Navi Mumbai:– In a commendable initiative, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shri. Rajesh Narvekar, recently organized a series of activities to promote Marathi language awareness and appreciation among its officers and employees during the Marathi Language Conservation Fortnight held from January 14th to 28th, 2024.
The fortnight kicked off with a lecture on “MyBoli Marathi” by renowned writer Prof. Praveen Davene, followed by a lecture on linguistics by language scholar Shri. Prahlad Jadhav. Writer Nivedika Dr. Mrinmayi Magdoom’s Lalitgadya Bhavachanan and various literary and artistic competitions were part of the engaging lineup.
One highlight of the event was the ‘Elocution Competition’ on the theme ‘My Constitution – My Pride,’ celebrating the Amrit Jubilee year of the Indian Constitution. Adv. Nilesh Khanvilkar, a constitutional scholar, judged the competition, awarding Narayan Landge the first prize, Abhay Jadhav the second prize, and Ujwala Khairnar the third prize. Vaijnath Kalse, Baburao Ingle, and Madhukar Varbhuvan received incentive prizes.
In the ‘Parakavyachan’ competition, Pushpanjali Karve secured the first prize, Aruna Yadav the second prize, and Chitra Baviskar the third prize. Smita Thengle, Rupali Ghodke, Pooja Joshi, Madhukar Varbhuvan, and Swapnil More received incentive awards.
The ‘Slogan/Charoli Writing’ competition, focusing on ‘Clean Navi Mumbai/Eco-friendly Navi Mumbai,’ witnessed Chandrasen Vishwas Rao clinching the first prize, Dhanpal Tambe securing the second position, and Bhushan Jaisingpure standing third. Incentive prizes were awarded to Kranti Mhatre, Dattatray Mane, Shailaja Vikhare, Vishweshwar Deshpande, and Pratish Rane. Renowned poet Shri. Mohan Kale judged both the Parkavyachan and Slogan/Charoli writing competitions.
The Marathi language conservation fortnight also featured a musical chair competition as part of Namumpa’s 32nd Anniversary celebration, with Yogita Dumbre, Kartiki Wadkar, and Rupali Vanivadekar emerging as the top three winners.
Additional Commissioner Shri. Sujata Dhole praised the enthusiastic response from the staff, highlighting the significance of the love and pride for the Marathi language among Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation officials and employees.
The event underscored the corporation’s commitment to fostering a deeper appreciation for Marathi literature and language among its officers and employees, marking a successful celebration of Marathi language conservation fortnight.