The Sydney Sanskrit School recently held the Bhagavad-gita and Subhashita recitation competition. The competition was held on 3rd September close on the heels of Shri Krishna Janmashthami (6th-7th September) to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
It was a special occasion as the kids had been learning Chapter 2, Sankhya Yoga, from the Bhagavad Gita, for two years and had finally completed it this year.
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The Gita Gnyana and Naama Japa Yagnya were performed on this occasion, with around 450 people in attendance. Representatives from the Hindu Council, Chinmaya Mission, Fiji Indian Community, and community members attended the event.
The competition was a huge success, with around 130 kids participating and showcasing their talents. The recitals were judged by nine experienced judges across four stages, ensuring a fair and thorough assessment of each performance.
The judges were Nayan Shashikant, Dev Babu, Nikhila Kiran, Shobhanjali, Kalpana Srinivasa, Srinivas Dammatmari, Parthasarathi, Srinivasan and Sneha Chandrashekar.
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The Sydney Sanskrit School was mentioned in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’. It is also the first Sanskrit School in the Southern Hemisphere.
It was amazing to see such young children (aged between 3 and 7) reciting the Bhagavad Gita with enthusiasm and skill and take an interest in such an important aspect of their culture at an early age. Sanskrit is among the most ancient languages of humanity and these children are carrying on the legacy of their ancestors which is thousands of years old.
The results of the competition will be announced on 18th November during Sanskrit Utsavam.
Vijay Singhal of the Hindu Council and Sewa Singh of the Australian Haryanvi Association supported the event and were invited as special guests.