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Vidyasharam School in Jaipur organises Gita Verses recitation competition
Vidyasharam School being run by the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan Society in Jaipur organised a competition on recitation of Sanskrit verses of Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita on February 15, informed a neighourhood student Pinak Sharma, 11, who stood first among all the students of Class VI.

Showing his certificate proudly, he said he had prepared well both in expressions and pronunciation with practice and guidance of his Sanskrit teacher.

"Practice with adult support gave the confidence to recite the verses of the Holy Scripture with fluency, rhythm and apt pronunciation. My family is very happy that I did well in the competition," he said while informing that only 10 verses were to be recited each competitor.

On my request, Pinak repeated his performance and I found that he had almost acquired a perfect pronunciation and fluency through many hours of practice. By listening to Pinak, I got reminded of my school days at Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita High School in Kurukshera wherein daily recitation of the verses of the scripture was compulsory.

However, recitation by itself develops phonemic awareness and understanding of rhythm, pitch, voice inflection, and volume. The practice in recitation helps children in controlling and proper use of voice variables, I feel.

The competition was organised for the middle school section of the school wherein Sanskrit is taught as an additional language. Pinak was grateful to his teacher who strives to lay stress on the correct pronunciation through speaking-listening drills.

By internalising the principles explained by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-Gita we acquire an equipoise disposition to work or perform actions quietly, he opined.

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