About Us

HMM Marathi Shala is a division of the parent organization - Houston Maharashtra Mandal. HMM is a non-profit organization registered under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act of September 2, 1980, whose goal is to promote the culture and language from their ancestral Indian state of Maharashtra. The objective of the HMM Marathi Shala is to promote the learning of the language Marathi, to the students growing up in the United States.

The HMM Marathi Shala was inaugurated on Oct 12, 2013 with the goal to teach Marathi to interested students so that they can speak, read and write in Marathi in a structured but playful manner. The Shala (school) was started with branches in Cypress, Katy and Sugar Land, and has now grown to have branches in Energy Corridor and Inner Loop, with a total of around 80 students and 20 volunteer teachers. The school is run solely by volunteers. The Shala follows the curriculum formulated by Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) in conjunction with Bharati Vidyapeeth, India. The Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America is also a non-profit organization whose Marathi Shala project started a strong commitment and passionate interest to teach Marathi language and culture to the students growing up in North America.

HMM Marathi Shala classes are held every Saturday or Sunday and the Shala calendar follows the local school district calendars. Student Assessment is conducted via Semester exams in December and May. There are various cultural activities throughout the year such as Ganeshotsav, Diwali, Sankrant, Holi, to introduce Marathi culture to the students. Students display their creativity and language skills through various activities such as the Annual Gathering and Talent Show.

All these activities would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteer teachers, who dedicate 4-5 years per week to Marathi Shala, and to parent volunteers, who are committed to helping the teachers and coordinators in every available opportunity.

The Shala also accepts donations from the community in the form of books, resources and of course, volunteered time. We're looking for volunteers to teach and assist our teachers as well. Please fill out the volunteer form at this link to indicate your interest or email secretaryhmmshala AT Gmail Dot Com to indicate your interest. We thank you for your support!

Contact Us:
Principal – Mayur Khare (hmmmarathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Curriculum Coordinator – Madhura Kelkar (hmmshalacurriculumcoordinator AT Gmail Dot Com)
Secretary – Nitu Tarnekar (secretaryhmmshala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Treasurer – Rohit Joshi (treasurer AT Gmail Dot Org)

Branch Coordinators:
Cypress Coordinator – Geetanjali Khandekar (cypmarathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Energy Corridor Coordinator – Nitu Tarnekar (ecmarathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Inner Loop Coordinator – Shraddha Bane (innerloop.marathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Katy Coordinator – Richa Deshmukh (katymarathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)
Sugar Land Coordinator – Harshali Kulkarni (hmmsugarlandmarathishala AT Gmail Dot Com)

Web Administrator – webadmin AT Gmail Dot Org

High-schoolers and Adults ONLY
For high-schoolers who are interested in learning online, our umbrella organization, BMM Marathi Shala has started an online school, and registration is open for academic year 2021-22, please register by clicking here.

They have also introduced the Conversational Marathi classes for adults - Beginner level. https://bmmshala.net/


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