Schools in Hyderabad

January 25th

We visited two schools this day and flew that evening to Ahmedabad. I like to mention all the schools I visit and post pics and videos. It is an avenue of communication that can progress over time. Some schools and students don’t have internet but these posts will be up indefinitely and someday I hope all the students will be able to look back and enjoy the time we had together. Also, if you’re a student out there you should know I am always open to answering any questions you have. So just contact me through a comment on this blog or go directly to my website. I know the internet will not be a satisfying as our visit but you never know, I might get back there someday!

Actually I also have a more personal reason ┬ámotivating me. I have two daughters (10, 14). They are a big inspiration to me and when I am far from them I am always thinking about them especially when I am working with kids their ages. Of all the work I do I think they are most excited by the children and they’re curious about kids their age in other countries with unfamiliar cultures. So check these out Nia and Serena!

The first school has a long name: Andhra Mahila Sabha – P. Obul Reddy Public School!

We played a concert and had the pleasure of playing a song with Jaywant and Prehinder! (check out the jam session we had the previous night-posted earlier). There were also some questions from the students at the end. BUT what I’ll remember most from this visit were the student musical performances. They were so enthusiastic about playing for us and we were very appreciative.

A student choir welcomed us:

After we played there was a trio of students who unfortunately didn’t make it into the program due to lack of time. They asked us if they could play for us and even though we were due downstairs for an official lunch (see the South Indian food below!) we could not refuse. They set up their instruments on the floor and began:

Student trio-Hyderabad

Srikar – Harmonium

Narayanan – Mridangem

Rahul Das – percussion and drums

Freddie, Preminder, Jaywant and Gilad

The feast at P. Obul Reddy Public School. Note: that is not a donut! It is a savory fried lentils called Vada/Garelu

Principle, cooks-our hosts at P.Obul Reddy Public School

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School was our next visit. Their veena players performed this song for us:

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