Mural @ Magic House spreads the joy of the festival of light

Mural @ Magic House

Raj Iyer & Shoba Shekar

ST LOUIS: Bal Vihar of St. Louis gives back to the community and helps those who are less fortunate. Every year, one such significant community event is the Construction. Bal Vihar partnered with the Magic House of St. Louis again this year to create their signature mural made of food cans. The young students of Bal Vihar came together on the Sunday evening of November 5, to set-up the spectacular cultural experience that signifies “Diwali” – the festival of lights

Mural @ Magic HouseThis year’s mural was created with 1800 food cans. The cans came together to depict the word “DIWALI”. The mural is 4 feet tall with a beautiful background donned with lamps and flowers.CANStruction provided an opportunity for about 30 youths in their teens to work through 3 different stations where they built the mural with cans, created artful for the background and participated in a group discussion about ever increasing fake news and scams.

The students talked about how to differentiate between real and fake while avoiding getting scammed on the internet. It was a great evening to show their creative skills, participating in relevant valuable discussions and leaving the site with a satisfaction of having participated in a charitable cause. The structure was on display through November 19, 2023 at the Emerson Education Center at the Magic House in St. Louis, MO. All the cans will be donated to Operations Food Search, a local St. Louis food back that will distribute them to the needy.

Mural @ Magic HouseBal Vihar youths have been serving the Greater St. Louis through their community services and actively engage with other interfaith groups to promote awareness of cultural and religious diversity. It is important for the youths of today to embrace the diversity and promote inclusivity to make the world a much better place. Shoba Shekar has been leading the community services for Bal Vihar with support from the leadership under president Dr. Sudhir Brahmbhatt.

 Bal Vihar of St. Louis is a cultural school designed to promote, instill, and foster Indian culture in children ages 5 to 18.  Bal Vihar encourages the youth group (ages 13 and above) to participate in activities that promote respect and understanding of different cultures and religion.  Bal Vihar has been in existence since 1992 and its current enrollment is over 300 students. Visit for more information about Bal Vihar.