Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America- Massachusetts

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Story Telling Contest for Children and Young Adults

Story Telling Contest

Have fun telling a story and you might win a prize too!  The deadline for submission of the video Storytelling Contest is May 2nd, 2022 keeping in mind the Spring break in schools. 

For those who have not heard, there is a storytelling contest via video submission.  Children and young adults up to age 18 can make a video up to 5 minutes long and submit it for the contest. 

This unique contest is organized on the occasion of Hindu Heritage Day 2022, to be held virtually on May 21, 2022. The topic in the video need not be limited to a story.  It can be about their favorite deity or character (Hanuman anyone, Ganesha, Krishna-Sudama), incident from the life of a great teacher (Swami Vivekananda, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Guru Nanak), explanation of a teaching (Gita shlok, Thyagaraja’s composition, Kabir’s couplet, Gayatri Mantra),  or about a practice (yoga, meditation, concept of Shuchi or hygiene).  Teenagers can choose a challenging topics from Living in Dharma. These are just a few examples. The topic should be related to Hindu Heritage and its range is vast.  We have collected some ideas on a webpage and are constantly adding to it.  The webpage with the contest Registration form, Info and topics can be found at: https://boston.vhpa-america.org/hhd22/contest

Hindu Heritage has made great contributions to world civilization till date and continues to help in tackling modern problems, be it through Yoga, Ayurveda, eco-friendly practices, or meditation techniques (e.g. for mental health and even hypertension).  Many adults in Hindu families imbibed bits and pieces of their heritage from growing up in joint families or through extended families and social institutions.  However, with the current lifestyle in USA, interactions with extended family are very limited.  Therefore, it is important for adults to identify family and social traditions which are worth passing on. They can help the youth to express these topics in the contest video (however, do not be disappointed if the youth would rather talk about something different)!  Do check out the existing list of topics on the above webpage.

Video entries by the youth will be categorized in various age groups.  The participants can dress up or use any background ranging from their home altar or a simple wall.  Comprehension of the topic by the youth will be a plus.  Avoid bright lighting (such as a window) behind the subject so that the story teller can be lighted well.  Make sure the volume is enough so that you can be heard clearly. Technical excellence is not expected. Bloopers, errors are acceptable (we realize that it is submission by a youth, not a parent).  Parents are reminded to make it a fun activity and avoid insistence on perfection.  Yes, there will be lots of prizes ranging from $25 to $150 depending on the number of entries.  Selected entries will be broadcast on Hindu Heritage Day on May 21nd, 2022 starting at 4 PM. 

The organizers are truly excited in this adventure to collect nuggets of Hindu Heritage contributed by the families in New England area and to encourage the youth in delving into their culture while developing their skills at telling a story.  After all, this is what most professionals have to do when they present their work in front of any audience, be it stock-holders, job interviewers, prospective customers.  Please visit https://boston.vhp-america.org/hhd22/contest  periodically to learn of more details and view any updates.  If your questions are not answered by the information at the webpage, please send an email to the organizers at bgarg@ieee.org