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Welcome to The Gujarati Mandal of Central Ohio.

Please Note: Starting 2024, GMOCO offers life membership option only.

Gujarati Competition


What is Gujarati Competition?

Gujarati Competition is an effort to promote the Gujarati language and increase the awareness of Gujarati culture, history, norms, values, traditions, and food. GMOCO is bringing back the Gujarati Competition during Holi Mela 2024 in three categories - Public Speaking (વક્તૃત્વ ), Essay (નિબંધ) and Art (ચિત્ર) for four different age groups. Registration is required for all categories and the submission for Public Speaking (વક્તૃત્વ ), Essay (નિબંધ), Art (ચિત્ર) will occur prior the Holi Mela event. 


Public Speaking - વક્તૃત્વ, Essay - નિબંધ, and Art - ચિત્ર require participants to send their public speaking video, copy of the essay, artwork to be sent in before the submission deadline. Participants’ submitted work will be displayed at the Holi Mela. Winners will be announced during the event. Refer to the table below for a list of topics and groups. Detailed rules are provided further down. 

One of the objectives of our Mandal per Article III of the constitution is “To assist the members and their children to learn the Gujarati language and to retain their cultural heritage.”. We hope you will encourage your children to participate. Don't forget, adults can participate as well.


Registration form for Gujarati Competition


Registration Deadline for all groups and all items: Thursday March 28, 2024 8:00pm

Submission Deadline for all groups and all categories: Sunday, March 31, 2024 8:00pm (you can submit prior to the deadline)

Category/Group/Topic

Category

Group

Topics 2024

Public Speaking - વક્તૃત્વ 

Group 1 - upto Grade 5

Holi / હોળી

Group 2 - Grades 6 - 8

My favorite Ramayan Character / મારું પ્રિય રામાયણનું પાત્ર

Group 3 - Grades 9 - 12

Ayodhya Ram Mandir / અયોધ્યા રામ મંદિર

Adults

My favorite Gujarati story / મારી પ્રિય ગુજરાતી વાર્તા

Essay - નિબંધ

Group 1 - upto Grade 5

My Favorite Bhagwan Ram / મારા પ્રિય ભગવાન રામ

Group 2 - Grades 6 - 8

Sardar Patel / સરદાર પટેલ

Group 3 - Grades 9 - 12

Significance of Statue of Unity / સ્ટેચ્યુ ઓફ યુનિટીનું મહત્વ

Adults

Is Ram Rajya possible today? / શું આજે રામ રાજ્ય શક્ય છે?

Art - ચિત્ર

All Groups

Statue of Unity    OR    Bhagwan Ram   OR Ram  Mandir   OR   Ramayan / સ્ટેચ્યુ ઓફ યુનિટી અથવા ભગવાન રામ અથવા રામાયણ


Rules 


Rules Applicable To All Categories

  • An individual can participate in multiple categories
  • All participants will receive a certificate and participation gift
  • Minimum 5 entries are required for each category in each group for the item to be considered a competition. If we receive fewer than 5 entries in a particular category and group, you will receive a participation gift, but the entries will only be judged for the first prize.

Public Speaking - વક્તૃત્વ 

  • Participation is open to Groups 1, 2, 3, and Adults
  • Topics 
    • Group 1: હોળી (Holi)
    • Group 2: મારું પ્રિય રામાયણનું પાત્ર (My favorite Ramayan Character) 
    • Group 3: અયોધ્યા રામ મંદિર (Ayodhya Ram Mandir)
    • Adults: મારી પ્રિય ગુજરાતી વાર્તા (My favorite Gujarati story) 
  • The participant must speak in Gujarati
  • Speaking time maximum 4 minutes, speech beyond 4 minutes will not be judged
  • Please devote the entire 4 minutes to the topic, do not include your name, topic, age group, background music or noise
  • Record your speech and upload it to the link provided after registration
  • Speeches will be available to view on the GMOCO website after the Holi program
  • Video recording tips:
    • Record in a well-lit area
    • Choose a clear background
    • Speak clearly 
    • Traditional Gujarati outfits encouraged
    • For better results, a light source (window, lamp, etc.) must be in front of the subject
    • Make sure the file you submit is of high-resolution and original quality. Upload the file from the same device you used to capture the video. Transferring files over messaging apps may reduce video quality. 

Essay - નિબંધ 

  • Participation is open to Groups 1, 2, 3, and Adults
  • Topics 
    • Group 1: મારા પ્રિય ભગવાન રામ (My Favorite Bhagwan Ram) 
    • Group 2: સરદાર પટેલ (Sardar Patel)
    • Group 3: સ્ટેચ્યુ ઓફ યુનિટીનું મહત્વ (Significance of Statue of Unity) 
    • Adults: શું આજે રામ રાજ્ય શક્ય છે? / Is Ram Rajya possible today?
  • The participant must write in Gujarati
  • The essay must not be more than 750 words, approximately 2 page
  • The essay can be handwritten or typed in Gujarati
  • Capture your essay with a digital device and upload it to the link provided after registration
  • Essays will be available to view on the GMOCO website after the Holi program
  • Writing and capturing (photo) tips:
    • Write on a lined notebook paper, use black/blue pen
    • Write your name on the top left corner
    • Write legibly, skip lines for easy reading
    • Use a phone app such as CamScanner to adjust for skew, border crop, light, etc.
    • Make sure the file you submit is of high-resolution original quality. Upload the file from the same device you used to capture the image. Sending files over messaging apps often reduces the quality. 

Art - ચિત્ર કળા 

    • Participation is open to Groups 1, 2, 3, and Adults
    • Topics 
  • Statue of Unity    OR    Bhagwan Ram   OR Ram  Mandir   OR   Ramayan / સ્ટેચ્યુ ઓફ યુનિટી અથવા ભગવાન રામ અથવા રામાયણ
      • The artwork must not be smaller than 8.5” x 11” 
      • Artwork may be pencil sketch, paint, crayons, etc. no crafts, please
      • Capture your artwork with a digital device and upload it to the link provided after registration
      • Artwork will be available to view on the GMOCO website after the Holi program
      • Writing and capturing (photo) tips:
        • Write on a lined notebook paper, use black/blue pen
        • Write your name on the top left corner
        • Write legibly, skip lines for easy reading
        • Use a phone app such as CamScanner to adjust for skew, border crop, light etc.
        • Make sure the file you submit is of high-resolution original quality. Upload the file from the same device you used to capture the image. Sending files over messaging apps often reduces the quality. 

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