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Learn about being Indian, in Hong Kong
Do you look around and find Japanese, Spanish or French parents talking to their children mostly in their mother tongue? The Chinese speak in Mandarin whenever they can help it, especially within the family. The importance of nurturing and instilling their native language seems to be a priority.
Somehow, it seems Indian children in Hong Kong are the only ones speaking in English. It represents a huge loss of identity and culture from one generation to the next. For those NRIs worried about this, there are several classes run by different groups that can teach your kids about being an Indian in Hong Kong.
Whether its learning Hindi or appreciating Indian classical music, these classes are a great medium to introduce your kids to our culture and heritage.
Sanskriti – Indian culture and Hindi classes for toddlers to adults run by Geetanjali Dhar, all week long with a holistic and fun approach.
Chinmaya Mission – With a mission of imparting Hindu vedantic and spiritual teaching, Chinmaya Mission runs Bal Vihar classes at many locations on Hong Kong island and Kowloon. Except for an annual registration fee, these classes are free. Reciting shlokas in Sanskrit, listening to mythological stories, celebrating festivals like Janmashtami, these classes reconnect children with Indian culture and spirituality.
Address: Chinmaya Seva Ashram, 11-F Ocean View Court, 43 Mody Road, Tel: +852-23673390
Tharangini – a non-profit arts and culture group that runs Indian classical music classes for children.
Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh– These classes are run by the that aims to familiarize children with the Hindu religion. These classes are free and held for children older than seven years of age in Kowloon Park every Saturdays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh hotline: +852 2368 3663
SPIC MACAY – Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth is a voluntary organization that arranges classical music and dance performances, and holds events in Hong Kong once every few months. Although this is open to everyone, slightly older children can benefit from the educative aspects of these performances that give an excellent introduction to Indian classical arts.
If we have missed out any more cultural activities for children, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.
About the writer – Swati M is a journalist, academic and a mother who has grown to love Hong Kong in the three years she has been here.