In continuation to Dhyan Foundation’s endeavour to provide our children with a holistic learning that is not just limited to academic excellence, a cooking competition was organised for the students of Anand Vidyalaya, SDA centre. The event saw a large number of eager and excited children ranging from classes, 8th to 12th dish out the most exquisite, mouth-watering line-up of eateries. From Indian thali, Idli & sambar, halva-puri, kheer, to dimsums, bread pizza, veg rolls, gulab jamun and even kulfi! The scrumptious assortment made it difficult for the panel of 3 judges to judge them on the criterion of Taste, Presentation and Question & Answer.
Ms. Santosh Yadav, Padma Shri Awardee and the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice in less than a year and also the first woman to successfully climb Mount Everest from Kangshung Face, was the Chief Guest at the event. She congratulated and lauded the efforts of the children.
Ms. Yadav also addressed the students on the need for protecting and preserving our environment by avoiding the use of plastics. She suggested that everyone use utensils made of metal since they were durable, affordable and did not harm the environment. A thought well received by the students who have been cultivated with the sensitivity towards nature and environment through various practical exercises and awareness programs under the guidance of Yogi Ashwiniji. These kids feed stray dogs, take care of cows in gaushalas, keep water for birds, amongst other things. At Anand Vidyalayas, education is also imparted on pollutants in the environment, toxins in everyday products, environment friendly choices and practices, importance of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle as given in the ancient sciences of Yog, Ayurveda and Sanatan Kriya.
The event saw an award for everyone. While the five best dishes were awarded winners, everyone else was awarded consolation prizes for participation and a wonderful show.