Programs and Activities


BalaVihar (Heritage Class)

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

The goals of BalaVihar are to Promote, instill, and foster Indian culture in children of our community to build character, self-esteem and leadership to raise them as responsible and compassionate citizens.

The class follows the BalaVihar curriculum, which is the version of Chinmaya missions Vedic Heritage teaching program (balavihar). Prayers, Shlokas, Stotras and Yoga are also taught.

Class Structure and Curriculum for 2017-18:

Kindergarten : The Alphabet Safari

1st grade – Bala Ramayana
2nd grade – Sri Hanuman the Superman
3rd grade – Bala Bhagvatam
4th grade – Krishna Krishna Everywhere; My 24 Teachers
5th grade – Symbolism in Hinduism
6th grade – India, The Sacred Land
7th grade – P.O. Box Mr.God; Key to Success
8th grade – Yato Dharmah, Tato Jayah
9th grade – Hindu Culture
10th, 11th, 12th grade – Gita for Youth;Community outreach and activities, volunteering
Adults –   Vedanta Study Group

“Children are not vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit. The seed of
spiritual value should be sown in young hearts…It must be cared for with
the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth
flowers of brotherhood, love, peace, bliss, and Perfection.”.

– Pujya Swami Chinmayananda

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.

~ BalaVihar Sevaks and Sevikas

Contact Vijay Oruganti at 518-364-8642 or email [email protected]

Click here for Heritage Class Shlokas and Bhajans

Click here for BalaVihar Calendar 

Educational Classes

Every Sunday
Jyoti Swaminathan
Classroom 2
Sanskrit Classes
Sunday, 9:15-10:30 AM (Children)
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm (Adults)
V.S. Kaushik
[email protected]
1ST & 3RD Friday
Joe Gullie
Classroom 2
A Series of Classes
Sundays, 1:30-3:00pm
Krishnan Ramaswamy or
Gauri Mehta 518.421.9301
[email protected]

Yoga Classes (Call or email to register)

Every Sunday, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Click here for details
[email protected]


Thursday, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Jo Kitzman
Classroom 3
[email protected]
Monday & Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00pm
[email protected]

Dance and Music Classes

Monday, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Sunday, 12:30pm-4:30
Sujatha Sundar
Basement Classroom 1
518. ­698.1179
(Bharatnatyam, Folk and Semi Classical)
Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Angana Patel
[email protected]

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Vishvesh Obla
Dinning hall


Mommy and Me Class for ages 3-6

Bollywood,Semi classical
(8 sessions) for ages: 3-6 yrs 
Fee: $120 per child 
Saturdays, 9:00am-10:00am 
Contact: [email protected] 
or 518.312.6488
Every  Sunday
12:00pm – 2:00pm
518.258.7214 and 518.222.1129
[email protected]
(Bollywood and Semi Classical)
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Angana Patel of Nrityangana Dance Academy