Welcome to Houston Maharashtra Mandal's Marathi Shala

Dear Friends,

HMM Marathi Shala recently concluded our 2017-18 year with our Annual Day program on Saturday, April 28 at the Weekley Community Center in Cypress. It was attended by our 86 students and their families. Marathi Shala has been having this program for many years as an opportunity to showcase the skills children have learned during the year. Children of ages 5-14 are students of the Shala and participated in the group program with their class. Students of various levels from the Katy, Cypress, Energy Corridor and Sugar Land locations of the Marathi Shala performed poems, prarthanas and skits expressing their understanding and skills in Marathi in a fun way. The details of the performances gave away the dedication and involvement of the teachers and volunteers. Houston Maharashtra Mandal president, Jyotsna Phadke was there to encourage the students and to thank the principal, coordinators and teachers for their dedication.

HMM Marathi Shala is an initiative of the non-profit Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM)for the learning and advancement of the Marathi language. Houston HMM in collaboration with BMM (Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal) opened a Marathi Shala in the Houston Area on 13 October 2013. Marathi Shala is entirely a volunteer-run effort. Teachers, coordinators, principal, treasurer and parent volunteers donate their time every week to help children learn their language and culture. This school year we also had additional cultural activities for Diwali, Sankrant, ShivJayanti, in addition to the Annual Day. The year ends with an assessment of the skills learned in the year, either in an in-class examination or the BMM Exams, levels 1-5. It would be impossible to run the Shala without dedicated parents and volunteers, not to mention the hard-working, fun-loving students. A big thank-you to them at the end of this school year and to extend a grand welcome for the next year 2018-19 that will be starting in August.

Please contact our Shala Principal, Milind Phadke, at hmmmarathishala@gmail.com if you would like to enroll your child or volunteer at any of our locations.

Have a good summer!

Madhura Kelkar