Badhahi Mithurunge Hadiya" - A Gift for Maldivian Literature Lovers
A group of friends who share a passion for Maldivian literature has created a book that is indeed a gift for all Maldivians to enjoy. The book, "Badhahi Mithurunge Hadiya," which means "strong bond between a group of friends" and "gift," contains original poetry, madaha (religious songs), ban'dhi (a type of poetry used in the past to communicate with each other about all kinds of topics), and stories from Maldivians from all walks of life.
The project started on Clubhouse, a social media platform where people can join forums on various topics, including Maldivian literature. The group, Badhahi Mithurun, was formed on the platform and members shared and discussed literary narratives on different topics. The group later started offering free short courses on different types of Maldivian poetry. With many members eager to share their original compositions, the group decided to publish a book to spread awareness and inspire young poets, storytellers, and writers to keep their interest in Maldivian literature alive for generations to come.
After only two months of planning, the group accomplished the impressive feat of completing the book in just three months, from designing to collecting and selecting stories, editing, and coordinating the distribution all over the Maldives. The book has been donated to all secondary schools in the Maldives, with support and sponsorship from Best Dives Pvt Ltd and Best Yachts Maldives Pvt Ltd, an active supporter of local projects and initiatives that benefit the community.