Hari Rama is a young boy from Australia that came to Vrindavan to celebrate his 5th birthday. He visited our Sandipani Muni School to play with the kindergarten children that are about his age. Most of them are newly enrolled in our school and they are more than 100.
He distributed a chocolate bar and a tulasi necklace with a nice pendant to each one of them. Being an auspicious period of Navaratri(when the people in India worship Mother Durga), the family organized an outing with all the children to the Vaishno Devi temple. Whoever that have visited Vrindavana must have seen the huge statue of Mother Durga on the main road. We were not allowed to take photos inside the temple premises, so we took a group photo outside. It was a very very hot day but the kids really had a lot of fun!
A very special birthday for little Hari Ram even if, being a girl’s school, he was the only boy with all the girls :), but for kids all this does not matter 🙂
In a 3 days workshop at Sandipani Muni School, our girls learnt a beautiful art form called Sanjhi.
Sanjhi is a word derived from word like “Sajja, “Shringaar”, and “Sajavat” which all means decoration. This art painting is rooted in the folk culture of the Braj Region. Presently, the art of Sanjhi Painting has become rare and is practiced by only a select few and remains a living tradition only in some temples of India.
The teacher Shri Sumit Goswami , is the principal representative of these arts among the present day generation.
The training also included making Sanjhi Painting on water. The girls were stunned to know that something like that was possible. Everyone who saw the artwork was amazed at the talent of Shri Sumit Goswami and his team.
The girls loved the workshop and benefitted greatly from it. We are grateful to these talented artists who came and delivered such a wonderful workshop.
In the month of August, we had some great volunteers visit us and help us with teaching the kids at school. One of them, however, really won the hearts of our little girls. Cosetta from Italy, volunteered with us for two weeks. In this time she taught our girls how to make dolls using scrap cloth. Cosetta got all the raw material from Italy which shows how much effort she had put in to make this project successful. She first learnt how to make the dolls herself as she had no previous knowledge of doll making, after which she decided to travel to Vrindavan and teach at the school. The girls had so much fun and made some really cute dolls. Sharing some pictures of this fun activity.
Cosetta with the girls