Bellaire Hindi Teacher Honored At New York Gala
Bellaire High School Hindi teacher Arun Prakash was named the South Asian Personality of the Year at the South
Asian Excellence Awards recently. The South Asian Excellence Awards, first established in 2008, honor distinguished South Asians in several categories, such as business, entertainment, science, literature and sports. Prakash received his award at a black-tie gala in the Grand Ballroom of Cipriani’s Hotel in New York City. Prakash has taught Hindi at Bellaire High School for twenty years, developing a curriculum that he eventually published as the first high school Hindi textbook in the country. He has organized Diwali celebrations and Holika dance competitions throughout the past two decades.
“I am happy to have received this award, which is actually a recognition of Hindi, Hindi teachers, Hindi students, and Hindi speakers worldwide,” said Prakash. “This is the first time an international TV platform of this magnitude has recognized Hindi. I hope this attracts the interest of non-Hindi speakers to pursue this second most spoken language in the world.”
Another Houstonian, Raj Bhavsar, won the Excellence Award for Sports. Bhavsar was the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist. A panel of four judges – Vijay Amritraj, Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Ketan Gandhi and Karim Rammal – chose the winners. The awards show will be televised in more than 100 countries in June on Sony Entertainment Television.