PUNE: Saturday marked the release of the second book of poems by city educationist Devyani Mungali, founder-director, Sanskriti Group of Schools at the hands of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, at Raj Bhavan, Pune.
Titled ‘Matwali Manchali Kavitayen’, the book is a mixed collection of 29 poems written in Hindi, on contemporary themes and everyday situations which affect and influence young children today. The book also has poems on fantastical ideas which evoke the curiosity of children.
Congratulating Mungali on the release of her second book of poems for children, Koshyari appreciated the simple and lucid language used in the book for children. “Poetry is a good way to evoke interest and generate love in young minds towards literature,” Koshyari said.
An educationist with a teaching career spanning several decades, Mungali, has worked with students from close quarters. Having observed the steady decline of the use of Hindi language amongst students, Mungali uses the powerful instrument of poetry to draw the attention of her young students to the rich language.
“While some beautiful verses have been written by the erstwhile poets, there is a dearth of fun poetry, which kids can relate to. Today Hindi isn’t the same; it is more akin to Hindustani, with inputs from many other languages. That’s the colloquial language our kids are now exposed to and if we want them to read, we need to give them that. I have tried to pick up themes which are relatable to kids today,” said Mungali.
Amongst the dignitaries present on the occasion were Rashmi Shukla (IPS), Vishal Solanki, education commissioner, Hrishikesh Yashod (IAS), General Abhay Karki, SK Jain and Anant Takawale (IPS).
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari releases Devyani Mungali’s second book of poems
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