Muskaan and Co-scholastic interactive workshop inspire New Delhi school students with wisdom of dohas, poetry

Muskan. L to R: Arijit Walia, Sumitra Ray, Nita Nijhara and Namrata Jain


IBNS-CMEDIA: In a harmonious blend of artistic expression and literary enrichment, Muskaan, in collaboration with Co-Scholastic, recently organised a captivating event featuring guest artist and author Namrata Jain at the Bal Bharati Public School, New Delhi.

The session started with a welcome address by Dr Arijit Walia the founder of Co-Scholastic and Sumitra Ray, student programme advisor of Prabha Khaitan Foundation introduced Namrata Jain to the audience.

The workshop session, a one-of-a-kind, unique book reading event, featured Namrata introducing dohas written by famous poets such as Tulsidas, Kabir, and Rahim.

The session unfolded with vibrancy, capturing the children’s interest as they immersed themselves in the poetic stories that highlighted the morals of the dohas.

Namrata introduces dohas by poets such as Tulsidas, Kabir, and Rahim.Namrata introduces dohas by poets such as Tulsidas, Kabir, and Rahim.

Her book Namaste series serves as a testament to Namrata’s commitment to instilling fundamental values in the next generation.

Through storytelling, she introduces Indian couplets with their morals, emphasising the works of renowned poets like Tulsidas, Kabir, and Rahim.

Designed for children aged 3-12, the trilogy uniquely presents dohas in both Hindi and English, ensuring accessibility to a broader audience.

Born and raised in New York, Namrata’s journey unfolded at Columbia University, where she pursued a double major in Economics and Asian Studies.

Namrata Jain with the students.Namrata Jain with the students.

However, her passion for the intricate world of Kathak dance took centre stage, setting her on a unique path that would later intertwine with her role as a prolific author.

“It was enthralling to see the energy and enthusiasm of students at the Bal Bharti Public school as we read and discussed books, dohas and poetry. Thanks to the Prabha Khaitan Foundation for enabling this fun-filled Monday morning session,” said Namrata Jain.

“Students were enthralled by her charm and grace and asked numerous questions related to her passion for reading, writing and how her work, The Namaste Series transformed her life.

“It was a successful event with students cheering for the trilogy and the importance of literature and culture in contemporary times,” said Mrs Nita Nijhara, Headmistress, Middle School – Bal Bharati Public School.

Question and Answer session in progress.Question and Answer session in progress.

Muskaan, a joint initiative of Prabha Khaitan Foundation and Education For All Trust is a skill development initiative for children, focuses on providing valuable skills that extend beyond traditional academic learning. Not only does the program prioritise essential life skills, but it also seeks to popularize heritage literature and culture among the younger generation.

The interactive nature of the presentation added to the session’s allure, culminating in a fun and engaging Q&A session.

Students of Bal Bharti Public School, New Delhi.Students of Bal Bharti Public School, New Delhi.

The children’s enjoyment was palpable, making the event a memorable fusion of art, literature, and cultural exploration.

Namrata Jain’s ability to seamlessly weave together dance, literature, and cultural heritage left an enduring impact on all participants, marking a successful collaboration between Muskaan and Co-Scholastic in their mission to enrich young minds.

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