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Family Literacy Night in "India" Was Magnificent!

From Left to Right: Partha Aji on percussion and flute, Ramya Sunderesan Kapadia on vocals, and Anuj Kapadia on percussion.

On Thursday, November 29th, Stallings Elementary School participated in a wonderful experience of the Indian culture at the Family Literacy Night – Read Around the World – Destination: India. Their first treat was South Indian music and dance performed by our very own VIF (Visiting International Faculty) kindergarten teacher, Suresh Swaminathan and his friends, Ramya Sunderesan Kapadia on vocals, with Partha Aji playing percussion and flute and Anuj Kapadia accompanying on percussion. After the families enjoyed the music and dance, Mr. Swaminathan read and acted out a traditional folktale from India, The Blue Jackal. Then there was the delicious food from the Bombay Grille in Pineville and Soma Grille in Matthews. Students and families tasted Chicken Curry, rice pilaf, Indian flat bread, Paneer - Indian cheese and desserts like Gajar Halva (Indian carrot pudding) and Gulab Jamum (fried dough dipped in syrup). Misty, Allison, and Caroline After the tasting party the families traveled around India at different stations depicting the cities of Calcutta where they created bookmarks, Bangalore with traditional storytelling and instrument exploration, Mumbai - Bombay had Indian letter writing and book browsing, and last but not least, New Delhi where students took their passport and worked on map activities. Every family received a free book to take home that depicted the Indian culture, also. Fourth grade student, Caroline Kramb said, “I really liked the beginning of the program when Mr. Swaminathan danced to the Indian music because no one else I know dances like that and I thought it was neat.” Caroline went on to say, “ I especially liked the food because it was so different and it tasted pretty good.” This event was made possible through a Family Literacy grant from the Target Corporation.

Written by: Janice Deane
Posted: Dec 03, 2012 by Janice Deane

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