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“Marathi Rajbhasha Gaurav Din”
~ “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people came from and where they are going”

Monday, 27th February, 2023

Language establishes connection, comfort, camaraderie and defines its people. A multilingual nation like India boasts of not one but many languages. Maharashtra- a state with Marathi spoken in various dialects like Ahirani, Khandesi, Konkani and Vharadi is a blossoming bud in the bouquet of languages of India.

At DPGA, “Marathi Rajbhasha Gaurav Din” was celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of eminent writer Mr Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar popularly known by his nickname “Kusumagraj”.The students were propelled into the event by awakening the patriotic spirit by singing the national anthem followed by the state anthem. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest, Dr Gajanan Mitke, an acclaimed poet and lyricist and special guest, Ms Mabel Pillai.

DPGA’s acclaimed principal, Mr. Prakash Nair, along with the head of departments and the guests initiated the programme with the lighting of the lamp ceremony by invoking the blessings of Goddess Saraswati accompanied by the rendition of a Sanskrit shloka. To follow our deeply rooted traditions, the chief guest and special guest were felicitated with shawls. The hosts, Mugdha Patil and Saanvi Kalwar from Grade 8, along with Umesh Sir elucidated on the richness and diverse cultures of Maharashtra. Furthermore, the event progressed with a spectacular dance performance by the secondary students to the medley of Marathi songs. The melodious song “De Bappa navsala maal” by Grade 2 had everyone grooving to it. The “Kavi Sammelan” presented by the Checkpoint students showcased students reciting and singing Marathi poems that filled the ambience with an appreciation for the language. As the event progressed the drama “ Ye Vishwachi Majhe Ghar” presented by the students radiated thrilling energy. This event was followed by a scintillating “Lavni” dance by the students. The event ended on a high note with gratifying words expressed by the Chief Guest, the Special Guest and the Principal. The entire event was then beautifully concluded with a rendition of a well-known Marathi prayer.

Authors: Vaishnavi Jamdagni, Yazhini Deshmukh, Daniel Robinson, and Ayaan Simmy (Grade 9)