Sports and Culture
Promotion of Sports among rural youth
Shamayita Math stepped into its second year in its endeavour to promote sports and games among the rural youths of the locality through Shamayita Sports Academy (SPA). The organization feels that development of this potential which lies hidden among the rural children belonging to backward community is one of the important aspects of development of the rural community. Throughout the second year SPA has been providing training in football to 60 number of youths and in athletics to 20 number of youths including girls through a team of devoted and experienced coach with the aim to transform them into professional players. Also the football and athletics team participated in block ,district and state level competitions. During 2011-12 SPA participated in four knock out football tournaments. In athletics, 10 students of SPA participated in Gangajalghati Block Youth Festival, 2011 under PYKKA (Panchayat Youth Krida Khel Abhiyan) scheme on 8th and 9th Dec, 2011 out of which 2 students were selected for district level competition held in Bankura. Both the students secured 1 and 3 positions respectively in the district level meet.
Urmila Hembram who secured first position in 100 m race was selected for state level competition which was held in Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 5 January,2012. She secured 2nd position in relay race, 5th position in 100 m race in state level meet. Seven students of Athletics participated in the meet of District Sports Association held on 22 January, 2012 and all were successful and secured positions. Besides this,the college going students participated in inter and intra college level meet and proved to be successful. For representing SPA in different football tournaments, two sets of jersey, pair of socks, kits bag were distributed to the trainees. Foundation Day was celebrated on 24 July, 2011 where Sri Sushil Kr Verma, the State coordinator (Jharkhand) & In-charge Sports Authority of India, Ranchi and Sri Abhay Kumar , ex-footballer of Indian Team and the coach of Mohunbagan Junior Football team addressed thestudents of SPA.
Kherwal Tukou - Annual Tribal Cultural Meet
Shiulibona, located in the foothills of Susunia hills in Chhatna block of Bankura is known in the district for Kherwal Tukou- the colourful tribal festival held every year in the month of January. Shamayita Math is associated with Shiulibona since the year 1995 when charitable homeopathy medical dispensary first reached the village to provide treatment to the underserved tribal population of the remote village.
It was through this homeopathy dispensary that the tribal people of Shiulibona came to know about Sri Sri Prabhuji, the founder of Shamayita Math. Through the close association of the villagers with Him, Prabhuji was touched by the pain and sorrow of the distressed villagers, which gave birth to His dreams of making Shiulibona a model village, where each family residing in the village will have adequate food and a secured livelihood. The first day of the calendar year, i.e.1st January is celebrated as 'Kherwal Tukou'- the tribal festival which is a communion of tribal brothers and sisters all over the district.
On the occasion of Kherwal Tukou, a sports meet was held in December, 2011 where about 800 bare foot tribal girls and boys from remote rural villages participated with great enthusiasm. The cultural performance was held on 31 December, 2011 and 1 January, 2012 and about 20,000 people from all over Bankura participated in the festival. Tribal dance like
Lagde, Dahar , Lat Balang, Saharay, Rinja, Dang , Natua, Pata, Danshay were presented by local villages like Paharbedia, Gidhuria, Jadavpur , Bamundiha, Hanspahari , Shiulibona and Suabasa and villages like Ranibandh,Penchargara, Tentuliarakh from Saltora and South Bankura. 'Dhol' waspresented by a professional group from village Kuylara near Chhatna.
Another attraction was folk dance- 'Siddhi Goma' from Gujrati and 'Ghungra' from Orissa. Dance with Rabindra Sangeet sung in Santhali language was presented by a professional dance group 'Rabi Kiran' from Santiniketan. The dance performance from Gujrat was sponsored by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata and tribal dance-'Danshay' from Jhargram was sponsored by Paschim Banga Lok Sanskriti o Adibasi Kendra.
Open air free lunch was aranged for all. Prize distribution to the winners of the tribal sports was held. Distribution of about 200 blankets to the poor and the needy was carried out.