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  • 22 Sep 2020 9:30 PM | Anonymous
    Current Teacher Child First Name Child Last Name
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Akash Shanbhag
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Anisha Sarkar
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Arvin Sharma
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Aryan Agnihotri
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Benjamin Marjault
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Chaitanya Jaiswal
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Diya Nowley
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Jash Afini
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Kian Rao
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera KRISHAA JAGASIA
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Mansi Singh
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Maya Bhardwaj
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Mughilan Dayalan
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Myra Mehrotra
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Paarth Kapur
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Prachi Nayak
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Pranet Singh
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Saachi Pujary
    Hindi K1 Beg Suchitra Agrawal/Mansi Gera Saisha Kulkarni
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh AARUSH MALI
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Agasthya Kesani
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Anisha Vipul
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Luke Marjault
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Ruhan Lavana
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Samyuktha Rangarajan
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Shaarav Gupta
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Tanvi Badenehal
    Hindi K1 Adv  Anju Shukla/Abhiram Singh Vashista Kesani
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Aayushi Das Gupta
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Ishan Dixit
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Niti Singh
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Ria Seth
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Saket Gahlot
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Shagun Sunny
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Vaishnavi Jaiswal
    Hindi K2 Anu Debroy/Aanya Sachdeva Yash Capila
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Arush Jagan
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma DARSH NAYAK
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Diya Narendra
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma DRISHTI JAGASIA
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Hena Babani
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Kavya Shah
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Navyaa Gupta
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Nishta Kumar
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Vedika Bhardwaj
    Hindi 1 Pooja Shrivastava/Priyanka Verma Vidit Mahawar
    Hindi 2 Beg Divya Gahlot Aarit Shrivastava
    Hindi 2 Beg Divya Gahlot ARYAN DAS
    Hindi 2 Beg Divya Gahlot Jeet Khilnani
    Hindi 2 Beg Divya Gahlot Praneh Singh
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Ayan Mishra
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Dhruv Jagan
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Divya Singh
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Ishita Agrawal
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Rivya Shrivastava
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain Samvriddhi Shukla
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain SOHAN HEGDE
    Hindi 2 Adv Bindiya Jain  Akhil  Shanbag
    Hindi 3 Beg Rangarajan Arnav Khilnani
    Hindi 3 Beg Rangarajan Neel Afini
    Hindi 3 Beg Rangarajan Nimish Kunte
    Hindi 3 Beg Rangarajan Surabhi dindore
    Hindi 3 Beg Rangarajan Tanushree Nekenti
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Aashi Gupta
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Diya Sadhu
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Kunal Chauhan
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Leisha Gupta
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Prachet Mahawar
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Priyanshu Sahu
    Hindi 4  Sonia Gera Tanvi Gahlot
    Hindi 4 Sonia Gera Jaya Singh
    Hindi 4 Sonia Gera Safalta Shukla
     Hindi ++Adv Asha ji/Neha Singh Aaryan Bhatt
    Hindi ++Adv Asha ji/Neha Singh Ishan Jain
    Hindi ++Adv Asha ji/Neha Singh Krish Jain
    Hindi ++Adv Asha ji/Neha Singh Yaaminii Bhardwaj
    Hindi ++ Kinkin Kumari Dhruv Jain
    Hindi ++ Kinkin Kumari Jiya Sharma
    Hindi ++ Kinkin Kumari Rishi Jain
    Hindi ++ Kinkin Kumari Sanjana Pillai
    Hindi Adult -Renu Bhardwaj Matthew Willington
    Hindi Adult -Renu Bhardwaj Melike Sayoglu
    Hindi Adult -Renu Bhardwaj Padma Asankar


  • 22 Sep 2020 8:28 PM | Anonymous
    Current Teacher Child First Name Child Last Name
    Gujarati Arjun Patel
    Gujarati Jaineel Joshi
    Gujarati Arnesh Mehta
    Gujarati Sanvi Amin
    Gujarati Sahir Amin
    Gujarati Mahek Raval
    Gujarati Samik Shah
    Gujarati Vedant Vyas
    Gujarati Rudra Vyas
     Gujarati  Taj  Desai
    Gujarati Naavya
    Raghavendra
    Gujarati Aadhya Raghavendra
    Marathi Aaryan Pawar
    Marathi Anaya Wasekar
    Marathi Ishaan Kavdikar
    Marathi Arush Jagan
    Marathi Shriya Marathe
    Marathi Tanvi Kunte
    Marathi Vivan Kamble
    Marathi SAANVI KHARE
    Marathi SHAARAV KHARE
    Marathi Avnee Ambade
    Marathi Saket
     Nikte
    Marathi Anvaya  Parab
    Marathi  Ananya  Parab
     Marathi  Anisha  Parelkar
    Tamil Sneha Nagarajan
    Tamil Preethi Sivashankar
    Tamil Shruti Sivashankar
    Tamil Aditya Nambi
    Tamil Arjun Nambi
     Tamil Thanush Karthik
    Telugu Sanvika Sai Karamalaputi
    Telugu Riyansika Pilli
    Telugu Rayansh Pilli
    Telugu Keerthi Penmetsa
    Telugu Sahiti Penmetsa
    Telugu Yajas Devaguptapu
    Telugu Pragnya Susarla
    Telugu Pranav Susarla
    Telugu Bhavya Kamakolanu
    Telugu Tanvi Bollu
    Telugu Tarun Bollu


  • 20 Sep 2020 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Open House Sept 20th 2020 Sunday 10.00 am – 11:30am (EDT)

    https://shiaminmelville.my.webex.com/shiaminmelville.my/j.php?MTID=mec49b362c5e7a6a61a246d330b35f758

    Agenda:
    1) Share School schedule - Sep - May 2021 (with a survey to be done about 'in person classes' in January)
    2) Description of the Online Program and safe online etiquette.
    3) Brief summary of ISW expansion
    4)Teacher Introductions- We'll be asking everyone to turn off their video when we introduce each ISW teacher
    (order will be Hindi K1 Beg first).
    5)Questions & Answers
    6) National Anthem

  • 17 Sep 2020 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    SCHEDULE 2020–2021 Saturdays & Sundays. (scroll down for complete list)

    ISW LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL SCHOOL  Established 1992

    Students from all language encouraged to attend cultural assembly & yoga

    September 20– Open House 10-11 am 

    10:00am – Information Session, teacher introductions


    September 26-27 – First semester

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Language class Session 1

    11:00am – 11:30am – No Assembly

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    Sat September 26 & Sun September 27, 2020, ‘Spirit of Shrewsbury’ Online

          

    October 3-4

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

    Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Language class Session 1

           11:00am – 11.30 am – Assembly ART

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    Signups for Diwali Dance (TO BE CONFIRMED)

    October 10-11  – (Columbus Day weekend)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Language class Session 1

           11:00am – 11.30 am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2 

    October 17-18 – Navratri Begins Sat

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

                        Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           11:00am - 11:30 am – Religion and Indology

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

                          


    October 24-25 – Navratri ends Sunday

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

                        Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am – 11.30 am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    Diwali joint event with WAM, Worcester Art Museum – TBD

    Non Indian food collection for Diwali - TBD

    Oct 31 - Nov 1 (Daylight savings time ends – set clocks back one hour on Sat 2AM)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30 am – TBD

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    ISW DIWALI Puja and Cultural program TBD

    November 7-8

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

    11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    November 14-15 – DIWALI – school closed

    November 21-22

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00 am – 11.30 am –Religion and Indology

    11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    November 28-29

    Thanksgiving weekend – NO SCHOOL

    Sunday, December 6th 2020 – ISW Christmas TBD

    December 5-6– – (Set up Giving Tree with tags)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Assembly: Ramona Michaels & Xmas Story

    11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

         December 12-13 – (Giving Tree: Collect Mittens: Walmart gift cards)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           11:00am – 11.30 am Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

         December 19-20 – (Giving Tree: Collect Mittens: Walmart gift cards)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

             11:00am – 11.30 am – Religion and Indology

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

                      

    December 26-27 Merry Christmas – NO SCHOOL

    January 2-3 – Happy New Year - Welcome back 2021

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           

           11:00am 11:30am – Assembly Music with Sarita Deshpande

                              OR   Assembly (Lohri, Pongal, Makar Sankranti)

    11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    January 9-10

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am –Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    Jan 15 Shrewsbury School closed – Prof dev day

    Jan 18 Shrewsbury school Closed – MLK Jr Day

    January 16-17 MID YEAR LANGUAGE EXAM

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am –Religion and Indology

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2   

     

    Telugu School Sankranthi Celebrations - Saturday January 16th TBD

    January 23-24 – 2nd session begins (Hindi Teachers Meeting – TBD)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta (Assembly Republic Day with Sharad Mehta)

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    January 24th ISW General Body Meeting, 2 pm

       February 6-7

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

             11:00am - 11:30am – Assembly Music with Sarita Deshpande

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

          

    February 13-14 NO SCHOOL – WINTER VACATION

    February 20-21

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Religion and Indology

            11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

          

    February 27-28

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

            11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    March 6-7

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Music class with Sarita Deshpande

            11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    March 13-14 (Daylight savings time-set clock ahead one hour Sat 2AM)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           10:30am – 11.30 am ISW Saraswati Puja TBD

            11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

             

    March 20-21

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

           11:00am - 11:30am – Religion and Indology

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

      March 27-28 – Holi is March 29th

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am –No Yoga TBD TEACHERS Meeting

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    April 3-4

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – ISW Bollyfit teacher Sunita Kalyani

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    April 10-11

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    April 17-18 - NO SCHOOL SPRING VACATION (Ram Navmi, Baisakhi)

    April 24-25

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    May 1-2 - FINAL EXAM (TBD)

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Cultural assembly TBD

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

      

    May 8-9 - FINAL EXAM (TBD) Mother’s Day, School is being held

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Yoga with Alka Mehta

           11:30am – 12:30 pm – Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

     

    May 15-16

    Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am –Telugu

           Sunday 09:30am - 10:30am – Hindi class Session 1

            11:00am - 11:30am – Assembly: Dharmic Jeopardy No Yoga

            11:30am – 12:30 pm –Tamil and Gujarati class Session 2

    Sunday May 23 –Annual Program - 11.30 to 2.30

    Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary off Route 20 Worcester

    LAST DAY ANNUAL PROGRAM on Sunday May 23


  • 5 Sep 2020 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    If you are looking for help with your child's online homework or course work in any school grade, please fill out the info by September 15, 2020 at this link:(2nd Batch)

    https://forms.gle/wTX6o7QGhGg2mBnG9

    If you are a student in grade 9 to 12, who is interested in being a volunteer teacher, please fill out the info by September 15, 2020 at this link: (2nd Batch)

    https://forms.gle/HiqFSP56KG14QiKG7

    More details at https://iswonline.org/Language-School-Blog Any questions please send an email to tutoring@iswonline.org. Do sign up soon

     

    Tutoring Team

    Krishnaa, Mansi, Ruchi & Shiamin

    tutoring@iswonline.org

     508-353-4316 Shiamin 

     ISW Tutoring program Summary

    ISW School launched a new online Students & Tutor match program to help parents with arranging one on one online tutoring for the kids with help from IYG.  The topics can be Math, Physics, Science, English, Languages and Life skills like Time Management.  The hours would be volunteer hours, based on student tutor availability. For the initial pilot program, it would be open to ISW members only and IYG members, so we can monitor this program for online safety.

    1. Program will run from September to the end of June 2021, however commitment is expected from our volunteers until the end of January 2021, for now.

    2.  Student tutors will be in grade 9 or up

    3. One on one tutoring was recommended since some kids would be hesitant to ask questions in a larger setting

    4. One-hour training/orientation for safe online etiquette to be held for student tutors

    5.  Before classes start, an initial meeting to held possibly 4-way between (a) Parents of student and (b) student tutors and (c) assigned Student tutors (d) ISW school rep

    6.  Personal WebEx/Zoom to be set up by parents or student tutors, will not be set up by ISW.

    7.  Volunteer hours to be signed by IYG advisor: Shubh Agrawal

    8.  CORI check for student tutors between 14-18 years is a TBD. 

    9. Attendance spreadsheet on google doc to be set up and filled out by student tutors 

    10 Email exchanges between parents and tutors to be CC  tutoring@iswonline.org to ensure online safety


    First Batch fill out the info by August 31,2020

    New ISW Tutoring program

    ISW Cultural and Language School is launching a new online Students & Tutor match program to help IYG members get volunteer hours and help parents by providing one on one online tutoring for their kids with help from IYG members. Tutored topics will include Math, Science, English, History, School taught Foreign Languages, and Life skills like Time Management. Student tutors will get volunteer hour credit for sessions conducted, and sessions will be based on student-teacher availability. To monitor online safety, the initial pilot program will only be open to ISW members and IYG members.

    For now we expect a commitment to the end of January , minimum one hour per week. There will be an initial online meeting for tutors, and a CORI check later. Sessions begin September 14, 2020.

    f you are a student in grade 9 to 12, who is interested in being a volunteer teacher, please fill out the info by August 31, 2020 at this link: https://forms.gle/HiqFSP56KG14QiKG7

    If you are looking for help with your online homework or course work in any school grade, please fill out the info by August 31, 2020 at this link:

    https://forms.gle/wTX6o7QGhGg2mBnG9

    Any questions please send an email to tutoring@iswonline.org

    Tutoring Team

    Mansi Gera -Student Volunteer Tutor Contact

    Krishnaa Amin - Parent and Tutored student Contact

    Shubh Agrawal

    Shiamin Melville

    Ruchi Chauhan


  • 4 Sep 2020 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Schedule 

               Online Open House on September 20th, 2020 attended by parents, teachers, and students
                Online First Semester School starts on September 26th, 2020

    For those who have not registered, please register as soon as possible, so we can start assigning classes

    https://iswonline.org/event-3733322  

    Early signup by September 12, will get free textbooks.  

    We also wanted to mention our new ISW Free Online Tutoring program. After two successful sessions of ISW Masti classes, on May 19, 2020 and July 6, 2020, we are now offering help for hassled parents with regular schoolwork. We understand remote schooling can be overwhelming.

    Tutoring Match- Information For first Batch

    Those who have already registered by August 31st have been assigned tutors and we will share the details with them in a few weeks. 

    Details: (for second Batch)

    If you are looking for help with your child's online homework or course work in any school grade, please fill out the info by September 15, 2020 at this link:(2nd Batch)

    https://forms.gle/wTX6o7QGhGg2mBnG9

    If you are a student in grade 9 to 12, who is interested in being a volunteer teacher, please fill out the info by September 15, 2020 at this link: (2nd Batch)

    https://forms.gle/HiqFSP56KG14QiKG7

    More details at https://iswonline.org/Language-School-Blog Any questions please send an email to tutoring@iswonline.org. Do sign up soon

    We wish you all to be safe and healthy, and looking forward to seeing you virtually.  

     
    Ruchi Chauhan 508-439-7607
    Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316   

    Contact: School@iswonline.org 


  • 30 Aug 2020 9:11 PM | Anonymous

    कुठेतरी आता अकस्मात एक अदृश्य दर्शन  दे 

    देवा आता साजरा करायला एक सोहळा तरी दे 


    आणि असे म्हणत, पाहता  पाहता भाद्रपद महिना येऊन ठेपला आणि सर्व संकटांवर मात करत आमचे बाप्पा खरंच दर्शन द्यायला हजर झाले. पुन्हा उत्सवाचे वातावरण पसरले आणि कार्यक्रमाची तयारी सुरु झाली.  श्रुसबरी ह्या बॉस्टन जवळील शहरात, गणेशोत्सव साजरे करण्याचे आमचे हे ९ वे वर्ष. 


    यंदाच्या वर्षीचा चा गणेशोत्सव मात्र जरासा वेगळा. करोना महामारी मुळे जगभर सार्वजनिक सण साजरे करायला जे निर्बंध दिले गेले आहेत त्या नुसार आम्ही सुद्धा ह्या वर्षीचा सोहळा "virtual" म्हणजे आपापल्या घरातून करायचे ठरवले. नेहमीप्रमाणे लगबग आणि नियोजन काही महिने आधी पासून सुरु झाले. डिजिटल entertainment  ची नव-नवीन साधनं आत्मसात करून आम्ही कार्यक्रम करायला सज्ज झालो. 

    ऑगस्ट ३० ला दुपारी २ वाजता, सर्व यंत्रणा "live" झाली, म्हणजे facebook live ह्या माध्यमातून व्हीडीओ द्वारे पूर्ण सोहळा रसिकांना पाहता आला. श्री. यतीन व सौ. स्मिता मांजरेकर ह्यांच्या घरी रीतसर पूजा झाली. छान सजावट, फुलांची आरास आणि तेजस्वी बाप्पाची मूर्ती पाहून सगळेच सुखावले.  स्मिताच्या आई वडिलांनी पूजा सांगितली व सर्व रसिकांना आणि भक्तांना घरी बसून पाहता आली आणि बाप्पा चे दर्शन घेता आले. "दुधाची तहान ताकावर" असा प्रकार जरी असला तरी, हे हि नसे थोडके म्हणत आम्ही ह्यातही आनंद घेतला. पूजे नंतर सामूहिक आरती सुद्धा छान पार पडली. अनेक देवांच्या आरत्या म्हणाल्या गेल्या आणि अनेक कुटुंब आपापल्या घरातून त्यात एका पाठोपाठ सामील झाली. मर्यादा पाळत त्यातल्यात्यात  जास्ती जास्त लोकांना सहभागी करून घेत आरती छान झाली. 


    नंतर लगेचच करमणुकीचा कार्यक्रम सुरु झाला. पूर्णपणे आभासी (virtual ) कार्यक्रम करणे, रचणे आणि पाहणे हा आमच्या साठी आणि श्रोत्यांसाठी सुद्धा नवीनच अनुभव होता. सर्व पूर्व-ध्वनी मुद्रित करून ठेवलेल्या चित्रफिती तयार होत्या. कार्यक्रमाचे सूत्र संचालन मात्र "live" होते. अश्या स्वरूपाचा कार्यक्रम असल्याने ह्या वर्षीचे नावीन्य म्हणजे महाराष्ट्रातून अनेक प्रसिद्ध लोकांना आम्हाला सामील करून घेता आले. कार्यक्रम "retro to metro" ह्या theme वर आधारित होता. मराठी आणि हिंदी मधील प्रसिद्ध सिनेमांवर आधारित नाटुकली तयार करण्यात आली. आपल्या जवळच्या मित्र मैत्रिणींना पडद्यावर पाहून सर्वांना छान वाटलं. मराठी चित्रपटांमध्ये, सचिन पिळगावकर यांचे  "अष्टविनायक", "आत्मविश्वास", आणि "अशी हि बनवा-बनावी" ह्यांचा समावेश होता. तर हिंदी मधे "शोले", "मैने प्यार किया" आणि "थ्री इडियटस" ह्या तीन चित्रपटांवर आधारित गाणी आणि नाटुकली करण्यात आली. आपापल्या घरी सर्वानी उत्साहानी आणि भरपूर मेहेनत घेऊन चित्रफिती तयार केल्या होत्या. कार्यक्रमाचे, वर नमूद केल्या प्रमाणे, मुख्य वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे महाराष्ट्रातून, सुप्रसिद्ध संगीत दिग्दर्शक, सिनेमा दिग्दर्शक, गायक, श्री. डॉ.  सलील कुलकर्णी ह्यांनी सर्वांना शुभेच्छा दिल्या, त्याच बरोबर श्री. अशोक हांडे (मराठी बाणा ) ह्यांची सुद्धा गणपतीची गाणे गाऊन त्यांच्या  शुभेच्छा आमच्या ISW गणेशोत्सव मंडळाला  पाठवल्या. श्री. सुधीर गाडगीळ ह्यांची त्यांच्या अनोख्या शैलीत पु ल देशपांड्यांची आठवण सांगत, कार्यक्रमाची रंगात वाढवली. नंतर प्रसिद्ध सिनेमा लेखक, दिग्दर्शक, "मी शिवाजीराजे भोसले बोलतोय", "शूट आऊट आट  वडाळा ", "वजीर", "आणि डॉ. काशिनाथ घाणेकर" ह्या सारखे दर्जेदार चित्रपट करणारे  श्री. अभिजित देशपांडे, ह्यांच्याशी साधलेला संवाद प्रदर्शित झाला. अभिजित देशपांडेंनी या गप्पांमधून  त्यांचे अनुभव, आठवणी, अभिताभ बच्चन सारख्या मोठ्या लोकां  बरोबरचे अनुभव संगितले . मुलाखत खूप रंगली. त्यांनतर मुलींनी केलेला एक बहारदार नृत्याचा कार्यक्रम रसिकांना खूप आवडला. 


     तब्बल २ तासांचा असा online/virtual कार्यक्रम कोणत्याही तांत्रिक अडचणी न येता अगदी प्रभावी पणे पार पडला.  डिजिटल एंटरटेनमेंट चे हे  आगळे वेगळे माध्यम आता अंगवळणी पडतेय असे वाटते. Virtual कार्यक्रम प्रभावी आणि रसिकांना खुश करणारा झाला यात वादच नाही. माणूस खूप परिवर्तनशील असतो, आणि तो  परिस्थिती प्रमाणे   बदल आत्मसात करतो.  त्यामुळे यंदाच्या  ह्या covid च्या परिस्थिती मध्ये साजरा  केलेला  हा उत्सव  आपल्या  सर्वांच्याच  लक्षात राहील. 

    मनात हे बदलेले जग कायम घर करून राहणार... पुढल्या वर्षी मात्र हे जगभरातले सर्व चिंतेचे सावट दूर झालेले असेल, आणि आम्ही पुन्हा पूर्वी सारखे, नटून थटून, भरपूर ढोल-ताशांचा आवाज करत बाप्पांचे स्वागत करू आणि पंगती सकट, मोदक, श्रीखंडाचा भरपूर आस्वाद घेऊ  अशी सगळे  आशा करूया .. 

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  • 15 Aug 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Namaste

    We are happy to announce that Registration is open for  ISW  Cultural & Language School Sept 2020-May 2021

    The ISW Cultural and Language School was established in 1992.  We believe that ‘a language binds a culture’ and we have a home base at our India Center Center in Shrewsbury, for our children who are the future of the Indian Community.  Language and Culture are intertwined and we provide  a safe place to learn, ask questions and participate in arts, music, activities and yoga.

     The school will meet online for now every Saturday & Sunday morning from September to May. We currently have 17 classes in 5 different languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati,Tamil, Telugu) for all age groups, including beginning Hindi for teenagers and adults for Hindi .

     ISW Cultural and Language School would like to thank the volunteer teachers for adapting to the online instruction since March 2020, and to the parents for helping us continue our mission of teaching languages. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, especially in our day to day lives, both emotionally and financially. Keeping in mind all these considerations we would to share our plans for the upcoming academic year  


    Online Open House on September 20th, 2020 attended by parents, teachers and students
    Online First Semester School starts on September 26th, 2020 Early signup by September 12, will get free textbooks. 
    Online or in person (TBD) Second Semester School starts on January  24th, 2021 Second set of fees due.
    Annual Day Program  on May 23, 2021  attended by teachers, students and families


    Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil and Marathi held on Sunday School Fees: 

    We are offering a split semester payment option this year given the uncertainty of 2021.  Keeping in mind that the current fees are nominal due to support from the community for providing the India Center, we can also offer  a 10% discount for the first online semester of 18 sessions. Example: 10% off half the regular $220 fee, so it will be 10% x $110 = $100.  For the second semester, we will incur additional expenses to ensure clean and sanitized premises when we have in person classes/events and the new building is ready. The fees will be $110, payable in January 2021 if we have in person, or $100 if all classes school stays online .  

     We will offer online yoga, thanks to Alka and culture classes on alternate Sundays, the new schedule to be published soon. 

     

    Telugu held on Saturday School Fees:  There is no change in the fees, and they will continue online for both semesters, plus participate on online yoga and  culture classes on Sundays

     

    Note that ISW offers free tuition if needed, due to financial hardship, contact us if you want additional information.

    By the end of December 2020, we will review the issue again and do a survey, keeping in mind the safety of the volunteer teachers & kids.   

    Our registration for September 2020 is now open.

     https://iswonline.org/page-18063.


    We wish you all to be safe and healthy, and looking forward to seeing you virtually.


    Ruchi Chauhan 508-439-7607
    Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316   

    Contact: School@iswonline.org 


    We were fortunate to have 10 classes offered each week by our ISW MASTI volunteers.  With 125 students registered, it was a boon for the families and well appreciated.  Thank you to
    Shivangi Das Gupta, Arnav Mishra, Tanvi Gahlot, Abhiram Singh, Safalta Shukla, Mohini Gera, Aryan Berube, Mansi Gera, and Sumer Shinde.  

    Also watch for a new online tutor/students matching option offered on an individual basis for Math, Science, English, mentoring etc to be made available, starting Fall 2020, stay tuned.


  • 27 Jul 2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    Our registration for September 2020 is now open. 

    https://iswonline.org/page-18063

    In-person classes will start later based on the Shrewsbury School Guidelines, and our building expansion completion.   


  • 10 Jul 2020 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    --Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville

    We have completed one week of classes , and are happy to announce that we have more than 120 kids signed up for 9 different sessions.   Fortunate to have so many volunteer student teachers, and the subjects range from Math, Hindi, Python, Games, Origami, and Indian Cooking.

    Thank you to Shivangi Das Gupta, Arnav Mishra, Tanvi Gahlot, Abhiram Singh, Safalta Shukla, Mohini Gera, Aryan Berube, Mansi Gera, and Sumer Shinde.

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