A glorious tribute to the Marathi language was paid by the students of Amrita Vidyalayam as part of Marathi Bhasha Diwas on the occasion of the birth anniversary of noted Marathi litterateur V.V. Shirwadkar alias ‘Kusumagraj’. The notice boards in the classrooms and corridors were beautifully decorated with charts consisting of poems, stories and proverbs in Marathi.
The day started with the morning assembly where the thought for the day and news were read out in Marathi. The confidence of the students while presenting various activities in their mother tongue was a treat to watch. The programme began with Marathi Bhasha Abhimaan Geet, “laabhle aamhas bhagya” which was followed by a short speech on “marathi bhashecha janm”. In an effort to enlighten children about the invaluable contributions made by literary giants and social reformers in the field of education, students presented “vyakti parichay”. Dressed up as Savitribai Phule, P.L. Dehpande, Shanta Shelkar, etc., they spoke with pride about the personality they represented.
A speech on the importance of Marathi Bhasha was followed by a prayer “Namaskar Majha” and a “Pasaydan” by Sant Dnyaneshwar. The little students of the primary section stole the show at the end with their phonetic presentation of the Barahkhadi. Their confidence on stage earned encouraging applause from the audience.
The program concluded with a vote of thanks by the Marathi Teacher, after which teachers and students took the National Pledge in Marathi and rendered the National Anthem.