The annual two day Balmela, organised by the Department of Human Development of the Dr. Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College Of Home Science, opened at its Matunga campus today.
Aimed at children between the ages of 2 to 8, and open to all, this is the only event of its kind to welcome special children as well.
Into its 15th year, the children’s festival attracts up to 3,000 children and adults and offers a range of activities suitable for different age groups.
This year, the theme of the festival is Artistic Expressions and encourages various art forms, including visual arts, the performing arts, and literary arts. So children can paint, or sing and dance, while older children can write etc.
Balmela is significant because of its completely inclusive nature. Not only do the children get an opportunity to learn new things completely different from their classrooms, but they also have a chance to discover their own talents.
On offer, there are puppet shows, dramatization, and creative activities, the results of which they can take back home. These activities are aimed at assessing children’s fine and gross motor skills, while their socio-emotional and language development is facilitated through puppet shows, dramatization, and other activities.
Entry to the festival is through the Prangan Nursery on the ground floor. The festival, which started yesterday is going on today as well.