| Participants in the National Children Folk Dance Festival organised by Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan and (right) a calligraphy camp at the centre last year. Telegraph pictures |
Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan has made it to the Limca Book of Records 2014 for organising the “largest children’s sports event” two years ago.
A Bal Olympiad, held from December 23-26, 2012, saw the participation of around 7,500 children getting the organisation into the record books.
The recognition is a major feat for the organisation that was commissioned six years ago. Officials of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, a wing of the education department, said they had considered entering the Guinness World Records but changed plans and went ahead for the Limca Book of Records.
Jyoti Parihar, the director of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, said: “We were thinking about getting our name registered in the Guinness World Records. But we had to drop the idea because we estimated it would have been a very costly affair. We would have had to provide airfare to the officials associated with the Guinness World Records, apart from bearing some other expenses. So far as applying to the Limca Book of Records was concerned, we did not have to look after these formalities. So, we applied for it. We are happy that finally, we have made it to the record books.”
The Bal Olympiad, a state-level sports event, was organised for children aged between nine and 16 years. The participants came from across Bihar at the Moinul Haque Stadium.
The event featured games like kabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball and athletics.
The Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, commissioned by the education department in 2008, aims at honing creativity among children by providing them various kinds of training, including singing, dancing, sports and extra-curricular activities.
While initially, 500 students — mostly from financially backward families — were involved with Kilkari, today, it imparts training to as many as 2,000 students. Around 5,000 students are also associated with Kilkari indirectly.
To encourage saving among children, Kilkari also started Bachcha Bank in 2009. The bank is managed and run by the children of Kilkari and as of April 2014, it has 1,788 clients.