Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture in association with Hindiustani Bhasha Akademi under \u2018Hindi Pakhwara\u2019 held a daylong event in honour of Hindi. The program was held at \u2018Samvet\u2019 auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi.\u00a0 The guests of the first session of the event were Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Anand Kumar Sharma Deputy Commissioner, Delhi Police, Balendu Sharma Dadich, Director- Local Languages & Accessibility at Microsoft and Dr. Laxmi Shankar Bajpeyi, Former Additional Director General , All India Radio.\r\n\r\nSpeaking at the event Dr. Sachidanand Joshi said Hindi in contemporary times has attained the status of global language.\u00a0 Talking at the event he encouraged the youth to take up proper research and reading in Hindi. He further reiterated on proper usage of our mother tongue 'Hindi\u2019 and emphasized on correct and proper usage of the language. Anand Kumar Mishra talked about his personal experience at school when he feared speaking in English as he did not know the language and later his message was that one should never feel inhibited in one\u2019s own identity andlanguage. Speaking at the occasion Balendu Sharma Dadich, said that we should use language in advancement of technology and he uses the same thought in practice at Microsoft.\r\n\r\nIn the second session of the event held under \u201cHindi Pakhwada\u201d there was a speech contest held in which large number of students from various colleges of \u2018University of Delhi\u2019 participated. The broad theme under which this contest was held was \u201c RashtriyaAkahandtamein Hindi kaYogdan\u201d. The students participated with great enthusiasm and zeal and it could be said that Hindi and other Indian languages and culture are in safe hands.\u00a0 The first, second and third prize went to Vishakha, Abhiyudai Kumar and Manish Kumar Jha. The consolation prizes were given to Anjali, Priyanshi, Shradha, Alka, Divya, Jayanti Mishra, Divesh Chandra.