PRERNA AWARDS THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Prerna Awards was introduced to motivate everyone to take pride in their own language & culture. It is also an alternative way to connect with the language beyond the academics and keep it relevant for the next generation. Along with giving them life skills such as Public Speaking, expression, creativity etc. via the medium of their mother language we integrate it with relevant issues like being a good citizen, environmental friendly, mindful living etc. There are about 21 million NRIs spread across the different parts of the world and many of the languages are amongst world’s largest spoken languages. We had over 900 participants & audience across Poetry, Public Speaking & Story writing over the past few four years.
We initiated first such Hindi Language awards competition Prerna (Inspiration) Awards for public with support from Global Hindi Foundation. It was conducted as Hindi public speaking, translation and writing competition in Singapore. The inaugural Hindi Prerna (Inspiration) competition & award ceremony was held on 9 Jan’16 at The Pod, National library Singapore which was a very successful event .The theme of competition was Singapore my home, land of dreams & pursuits, in conjunction with SG50 and H.E Mrs.Vijay Thakur Singh graced the occasion as guest of honor and delivered message from Hon’ble Prime minister of India Shree Narendra Modi.
In the second year the theme was my earth, my responsibility, was again very well received with over 1000 audience spread over three languages Hindi, Tamil & Urdu and 4 days of final competitions. It all culminated on 21 Jan’17 at RELC auditorium as Sangam Ceremony a cultural & literary program where for the first time Hindi, Tamil & Urdu literary heritage was presented to an audience of 500 pax. We had H.E. Jawed Ahsraf, Honourable High Commissioner of India as our Guest of Honorand world renowned water conservationists Aabid Surti to give the prizes to the winners. The award ceremony was themed Sangam – Confluence of indigenous cultures which had international award winning panellists Aabid Surti, Brhamanand Siingh & Dr. Coomar Arunodaya.The award ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion on Individual actions collective impacts which gave the participants a platform to evaluate their ideas for environmental conservation which they had submitted as poems, stories & scripts for public speaking. We have recently concluded a 4 day Prerna competition in Hindi, Urdu & Tamil on the theme of My Earth, My Responsibility.
Prerna awards & competition in 2018 was aimed at integrating all Indian communities with their languages and motivates all participants to appreciate each other’s language with love & respect. The overall event was curated by Global Hindi Foundation organised by Singapore language organisation with the support of community organisations like Kalai Pithers Society, Tagore Society & Singapore Gujarati Society. Mr Zaqy Mohamad, M P Keat Hong Constituency also graced the occasion with his presence and addressed the audience. The guest of honour was H.E. Jawed Ashraf, Hon’ble High Commissioner of India to Singapore. This year the Prerna award ceremony marked the celebration of International mother languages day in Singapore with Indian mother languages and showcased Sindhi, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Kannada & Sanskrit in addition to the four competition languages.
There were also two panel discussions & Plenary sessions on how to make mother tongue relevant in modern times attended by eminent panellists like J.Manickvachagam , Venkat Padmanaban, Narayan Mohan, Ratnottama Sengupta, Aabid Surti, Dr.Vimalkanti Verma, Vivek Kumar, Saurabh Dwivedi, Abhinav Mishra, Shekhar Nansi, Sanjay Kumar, Zafar Anjum ,Hemanshu Parekh , Hema Kripalani, Sameer Singh , Mr.JayadevVenkata Rathaniah and Chitra Gupta.
PRERNA(INSPIRATION) AWARDS & COMPETITION TAMIL/HINDI/ BENGALI/ GUJARATI
2 PANEL DISCUSSIONS/ 1 PLENARY SESSION / WORKSHOP BY G T MANI
PRESENTATION BY MORE THAN 10 INDIAN LANGUAGES
FILM PRODUCTION OFFER FOR WINNERS
We are motivated to conserve and raise awareness about our heritage & literature, which is getting drowned under Western culture & literature. We wish that everyone would be familiar with writers such as Chanakya, Subramaniam Bharti, Umar Pulavar, Premchand, etc. alongside Shakespeare and Confucius. We aim to spark interest amongst them, in a way which is in line with today’s modern society. Most of the children living abroad acquire western traditions and culture as they perceive speaking in their own vernacular language to be not HEP enough; hence it is necessary to enrich the younger society with knowledge about mother tongue language and the Indian heritage.
While the outer environment is difficult to change, there are not many opportunities to showcase their language skills either. If parents insist speaking only in their mother tongue at least at home, perhaps we could address this issue to some extent. So the first challenge would be to gain recognition for the Indian languages which are amongst the largest spoken languages in the world. The second would be to create a platform where the language enthusiasts can come and showcase their talent and language Skill, slowly motivating others to partake in this movement as well. So literally it became Prerna ie. Inspiration in Hindi being organised at National level so that everyone will aspire to participate, hoping it becomes the global platform soon. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. We strongly believe that the onus is on us to lead by example rather than expecting the next generation to follow without questioning, and as community it’s our responsibility to take steps to ensure the same. This will be the guiding path to ensure that the upcoming generation also connects with their mother language.