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Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, is celebrating Hindi Week in order to rekindle the love for India’s official language among students. To create interest and fondness for Hindi language, an Inter-House Folktale Enactment Competition for classes VI to IX, was organized on 13 September 2018.

A folktale has an important role in knowledge transfer and personality development. It also has power to influence person’s perception, attitude, behavior, and many other factors important to human’s life. All the four houses researched and prepared their acts well. Godavari House enacted ‘Cheenike Teen Sawal’. The moral of the play was that if an individual has a calm state of mind, his attitude and views will be calm and tranquil even in difficult times. Krishna House presented ‘Idgah’ by Munshi Premchand. The story taught the moral of love, care and sacrifice. Ganga House brought ‘Sheikh Chilli ke Khyaali Pulao’ on stage. The moral of the story was that we should not waste time daydreaming but utilize our time in the most productive manner. Last but not the least was Narmada House. They enacted a play from Akbar-Birbal series- ‘Return from Gallows’. The moral of the story was that it is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the mettle of a man is tested.

Enthusiastic participants from all four houses adorned the stage with their colourful dresses, props and mesmerizing dialogues. The presentations were very enrapturing and left the audience entertained. This made it difficult for the judges to adjudge the winners. The results are as follows:

Narmada House- I position

Krishna House- II position

Ganga and Godavari House- III position

Principal, Ms. Poonam Kochitty, applauded the choice of stories and efforts put-in by teachers and students. She said that these folktales teach us good moral values and students must inculcate these lessons in their lives. She also appreciated the use of Hindi language which was the focal point of the competition.