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520 Young Artists Perform For Christa Nanama Christmas Programme At Ballari; Religious Leaders Urge

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BALLARI, DEC. 15, 2014: Christa Namana Christmas TV programme which will be telecast live by Doordarshan’s Chandana Channel was held Dec. 14 at Ballari.

Over 3-hour long colourful cultural fiesta involving 520 young artistes was held at Good Shepherd Auditorium.

The event was jointly organized by Doordarshan Kendra Bangalore, All India Radio Ballari-Hosapete, Catholic Diocese of Bellary and United Christian Forum Ballari.

Christa Namana annual event was the ninth in the series was¬†inaugurated by Archbishop Bernard Moras, Archbishop of¬†¬†Bangalore, Bishop Henry D’Souza of Ballari, Swami Kalyana Mahaswamii, Khaji Ghouse Siddiqui, Brahmakumari Nirmalaji and Ballari MLA Sri Anil Lad.

Dr. Mahesh Joshi, IBS, Additional Director General (South Zone) Doordarshan, Sri N. Chandrashekar, Deputy Director General, DDK Bengaluru, and Sri Arun Prabhakar, Director (Engineering) AIR, Ballari- Hosapete were present.

In his message Archbishop Bernard Moras reminded “the first Christmas took place in a humble, simple and divine manger, ushering in a new era of peace and harmony”.

Archbishop urged “to end all forms of violence and¬†discrimination¬†based on caste, creed and language”.

In his message Bishop Henry D’Souza stated “As child Jesus is the centre of the Christmas crib, all humans and the entire humanity is invited to be God-centred, bringing God to the centre stage of human life”.

Bishop D’Souza observed that excessive craze for material possessions, power and position are taking centre stage, relegating God to periphery, “depriving humanity of meaning in life, peace and joy of living”.

“Of late some are even making gods of their own and¬†worshiping¬†them through intolerance, brutal violence and even inhuman cruelty”,¬†he regretted.

“At Christmas God assumed humanity, raising it to greater honour and dignity. Therefore all human beings should be treated with respect and dignity. All forms of violence, especially violence against women, children, aged and religious intolerance must end”, he added.




























“Jesus Christ through his life and message of love, service and forgiveness belongs not merely to Christians but to the entire humanity”, declared Swami Kallyanji.

Ballari City MLA Sri Anil Lad lauded the community for “such an impressive Christa Namana programme and appreciated the dedicated service rendered by the Christian community”.

In his introductory words Dr. Mahesh Joshi recalled “the Christian missionaries gave Kannada dictionary, published the first Kannada periodical and contributed immensely to the cultural and spiritual heritage of Karnataka”.

Madhu and party from Bengaluru, Ballari city institutions such as St. Philomena’s School, St. Mary’s School, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, St. Joseph’s Boys School, Holy Cross School Laxminagar Camp, St. Anthony Cathedral Choir, Cantonment Church Choir, Bandihatti Church Choir, Nava Jeevana Centre for Physically Challenged, Trinity Church Choir, CSI Churches, and many other organizations contributed programmes to Christa Namana.

Vicar General of Ballari Diocese Fr. Paul Raj welcomed the large audience and Fr. Maxim Dias, co-coordinator of the programme proposed the vote of thanks.

The colourful programme ended with many in the audience including the dignitaries joining the Santa Klaus dancing to the tune of “Jingle Bells...”.




























The programme will be telecast on Doordrshan’s Chandana Channel at 9.30 am on Dec. 24 and 9.30 pm on Dec. 25.













































































































































































































































































































































































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