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Alumni do us proud

Our alumni continue to make us proud. Some of them are dreaming big and are working hard to achieve their goals. Gulab Damor, an alumnus of the Arsha Vidya Tirtha AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel for Boys in Jaipur, Rajasthan recently won the second prize in a speech competition organised by the Ramakrishna Mission. The topic was on the ‘Life of Swami Vivekananda’ and Gulab delivered an eloquent speech and wooed the audience. There were 100 participants in this competition.

Gulab joined the Arsha Vidya Tirtha AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel for Boys, Jaipur in 2008 when he was 10 years old. “I was the first student at this hostel,” he recollects. He hails from Makdev village in Udaipur district which is a hilly region. His father is into farming in the village and Gulab has two younger brothers, one of whom is in class 9 and resides at the same hostel in Jaipur.

Gulab’s big moment occurred when he came face to face with our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati when Swamiji paid a visit to the Jaipur hostel in 2008 and 2011. “Swamiji’s vision is profound. At that time, he inspired all of us by telling that nothing is bigger that working towards the betterment of society.”

After completing his XII standard in 2014, Gulab went on to do a bachelor’s in arts from the IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) with his main subjects being philosophy, Sanskrit and English. Alongside, Gulab also pursued a BA in Music from Allahabad University.

Gulab is looking to take forward his musical education. He is keen to do a MA as well as a PhD in Hindustani music and he wants to focus on the Delhi Gharana. The Delhi Gharana is one of the oldest table gharana and the first one to establish improvisation rules. It was founded in the 18 century.

“I would like to take Swamiji’s vision forward. I want to learn as much as I can and spread the message of our founder far and wide,” he says.

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