Lokvani is pleased to present the Rising Stars in Art and Community Service awards to Sachi Badola, Anindita Lal, Avni Mishra, and Arnav Srikanth. The awards will be presented at the Lokvani Community and Youth night to be held on Dec 16.
Sachi Badola is a vibrant 14-year-old, 8th grader at Parker Middle School, Chelmsford. She is a multitalented girl who wants to make a change in the world with music. She has won many awards for singing, both in Western and Indian. Sachi has also been involved in theater and has won an award from Massachusetts Theater Guild. She has been recognized by her school as someone with exceptional academic and music abilities. She has presented her work on math music videos at various conferences, including Learn and Launch conference in 2016, in Boston and was selected by the MASSCUE organization to speak as a keynote speaker at the Annual Conference, October 2017.
Anindita Lal is a junior at Acton Boxborough High School. Anindita has studied Madhubani art from Sunanda Sahay. Anindita received the Mass Cultural Council Apprenticeship award in 2016-2017 and a Scholastic award from Boston Globe for one of her paintings. She was invited to exhibit her work at the Discovery Science museum in Acton. She will also be exhibiting at the Chelmsford library in 2018.
In working to spread awareness about the unique art form, Anindita has held workshops during summer, winter school breaks for children. She feels that this art encourage women empowerment through its origins and roots as well as promotes cultural awareness through story telling. A unique aspect of MAdhubani that Anindita would like to draw attention to in kids is the hatching technique. This, she has seen through experience improves focus and concentration.
Avni is a 12 year-old artist from Acton, MA and a student at R J Grey Junior High School. Avni has been trained in ‘Madhubani’ painting, a traditional Indian style under the tutelage of Sunanda Sahay. Avni has presented her paintings at a number of events.
Madhubani typically depicts rural or mythological scenes from India. This art form is characterized by a colorful and vibrant decoration style. No space is left empty; gaps are filled by flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. A large colorful border frames these paintings. Avni has recently started to create a fusion of the realistic painting and Madhubani style. She has drawn some local Acton landmarks using this fusion style.
Arnav is a senior at Newton North High School and an Eagle Scout Award recipient of Troop 355 in Newton ( scoutmaster- Karl Kaltenbach).
Serving and giving back to the community he grew up in was always a strong desire in Arnav, and this motivated him to join scouting in fifth grade. In his seven years as a Boy Scout, Arnav have taken part in numerous service projects and pitched in countless hours of community service in various different places, whether it be on camping trips, at summer camp as a patrol leader, or at his fellow scouts’ Eagle Projects. However, his crowning achievement was his Eagle Project. For his project at Sawmill Brook Park in Newton, Arnav & his troop worked on a trail that had fallen into disrepair and was unsafe for the community to hike on. He worked closely with Ms.Jennifer Steel from the Newton Conservation commission as he was required to present a proposal and get it approved.Later on he planned out the steps of the project & communicated with several public work employees before he could execute his final project in October 2016. He was awarded the Eagle badge in September 2017. Arnav's experience may have been difficult, but he expressed that it was still one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, and the feeling of serving the community is one that left him satisfied. He aspires to continue serving the community and intends to pursue more service opportunities in college.
He is also been very active on his school's FIRST Robotics team since freshman year. Since junior year he has been a team/build leader for his team and proposed to lead his team during the upcoming FRC competition season starting jan 2018. Besides this he also plan to pursue his passion for robotics by mentoring an FRC team near his future