The Nehru BalSamiti is a national-level, multifaceted and multidimensional voluntary organization, working for the welfare and proper development of the children, the youth and the women, with a focus on the deprived sections, living in urban slums/ rehabilitation colonies, economically and socially backward areas, with a view to bringing about a qualitative in their living and working environment.
The Samiti’s one-day, 3-hour-long BalMela, organized in celebration of the Universal Children’s Day, was inaugurated by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, 1963, at the India Gate lawns. Over the last 35 years, the BalMela has developed into a meaningful exercise for flowering the creative faculties in painting, toy making, original poem recitation, spot essay/story writing and display of children’s talent in performing arts like classical solo and folk dances, solo vocal and instrumental music, declamation, presentation of skits on environmental and economic/social issues and a fancy dress competition on the works and lives of great litterateurs, social reformers, freedom fighters and eminent public figures. By far, BalMela, participated in by about 20,000 child artists of Delhi and neighbouring towns, symbolizes a new effort of cultural integration through intellectual pursuits and recreational input of joy rides, magic/puppet shows, during the interaction and exposure to learn from each other’s BalMela performances.
In the past few years, the Samiti has made efforts to spread its wings in some of the nearby states of U.P., Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
“Remember that organizations and institutions are passive instruments of man. They become living and vital only when they are pushed onwards by the strength of great ideas. Have great ideas before you and do not lower them by ignoble compromise.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
The Nehru BalSamiti represents a national-level voluntary endeavour since 14th November, 1963, when Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, had inaugurated its First BalMela for providing moments of joy and mirth for the children through cultural shows and entertaining programmes of magic/puppet shows etc. To begin with, the first BalMela was of 3 hours duration. Currently, the BalMela programmes are spread over several days and eight hours a day.