On 18th of November, 2019, Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar conducted a one-of-its-kind event – the Bhavani Bharti Sanskrit Inter-school Competition. The competition was based on Bhavani Bharti, an original work in Sanskrit by the great Sri Aurobindo himself.
14 participating schools came together from Barabanki, Lucknow, Kanpur and even Kolkota with a combined total of 98 contenders to be a part of this unique event. It was endearing to see the children not only deliver the shlokas with such confidence and fervor, but also feel the very essence behind each verse.
The chief guest of the event was Dr. Avnish Agarwal who enlightened the audience about Sri Aurobindo’s early life and the turbulent tyrant times that gave birth to this beautiful poetry. The poetry, discovered and christened as ‘Bhavani Bharati’ posthumous, speaks about how Mother India suffered on the hands of the Imperial rule. He also spoke of how Bhavani Bharati is as relevant today as it was more than a century ago, and how the youth of our country today too need to take care of their motherland.
The event also witnessed eminent personalities and scholars of Sanskrit language. The occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Mr. S.G. Swaminathan, Dr. Satyaketu, Mr. Pradeep Km Dixit, Mr. K.K.Shukla, Mr. Pramod Shukla and Dr. B.R. Panda.
The competition was divided into three levels:
Level 1 for Grade 6 – recitation of Bhavani Bharati Shlokas with their meaning
Level 2 for Grade 7 – recitation of Bhavani Bharati Shlokas with music instruments
Level 3 for Grade 8 – dramatic representation of the Bhavani Bharati Shlokas through a skit
While the contenders recited the shlokas beautifully, they also gave spectacular performances. Each school prepared a script based on their interpretation of the poem. Most of the skits were centralized around Mother India and how the Goddess Kali urges the youth to rise up and free Mother India from her shackles.
The winners of the event were:
Level 1: Riya Modi from Seth M.R. Jaipuria (Navsrijan)
Level 2: Ishita Tripathi from Pooran Chand Vidya Niketan, Kanpur
Level 3: Aayushi Pandey from CMS Gomtinagar
The final score was tabulated and the trophy for the winning school went to Seth M.R. Jaipuria, Vineet Khand followed by Army Public School, Nehru Road and Pooran Chand Vidya Niketan, Kanpur.