Annual talent festival in Sports
When you look back at your childhood and run down memory lane, what makes you smile and fills your heart with joy? For most of us, it's the time spent with our friends, the silly fights we had while playing football matches during monsoons and the number of window panes we broke while dreaming of becoming the next Sachin Tendulkar! Childhood is not only about education but also about exploring our talents and creating fond memories.
Bhumi, one of India’s largest independent and youth volunteer non-profit organisations recognises the need for holistic education. To improve self-confidence and to contribute to children's holistic development through the promotion of extra-curricular activities, Bhumi associated with HP SAMPARK’s voluntary programme for Nakshatra, our annual talent festival.
After three successful editions of Nakshatra in Arts, this was the first time Bhumi’s Mumbai city chapter hosted the sports edition. 493 children from 17 shelter homes showcased their talents in a plethora of sports activities. The key highlight of this event was the presence of 50 children from two other organisations namely ADAPT (Able Disable All People Together) and PODS (Parents of Down’s Syndrome) working towards the needs of specially-abled children.
On April 13, 2019, enthusiastic children, accompanied by their guardians and Bhumi volunteers, reached the HP Grounds at 7 AM. The event kicked off with a beautiful parade by the participants followed by the torch-bearing ceremony and an energy-boosting performance by Bhumi volunteers. The day that followed witnessed an array of sports activities for different age categories - right from track and field events like relay, shotput, 100m, 200m, and 400m race to outdoor games like rink football, cricket, throw ball, Kho-Kho and indoor games like chess, carom, and badminton.
While St Catherine’s Home, Andheri and Ankur Children’s Home, Mira Road were first and second runners up, Sneha Sadan, Chakala bagged the Trophy of Excellence.
Nakshatra was truly a day filled with joy and colour in these children’s lives, helping them dazzle in an environment of healthy company and competition. Most importantly, Nakshatra brought the stars down to the ground - Taare Maidan Par indeed!
March-past to kick off the day
Soaking under the sun for a game of football!
Honouring the outstanding