Our Bala Vihar Teachers

Chinmaya Mission Houston Bala Vihar provides a structured and consistent Sunday activity that binds a family towards a common cause of all round spiritual growth for the entire family. It provides families a common frame of reference founded on the Vedanta’s millennia tested principles, to discuss and navigate the world that children face every day. It allows parents to convey to their children their respect and love for the culture of India and strengthen their children’s spiritual foundation. In a true tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara – children get to observe the results of hundreds of volunteers at Mission working in a Karmayoga spirit of dedication to Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda.

A team of specially trained, experienced, and dedicated teachers conduct the Bala Vihar program. Through games, arts, crafts, stories, and other unique techniques, the Bala Vihar program teaches and reinforces spiritual and cultural values. The curriculum designed for all grade levels (Pre-KG through Grade 12) is creative and dynamic and covers a wide range of topics. 

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Grade/
Subject
Room No. Topic Session 1 Session 2
Pre-KG S 117 Miscellaneous         Suparna Kulkarni, Datta Mehta, Surya Kantipudi Latha Raman, Rita Mistry
KG N 105 Bala Vihar Alphabet Priya Mohan, Rupali Tandon Rekha Trivedi, Deepa Suresh
Grade 1 S 110 Bala Ramayana Margi Dhruv, Parvathi Sriram Dhara Surati, Veena Nayak
Grade 2 N 103 Hanumanji         Kanan Mehta, Indu Jain Harsha Odhav, Sushila Patel
Grade 3 S 107 Bala Bhagavatam Alpa Kabnur  Karuna Tailor, Nisha Mehta
Grade 4 S 112 Krsna Lila and My 24 Teachers Viji Chakravarthy, Kalpana Lalloo Rekha Dixit, Shetal Upadhyay, Ramya Badala
Grade 5 N 204 Symbolism in Hinduism Priya Jayashankar, Shilpa Byrichetty Shobha Ravishankar, Smita Agrawal, Sarita Sheth
Grade 6 S 202 India, the Sacred Land Madhu Mittal, Pooja Dasani, Param Moothath Meena Aithala, Mrudula Madireddy, Purvi Dhutia
Grade 7 N 202 P.O. Box Mr. God Dipti Kothari, Shreevani Rao Padmaja Reddy, Aarati Randeria
Grade 8 S 201 Yato Dharma Tato Jaya Shalini Somaraj, Ruchira Shah Radhika Koppanur, Shobha Shekhar
Grade 9 S 109 Hindu Culture Padmashree Rao, Darshana Desai Deepthi Raju, Sreedevi Gundamaraju
Grade 10 S 203 Bhagavad Gita Jayshri Naik, Vivek Chitale, Dinkar Naik Mamatha Narra, Priti Parikh, Krishna Narra
Grade 11 N 203 Bhagavad Gita Manasa Kethireddipalli  Asha Kohli
Grade 12/CHYK S 108 Self Unfoldment Sneha Sandhane  

Language, Bhajana, Orchestra, Slokathon Teachers

Grade Room No Session 1 Teachers Room No Session 2 Teachers
Hindi 1A                               N 202 Hema Pandya, Padma Sree Ventrapragada    
Hindi 1B   N 203 Usha Vasu, Shweta Saxena     
Hindi 2 N 204 Poonam Bhateja    
Hindi 3 N 105 Sunita Dawar    
Hindi 4 S 117 Malini Udtha    
Hindi 5 S 117 Lalita Khemka    
Telugu 1 S 203 Veera Kambala, Nagasirisha Uppalapati    
Telugu 2 N 205A Anitha Devireddy    
Telugu 3 S 204 Kasthuri Kona    
Telugu 4 S 204 Srini Penmetsa    
Gujarati S 110 Smita Pandya    
Marathi 1 S 108 Gauri Nadkarni    
Marathi 2 S 108 Sangita Mankar, Ujwala Thatte    
Bhajana 1 &
Orchestra 1
N 103 Nalini Modi, Brindha Ganesh, Nithya Giridhar    
Bhajana 2A  &
Orchestra 2A
N 104 Anjali Pandit    
Bhajana 2B &
Orchestra 2B
S 109 Jamuna Murali, Sucheta Karandikar    
Slokathon-1A S 201 Rucha Sheth    
Slokathon-1B S 202 Sriganesh Karur        
Adult Chanting S 107 Shravan Arra    
GCC   Ravi Kolhatkar, Radhika Nair, Ruchira Shah, Shalini Somaraj, Bharat Radhakrishnan, Pundalika Shenoy    
GCC   Veena Wunnava,  Shravan Arra, Sreedevi Gunamaraju, Dileep S, Anita Bennur, Priti Parikh