Mumbai, Apr 10 () Sindhi language should be spoken in homes and parents must speak to their children in their mother tongue, said Dubai-based NRI Asha Chand who has bagged several awards in the field of promoting language and culture.

Chand, who runs NGO Sindhi Sangat to promote the rich and ancient Sindhi language and unite the diaspora across India and the globe through Social Media, said she has organised a "Sindhi Nursery Rhyme Competition" for children below six years of age.

Of the Sindhi rhymes uploaded on www.sindhisangat.com, parents are required to select any one and shoot a film of their child reciting and enacting that poem and upload it on WhatsApp. Top 20 children will be awarded prizes, including a mini-Ipad, Chand told a press conference here on April 7.

About 500 video entries have already been received from India, Dubai, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore for the contest which closes on April 15, she said.

"Our goal is to reach out to all Sindhi managed primary schools and play schools so that they announce this competition to young Sindhi families," Chand said.

Following this contest, two more competitions have been lined up including a story telling contest for children aged six to 14. Stories can be selected from the four animated Panchatantra tales that are available on YouTube uploaded by Sindhi Sangat, she said.

The third contest is targeted at university students who can produce their own creative video clips on the select nursery rhymes and win prizes including iPhone and other IT gadgets, Chand said. SVS ARS

Source: India Time