10th January, is observed as ‘World Hindi Day’ and is celebrated annually to promote Hindi language and its usage worldwide. To mark this day, the B.Ed. teacher-trainees of Hindi Pedagogy of Nirmala Institute of Education, Altinho Panaji, organised a cultural programme on 10th January 2023. The event took place in the Main Hall of the institute at 4:00 pm. The teacher trainees put up several items to highlight the significance of Hindi and the place of prominence it enjoys in the world. The event was guided by the Hindi Method Master Ms. Sangeeta Kadam.

The comperes of the programme were Ms. Unnati Savant and Ms. Premlata Medha. The occasion started with a beautiful welcome song titled, ‘Sur Se Sur Milakar’, melodiously sung by Shweta Souza, Khadija Rahaman, Staffina Rodrigues, Marlena Fernandes, Babitha Bahuleyan, Sanjana Gawas, Kavita Velip, Namrata Parwar and Reeva Rodrigues.

This was followed by a video that was screened showcasing how popular the language is- all across the globe! Then followed poem recited by Ms. Tara Lamani, which appealed to all to hold Hindi in great esteem. The next item was a skit which was enacted based on one of the famous stories of Munshi Premchand ji, ‘Bade Ghar ki Beti.’ The actors who performed the skit were Sheena Rodrigues, Uchita Shetye, Ankita Zambaulikar and Yogita Sangodkar. The narration of the story was done by Ms. Rufila Sanadi who also directed the skit.

After that there was a spot prize awarded to the winner of tongue twister conducted by Ms. Rehanabanu Bankapur. This was followed by the release of the annual Hindi magazine, titled ‘Umang’ by the Principal Dr Delia Antao, Ms. Sangeeta Kadam, Prof. Ximena Fonseca, Editor Ms. Neha Moriya, and Sub-Editor Ms. Unnati Savant. The theme for this year’s magazine was based on the theme the diamond jubilee celebration this year: discovering the diamond in each one of us.

Later there was a recitation of poem by Ms. Rehanabanu Bankapur. The poem focused on enhancing our self-confidence and nurturing our hidden talents, as each one of us is unique in our own way. This was followed by another spot prize for a person who could tell the Hindi word for ‘train ‘using standard terminology. The finale of the programme was a dance performed by Nefilia D'Mello, Alvita Noronha, Tara Lamani, Neha Moriya and Rehanabanu Bankapur to the tune of three famous songs included in Bollywood films, which were originally poems written by prominent Hindi poets.

The Principal of the institute Dr Delia Antao addressed the gathering with her insightful words and appreciated the efforts of all those who put up the great event. Last but not the least Ms. Rufila Sanadi proposed the formal Vote of Thanks, followed by singing of the National Anthem. The programme ended up at 4:45 pm.