Programs and Activities

Heritage Class


Heritage class is held every Sunday in the Cultural Center from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm during September through May.

The goals of the Heritage class are to expose the children of Indian origin to their cultural roots, to bring awareness of the rich Indian traditions and values, and to understand the significance of religious and spiritual practices.

The class follows the core texts of PURNA VIDYA, which is the version of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam’s Vedic Heritage teaching program (arshavidya.org), as well as material from the BAL VIHAR books. Shlokas, Stotras and Bhajans are also taught.

Class Structure and Curriculum for 2016-17:

Rig Veda: K- 1st grade – Panchatantra

Sama Veda: 2nd-3rd grades – Ramayana
Yajur Veda: 4th – 6th grades – Ishwara and Values
Atharv Veda: 7th – 8th grades – TBD
Upanishads: High School (9-12th grades) – Community outreach and activities, volunteering
Adult Vedanta Study Group

“One’s wisdom and appreciation of beauty manifests through various forms of one’s culture.
And the study of one’s cultural heritage leads to the appreciation of beauty and wisdom in life.”
– Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati

We try to make the classes very interactive and fun for the children. We celebrate festivals. We sing, chant, and explore our rich heritage through many stories! We end the academic year with the Annual Heritage Day which showcases the students’ knowledge learned throughout the year.

~ Heritage Class Sevaks and Sevikas

Contact Preeti Bavdekar at 518-301-5854 or pbavdekar@gmail.com or heritageclass@yahoo.com

Click here for Heritage Class Shlokas and Bhajans

Click here for Heritage Class Calendar

Educational Classes

Every Sunday
10:30am-11:30am
Jyoti Swaminathan
Classroom 2

Sanskrit Classes
Sunday, 9:15-10:30 AM (Children)
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm (Adults)
V.S. Kaushik
518.965.4224
vskaushik01@gmail.com

1ST & 3RD Friday
6:30pm-7:30pm
Joe Gullie
Classroom 2

A Series of Classes
Sundays, 1:30-3:00pm
Krishnan Ramaswamy or
Gauri Mehta 518.421.9301
krinfinity@gmail.com

Yoga Classes (Call or email to register)

Every Sunday, 10:00 – 10:30AM (Heritage Class Calendar)
Contact: Anurag Chandra
chandrA@mail.amc.edu

 

Thursday, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Jo Kitzman
Classroom 3
kitzmankjo@aol.com

Monday & Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00pm
518.466.3493
bkalbany.ny@gmail.com

Dance and Music Classes

(Bharatnatyam, Folk and Semi Classical)
Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Angana Patel
518.312.6488
tinupatel@aol.com

 

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Vishvesh Obla
Dinning hall
518.785.­6831

 

Monday, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sunday, 12:30pm-4:30
Sujatha Sundar
Basement Classroom 1
518. ­698.1179

(Bollywood and Semi Classical)
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Angana Patel of Nrityangana Dance Academy
518.312.6488

Every  Sunday
12:00pm – 2:00pm
518.258.7214 and 518.222.1129
apsbharatnatyam@gmail.com