39th Annual VSNA Convention 2016
July 1st - 3rd

WORKSHOPS (Children and Youth)

We invite children and youth attending 2016 VSNA Convention to register for various workshops that are scheduled for day 1 and day 2 of the convention. Please note the designated age group for participation for each category and the type of activity in which you are interested. Some of these sessions may run in parallel and thus you are urged to check the program details for the workshop schedule on the convention website. Please be on time for the signed up activity. Kindly bring it to our attention if there are any conflicts as many of you may be participating in more than one activity.

It is mandatory that all participants including children should register for the convention before registering for the competitions. Please fill out the form on the web and submit it before June 1, 2016. Children and youth are encouraged to participate in more than one activity.

You can download the copy of the guidlines from the below links:

Workshop Guidelines

Story telling

This is open for young children of ages 11 or less. Children should narrate a story/incidence related to sharaNas work of the past or present. E.g., compilation of scriptures, philanthropy /charity done by an individual uplifting a community in terms of education, sanitation, social reformation, social work, running orphanage, etc. .Duration not exceeding 10 min per child

Speaking of sharaNa

It is open for both children and youth. Candidates will go thru the biographical sketches and/or vachanas or lifetime work of sharaNas such as Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Allama Prabhu, Channabasavanna, etc. Duration of presentation: 10-15 min and depends on the number of speakers for that session.

Video presentation

This requires advance preparation. Children and youth can bring DVDs describing important religious places of interest to veerashaiva community such as Koodala sangama, jyothirlinga, Basava kalyaNa, sharaNas life story and achievements, etc.

Poster presentation

Some of the items to be covered in posters are: photographs with captions/short narration of religious places of interest to the community, vachanas with meaning in English, narrative story on a sharaNa (photograph if available, short biography, work, vachana and its meaning). Please use font size 28 for caption/header and size 24 for text displayed on a poster. We will provide thumb stack to pin the posters (22" x 28" ) on the board (size 22" (width) x 28" (vertical), which will be placed on easels. Please click here to see a model poster board on a vachana (PDF file). Work will be exhibited in the corridor, ballroom, dining areas and during youth session.

Anubhava goshti

We are planning to have two sessions.

  • Session 1: Convention theme: Let purity in body, mind and thoughts reflect in our deeds and words. Come prepared with vachanas that speak volumes on instilling good values in every soul. Any good idea is worthless unless it is put into practice. On the contrary, what we hear now is, “the preachers preach without practicing, and the followers profess and believe without practicing.” We should show utmost respect and civility when we converse with fellow citizens. The speech should demonstrate humble and humility. It should not show arrogance and meanness. Sharanas believed in a close relationship between ‘action’ and ‘talk’. There should not be any difference between ‘speech’ and ‘action’. Your talk should reflect your deeds. You will be worthy only if your actions match your words.
  • Session 2: Environmentalism in the vachanas (for more information please Convention newsletter, ‘chennuDi issue 3 (March)’ article by Shilpa Jagadeesh, moderator for this session. Each year, the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, to promote awareness of environmental issues, and to encourage people to take positive action to preserve and improve the health of our planet. Who does not love nature and its benefit to humanity? Although our vachanakaras and sharanas of the 12th century were extremely devout and promoted the well-being of humanity through spiritual thinking and actions, they did not forget their responsibilities toward the environment in which they lived. Almost all sharanas appreciated the bountiful gifts of nature in various ways through their vachanas. The Basava movement has changed the way the people lived and helped others to live on this beautiful earth.
College/career networking
Discussion with Swamijis and keynote speakers
Seva Day at JSS ashram
Saree/Dhoti draping

Those who are participating in this workshop should bring their own clothes (saree/dhoti). Instructors will demonstrate the art of wearing these dresses.