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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