Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hum honge kamyaab

Reading Time: 3 minutesIABBV School’s Hindi Diwas celebration lives up to its motto ‘We shall overcome’

As Indo-Australian Bal Bharatiya Vidyala celebrated Hindi Divas in mid-September, the students sang the school song Hum honge kamyaab (We shall overcome) and the adults joined in.

- Advertisement -

It must surely have been a moment of pride for founder Mala Mehta OAM and many of the volunteer teachers, who have slogged for 27 years to keep the school afloat.

Finally, perhaps with that school song as inspiration, it looks as though they are here to stay.

As the community looked on, the students collected their trophies for excellence, and showed off the Hindi skills they have picked up in the year.

The main theme of the school song, hope, formed the inspiration for one batch of students who presented a short skit entitled Badaee Ka Dava.It was based on the question, which of the human needs like hunger, thirst and sleep, is the greatest. It was concluded that ‘hope’ must surely win this honour. How very apt for IABBV!

The littlies, for their item, wondered, Surya aur chanda aasman mein kyun rahte hain? Why do the sun and the moon live in the sky? They answered their own question with a mythological tale.

Senior students picked Anzac Day as their theme, reflecting their desire to integrate their heritage with that of the mainstream.

One of the highlights was the poetry recitation competition. There were some excellent performances from the kids under 10; the enunciation was impressive, and even though the choice of poems seemed rather age-inappropriate, it is admirable that they are becoming acquainted with the gems of contemporary Hindi literature.

Support for school from the community, organisations such as Australian Hindi Indians Associations, Bharatiya Vidya Bhacvan, and government agencies such as Hornsby Council, NSW DEC Community Languages program and the Indian Consulate in Sydney.

For Mala Mehta, it is the kids that make it all worth it. She glows with pride each time they come off stage, whatever the occasion.

“I love my bachchas,” she says frequently.

For many of the students, it is her genuine warmth and affection in her interactions with them that is the highlight of their Sunday classes at Hindi School.

Equally, parents form a vital part of Mala’s efforts at IABBV, for it is their devotion to their native tongue that keeps her going. On this occasion, after a community-sponsored lunch, Mala took the adults on an Anatkshari challenge while the kids took time out to chill. Four teams, melodiously named “Bhairavi”, “Yaman”, “Bhopali” and “Pahari”, vied for the honours, and made for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.


- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah twitter thread

Women, what would you tell your school age self?

  Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Monash University's Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah was asked to speak at a girl's school. The inspiring academic,...
women empowerment

WATCH: Hindi poem about women empowerment

  Ever have those days where nothing is going your way? You feel demotivated and wonder, "what's the point?". The last couple of weeks in Australia...
march 2021 shows and movies

Indian shows and movies to watch in March 2021

  Bombay Begums (Netflix) After the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), director Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another empowering series about women. Set in urban...

Japanese billionaire seeks eight artists for free Moon ride

  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a free ride to the Moon on a SpaceX Starship rocket sometime...