The mother tongue is a root that binds people to culture, values, literature, and heritage. With this message, Hindi Divas was celebrated with great fanfare at the Presidency School Bangalore South, Bilekahalli.

Tiny tots of class 1 and 2 presented a Hindi vowel song and danced gracefully to the melodious tunes of ‘Kanha’. Students of class 3 and 4 mesmerised the audience with the lilting patriotic songs. The wise and thought-provoking couplets of Rahim found a refreshing meaning when it was recited by students of class 5.

A skit by class 7 students vividly and aptly brought out the contemporary situation of Hindi and how it is used and viewed by various cross sections of society, be it the opportunistic political leader; hypocritical movie star, a non-resident Indian, or a Hindi teacher. The skit earned a huge applause by all. Manan of class 8 briefed the audience with the history and journey of Hindi from the ancient times when all great epics, drama, and poetry were written in Hindi to the modern times. He dispelled the myth that it is not with the use of any particular language you earn respect but it is only because of your character and substance that one gets name and fame.

Teachers’ Day

Students of St. Claret School, Jalahalli, conducted many activities for their teachers on Teachers’ Day. The teachers were felicitated by the school management and the students. The students entertained teachers with various cultural programmes and games. To commemorate the silver jubilee year, teachers presented a cheque of Rs. 35,000 to the poor children’s fund.

Talents day

Students of MES Kishore Kendra Public School, Vidyaranyapura, showcased their talents at a colourful programme ‘The Rhythms of India’ as part of ‘Kalavedi’ celebrations.

They presented dances, songs, and festivals from various regions of the country. It brought the rich heritage and culture of the country.

Debate

British Council will present the fifth year of the national schools’ debate programme ‘Debating Matters India’ open to students of class 11 and 12 of Indian schools. Over the last four years, 1,000 schools from across the country have participated in this competition. In the initial stage, schools from across the country will participate in an online elimination test which has gone live from August 24, 2012. Each school is encouraged to register a six-member debate team along with a debate coordinator right from the online elimination stage.

However, a school can register a minimum of four students as well. A school can register only one team.

The schools have to log on to www.britishcouncil.org.in/debatingmattersindia/ for registration.

The online elimination test will be open till September 20, 2012.

For details, contact: 044-42050600

THiS TEAM