It was a contest unlike any other. Students from schools across the capital gathered to celebrate the beauty of Hindi and Urdu. The event, ‘Kaavyanjali’, not only had students reciting acclaimed Hindi poems, but also singing Urdu ghazals and qawwalis.
“It is a tragedy of today’s time that we have trouble communicating in our own national language, even though we speak fluent English. In all developed nations, whether it is Russia or Japan, the use of their language is encouraged. As Indians, we should also endeavour to not only speak in Hindi more, but also read its literature and take pride in it,” renowned Hindi author Mridula Garg, who was present at the event, said.
The event held at DPS, R K Puram, saw 17 of the capitals’ schools fighting it out in a Hindi poetry recital competition and a ghazal and qawwali competition.
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While DPS, R K Puram, won the first prize for poetry recital, DPS, Vasant Kunj, and DPS, Noida, jointly won the prize for the best ghazal performance. DPS, Noida, walked away with the prize for the best qawwali performance.
Incidentally, the poetry recitation competition saw almost all students choosing poems filled with political ideologies, reflecting the keen interest among children in the country’s political scenario.
“Students were free to choose any Hindi poem, but most picked out Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s ‘Singhasan Khali Karo Janta Aati Hai’, a poem that became popular during the 1977 general elections. The need for change in the political system was the resonant theme in most of the poems selected by students,” Fatima Kirmani, a teacher at DPS, RK Puram, said.