Children in India are inspired by José Martí.

More than seven hundred children, between the ages of 7 to 12 years and coming from more than one hundred schools in different states of India, were inspired by José Martí to develop their creative capacity in poems, songs and dances, through their participation in a contest that paid tribute to the National Hero of Cuba, on the occasion of the 127th anniversary of his fall in combat. The contest was organized by the Cuban Embassy and the 8one Foundation, whose co-founder Ramit Singh Chimni is a member of the jury of the UNESCO International José Martí Prize.

An emotional moment was the award ceremony for the top three entries, the paintings of Abeer Bahl and Adona Mary Martin from Bluebells International School in Delhi, and the entry "A Home Not a Colony" by Srina Bose from Springdales School in Delhi. The winners received their awards from the Cuban Ambassador to India, Alejandro Simancas Marin, India's Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakashi Lekhi, and Ramit Singh Chimni. The event took place at the International Indian Center (IIC), one of the most important cultural spaces in the city and was attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited in India, friends of Cuba, teachers and students with their families from various schools in New Delhi.

The works presented by the Indian students were of high artistic quality and reflected passages of the life and work of Martí and the Cuban Revolution. The works will be presented later in different Indian schools and are expected to be taken to Cuba to be exhibited next January 28, on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle.


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