vododara)

4. Mstr. D. Padamanaban               14+                   (Bal Bhavan Puducherry)

5. Mstr. Ishan Wadhwa                                       9+                    (National Bal Bhavan, Delhi)

6. Ms. Neha Mehrotra                                    14+                   (Bal Bhavan Allahabad)

   (Special Category, suffering from                                                                                          severe spinal muscular dystrophy)                                                                                                 

Creative Writing

1. Ms. Avipsha Das                              14+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Pudukottai)

2. Mstr. Siddhartha Chandra                        15+                   (Jawahar Bal Bhavan Chennai)


3. Ms. Tanya Anne Pinto                    13+                   (Bal Bhavan Goa)

4. Mstr. Mohan Lal Delu                                     12+                   (Bal Bhavan Silvassa)

5. Ms. Shivali Unishree                                    14+                   (Bal Bhavan Rihand Nagar)


At the annual Bal Shree Awards 2004 ceremony, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam honoured 22 children from around the country. Among the awardees were 13-year-old Vinod from SOS village Karnataka, 12-year-old Manshri Uday Soman from Maharashtra, 15-year-old Natvar Raghubhai Surela (son of a vegetable vendor from Gujarat), and 13-year-old K. Janarthan from Tamil Nadu -- all children with disabilities. Their parents and other members of the audience could barely hold back their pride when the President walked down to each of these students to present the award to them.

President Kalam urged the Centre to explore ways to reduce syllabi for primary schools and lighten the load of the student. He concluded with a suggestion to officials at the Bal Bhavan to promote creativity. “I suggest the creation of Bal Bhavans in the rural areas for promoting creativity and innovation among our rural youth, awarding 10 ‘creative teachers’ as part of best teachers honour presented for recognising creativity among students, and creating a research cell as part of Bal Bhavan to study the creative potential among children. Bal Bhavan should also look at introducing a feedback column in its website for periodic interaction between the awardees and the Bal Bhavan Research Cell.”








Speech by her excellency the President of India, Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, at the Presentation of Bal Shree Awards at New Delhi on 10th June, 2008.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Bal Shree Awards ceremony. I congratulate the young award winners on this occasion as well as National Bal Bhavan for making efforts to nurture the creative potential of children. I understand that the awards are being given in four streams of creativity - art, performance, scientific innovation and writing. The possibility of adding areas like photography, computer animation, social service among others, in which awards can be given, could be explored.

Children are by nature curious and inquisitive. As a person who loved children, Pandit Nehru was, forever, encouraging children to explore the world which he told them was full of beauty, charm and adventure. He felt that an innovative and pioneering spirit was necessary for the development of the nation. It was with this objective that in 1956 Pandit Nehru founded the National Bal Bhavan.

I am happy that the National Bal Bhavan has continued its work for over five decades by organizing various events that provide opportunities for children to interact and experiment. The Bhavan and its various Kendras serve as activity centres for children to experiment and learn new things. It instituted the National Bal Shree Awards in 1996, a step which has been useful in encouraging the young to come forward to convey their thoughts creatively through different media. I have come to know that children in large numbers are participating in the selection process of the Awards. What is also commendable is that the scheme provides a common platform and equal opportunity to the abled and differently-abled children for expressing their talent and getting recognition. I think children living in rural areas and those belonging to the disadvantaged sections should be given special coverage.

Creativity is often inherent in each child but remains dormant, until given opportunity and space for growth. It is the duty of the parents and teachers to channelise the energy of children towards activities that are useful, artistic and challenging. The minds of the children and their thinking faculties are sharpened by encouraging them to ask questions so that they understand basics of an issue well and can deal with problems. The child should have the ability to find solutions for day-to-day issues and transform every challenge into an opportunity.

Creativity is a very crucial human ability that allows an individual to think independently and to have power of imagination. Since I am talking to children, I will tell you a story of Emperor Akbar and Birbal which illustrates how a problem can be solved creatively. One day, Emperor Akbar asked Birbal to draw, within a week, a painting using his imagination, failing which he would be punished. Birbal was very worried as he had never painted in his life. But nevertheless after a week, Birbal came to the Court carrying a canvas on which he had painted the ground, the sky and a small patch of green. Emperor Akbar got very angry and asked what this painting was all about. Birbal replied that it was a cow eating grass. When Akbar asked where the cow and the grass were, Birbal replied that he had used his imagination - the cow had eaten the grass and returned to its shed. Such was the wit and imagination of Birbal!

I have seen that a questioning and an inquisitive mind, which wants to know why things are happening in a certain way, can often find an explanation for many of the mysteries of the world as also push the frontiers of knowledge further to explore new areas and make new discoveries. Apples had been falling on the ground since time immemorial. But it was an apple falling on Newton’s head that triggered him to think why it was happening. Through his scientific investigation and work, the world understood the concepts of gravity and motion, which brought dramatic changes in the way we think and laid the foundation for modern engineering. Thereafter, the question asked was - what if there was no gravity? The answer led to scientists thinking about weightlessness which could occur in space, beyond the field of earth’s gravitation. Einstein then came forward with the theory of relativity. Thus began the exploration of outer space. Then the question rose why only exploration of space, why not go to the Moon and other planets. This resulted in man landing on the Moon in 1969 and today, we have a spacecraft on Mars which is exploring the possibility of life on that Planet. I am telling you this, as one discovery leads to another and you children as the future generation, must be prepared to invent, create and innovate for contributing to this ever expanding wave of human understanding. Young children should look at issues, with inquiring minds and attempt to prepare for the future which will have its own challenges and opportunities. We are living in a knowledge based society, where technological advances everyday are shaping and changing the world. You are participants in this change and can determine its course. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Your hands and minds would shape the future that awaits the world!

India is a land of creativity. Advanced human civilizations have flourished in it from ancient times. We have had, since very early days, eminent scientists and mathematicians like Aryabhatta and Brahmagupta; poets like Kalidas and Subramanya Bharathi; musicians like Tansen and Tyagaraja; grammarian Panini who is considered the founder of Linguistics as he put together the structure of the grammar of Sanskrit and Sushruta considered as the first surgeon in the world. Fresco paintings at Ajanta and Ellora, the Sanchi Stupa and the Ashoka Pillar all of which have been here for more than 2000 years. These achievements reflect the creative thinking and the hard work of our forefathers, of which we are the proud inheritors. It is this resourceful and entrepreneurial talent that our country needs today as it moves ahead to become a modern nation.

It is important that irrespective of the activity you choose in life - whether be it a doctor, scientist, artist, painter, photographer, administrator, engineer or whatever - you should follow the path of truth, tolerance, compassion and work for the success of the country and for the welfare of the mankind. Respect for moral, ethical and human values goes a long way to build the foundation of character of a person and that of a nation.

I once again congratulate all the Bal Shree awardees and the National Bal Bhavan for recognizing and igniting the creative spark in the new generation.”



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