“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.” This quote by Nelson Mandela is an ideal way to represent the love that Indians have towards Hindi.
Hindi Divas is originally celebrated on the 14th of September because on that day the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi as the Official Language of India. To explain the significance of this day to the students the teachers of the Indian High School get together every year and enjoy the Hindi Divas.
On the 29th of September the Hindi Divas in IHS had a splendid start with the lighting of ‘diyas’ or lamps and the singing of a Hindi prayer song. The diyas were lit by Mrs. Prabha Verma, the principal and Mrs. Swarna Chandrasekar, the Supervisor of the Grades 9&10 girls section and right beside was a choir of Grade 7&8 girls reciting the prayer ‘Humko Mann ki Shakti Dena’.
The very lively and enthusiastic Mrs. Kanta Bhatia addressed the students in an amicable manner. Mrs. Kanta said, “As the light spreads when a diya is lit in a dark room, so does knowledge”. She explained how the national leaders had a demanding time on deciding the national language for India. She also stated that even though people from various states in India may not be able to speak the language, they understand the language very well. She even felt that every student must learn to speak Hindi and feel proud whenever he or she uses the language to communicate. To fill the air with humor she even said that no one had ever listened to her with such interest!
Next was a short play by the girls of 10F. It was an impressive play that displayed the problems faced by the Sharma family when their rich relatives come to visit them unannounced. The play wonderfully showcased the difficulties encountered by an Indian middle class family. Tejaswini of 10A said, “I had a lot of fun watching the play, even though I couldn’t understand some words, my friends helped me out by translating them for me!”.
Soon after was the traditional Hindi ‘Kavi Samelan’ which contained a lot of funny and gut-tickling poems recited by young girls. They presented the poor man’s struggle with his wife, expenses, corruption and politics in his life. It was a brilliant way to expose the many troubles the common man experiences every day.
A Hindi quiz followed which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone seated in the auditorium. Mrs. Sheela had contributed the questions which were extremely puzzling for the students participating in the quiz and even for those who were in the audience. The quiz consisted of a number of rounds which had intriguing and mind-boggling questions including riddles, proverbs and much more. Mrs. Sreelekha, a Math teacher said, “It was interesting. I enjoyed a lot”.
The show ended with an enticing dance performed by the students of the CBSE-i class. Disha of 10E said, “I really loved the dance because it was about the nine goddesses of Navratri and I love dancing and celebrating this festival”. The dance was the perfect ending to the perfect show.
All the teachers had done an excellent job in organizing the Hindi Divas, which truly let all the students feel connected to their homeland and their national language. And as Cesar Chavez has said, “A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers”.
By Dhara Ramesh Modi
Junior Reporter of Light House