HMM Marathi Shala is in its seventh year!! Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) in collaboration with BMM opened a Marathi Shala in the Houston Area on 13 October 2013 with 36 students. The Marathi Shala is operated from four centers across the Houston area, namely, Cypress, Katy, and Sugarland. The fourth center in the Energy Corridor was opened in 2017. HMM Marathi Shala is founded with the purpose of protecting and preserving the Marathi language. The aim is to empower children with the ability to communicate (read, write and speak) in Marathi and also familiarize them with the rich culture of the state of Maharashtra. We are a non-profit school, run solely by volunteers. The school is one of three divisions of Houston Maharashtra Mandal.
Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) of North America initiated the “Marathi Shala” (Marathi School) project with a passion and commitment to teach Marathi language and culture to the next generation. Since 1970, many Marathi Mandals were formed in various locations in North America. Many Mandals run Marathi schools based on the BMM Marathi Shala Curriculum, and the HMM Marathi Shala is one of them.
There are 20 volunteer teachers who are dedicated to achieving the purpose of the Marathi Shala. BMM conducts grade level exams each year in May. Many students from HMM shala have taken the exam so far. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in performances held at the end of every school year and at HMM events giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent and newly acquired language skills. Our students also participate in the projects run by BMM Shala. The school operates in accordance with the local school district calendar.
We welcome parents to enroll their children in our Marathi Shala, and also encourage the wider community to volunteer in our school to help familiarize the next generation with our heritage. Additional school information can be found here.
Our new 2019/20 Marathi Shala year resumes the weekend after your local ISD starts. All classes will be on Sunday. Please pay your fees first, and then fill out the form.
Non-members can purchase HMM membership by following this link.
There is a Shala fee discount for members ($80 vs $100), and in order to take advantage of this discount, you must FIRST play your HMM annual membership fee, after which you be able to see the $20 discount.
In 2018/19 we had approximately 90 students this year in our four branches, with 20 students appearing for the BMM exams. Come join us as we endeavor to instill the love of our language and culture in the next generation!
We’re looking for volunteers to teach and assist our teachers too! You don’t have to have kids in the school to help out. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Principal, HMM Marathi Shala