DAV Sanskriti School, the Sunday School of Arya Samaj Houston celebrated World Hindi Divas twice in quick succession – first in the Consulate General of India, Houston on 16th January and then during its school hours the following Sunday.
The World Hindi Divas commemorates the first World Hindi Conference held at Nagpur on 10th January 1975. All Indian Missions abroad conduct programs to bring together Hindi loving people. CGI Houston did so for the first time and entrusted Acharya (Dr.) Kavita Vachaknavee (director of the Sanskriti School and eminent Hindi author/poet) to coordinate the event.
Deputy Consul General Surendra Adhana was present in both events. He encouraged the young school children to learn Hindi as in so doing, they will not only learn a rich language but also the great Indian cultural values. Hindi is an empowering asset. He suggested to appreciate how different languages derive words from one another.
Hindi has a huge potential to strengthen itself and contribute to the global world, becoming more diversified and multicultural.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the occasion was read out who is known among Indian diaspora as a champion of Hindi.
Besides sharing their own personal journey of learning Hindi, short speeches by children Stawya Agrawal, Saumil Goyal and Kashish Kalita reflected:
1. Hindi is easy to speak and understand
2. It is scientific without need to memorize pronunciation of each word because it is read as written
3. It is the third most spoken language in the world with 544 million speakers, after Mandarin 1100 and English 983 million, by a rough estimate
4. Indian culture revers every mother tongue as God’s gift to a little baby
The event at CGI began with rendering of the song “Vaishnav Jan Peer Parayi …” by the classical vocalist Vinita Arora, also volunteer-teacher at the Sanskriti School.
Dr. Kavita took the opportunity to showcase talents of the Sanskriti School as well as that of DAV Montessori School, the regular elementary school of Arya Samaj Houston. The group of 15 under-six children recited several short poems, followed by solo recitals of well-known poems such as Jhansi-ki-Rani by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan and Pushp-ki-Abhilasha by Makhan Lal Chaturvedi.
The dance item was much appreciated, presented by the dance group Steps for Dancing of Dolly Goyal “…Hindi, Bharat Mata ke Mathe par Bindi”. Dy Consul general was so happy to see the children’s performance that he expressed his interest in seeing the larger version at the Sanskriti School following Sunday.
Sanskriti School believes in equal opportunity to its ALL 150 children age 4 to 13; every child must appear on stage. They sang all-time favorite songs like Dadi amma, Mera rang de basanti, Nanhe munne bachche, Jahan daal daal par, and Mere desh ki dharati sona ugale, creating patriotic fervor and enthusiastic environment.
Kids were bursting with energy and made this show as a “Talk of the Town”. Even insiders wondered how and when the music team led by Vinita Arora were able to practice musical rendering because the school runs only two hours a week and nobody ever saw the musical practice happening for the children!
Another aspect that struck everyone was flawless discipline and the efficient manner of the outgoing group being replaced by the incoming group to the stage without loss of a second.
Noteworthy was the make shift use of the Sanskriti School lobby providing the stage and sitting space for 150 children, 100 volunteers, teachers and parents and a number of special guests. It was a remarkably successful exercise in space management!
Dr. Kavita expressed her legitimate pride in Sanskriti School children learning Indian heritage and values and in her team of volunteers promoting cultural values and Hindi language. She can be reached at 832.874.3376 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Sanskriti School can be known from www.davss.aryasamajhouston.org.