Vanavasi Kalyana Ashram, an RSS inspired forum for the upliftment of life of Vanavasi’s, (Tribal people live in forest zones), organised 3-day National Archery Competition for Vanavasi’s at Bengaluru on December 26, 28 and 29. The World Record of ‘largest assembly of tribal archers’ has been achieved by Akhil  Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Benngaluru Dec 29:  “Tribal youths have to work hard to excel in sports”  said Sarbanand Sonowal, Union Minister of Sports & Youth affairs here on Sunday, December 28. He was addressing at the closing session of 17th National Level Vanvasi Archery Competition at Vaghdevi Institute, Vartur, Banglore. He expressed that archery is our tradition of Janjati communities. Sports cultivate moral values.  He welcomes the initiative of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in tribal sports at national level. He assured to extend all sort of support for tribal sports activities.

Archers ready to shoot

On the occasion Shri Jaleswar Brahma, Vice President of Kalyan Ashram said that Ashram is a voluntary social organisation working for the development of tribal (Janjati) communities of India. Sports competition is one of the major activity through which we can explore hidden talents of Vanvasi youths who are staying in remote villages.

Rahul Banarjee an Olympian archer graced the function as special guest of the function. He said that archaery is in blood of tribal brothers. Shri Shakti Pad Thakur gave brief information of the competition and conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand & Arunachal Pradesh performance was outstanding.

The three day 17th National Level Vanvasi Archery Competition was inaugurated on 26th December by Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs. He appreciated the efforts of kalyan Ashram and encouraged the archers. Shri Suhas Gopinath, Youngest CEO & entrepreneur of Banglore graced the session as Chief Guest. He suggested the youths to realise a dream through sincerity and honesty.

Minister & dignetories

In these events 231 archers from 22 state units of Kalyan Ashram participated in the competition. Competitions were conducted for boys and girls in sub-junior, junior and senior groups. The event was officiated by Competition Director Shri Dhaneswar Maida of Rajasthan, Shooting Director Shri Prabodh Nanda of West Bengal and Result Dirctor Shri Vidyadharji of Andhra Pradesh. Archers got opportunity to interact with Olympiyan Rahul Banarjee & Satyadev Prasad.

On 27th evening Matrihaste Bhojan was organised. Nearly 65 families from Banglore city contributed in the Matrihaste Bhojan. Colourful cultural programme of Bharat Natyam and Tribal dances along with songs were appreciated by all.

In the presence of adjudicators of Golden Book of World Records Mr. Tejas Sambre (Head South India) and Mr. Rahul Singh Devda(Representative South Zone). The World Record of ‘largest assembly of tribal archers’ has been achieved by Akhil  Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Sarbanand Sonowal giving prize Swamiji honored by Jual Oram & Jaleswar Brahma