For Rekha Rajvanshi, it won’t be wrong to call her cultural crusader, as she has represented India and India’ national Language ‘Hindi’ at various occasions in Australia and India.
It needs extra ordinary expertise to promote a language which very few people understand and speak but it is a passion for Rekha Rajvanshi, a Hindi writer and poet of the Australian Indian community, who has carved a niche for herself in Australia.
In 1996 Rekha was honoured by the then President Sri Shankar Dayal Sharma and Mrs Vimala Sharma in the President’s House.
She has five published books to her credit and is also the recipient of prestigious AUSIT (a national translating body) first runner-up award in Australia, for translating 13 aboriginal animation films ‘The Dreaming’ in Hindi. Rekha contributes stories, poems and articles in many Indian and international publications.
Rekha migrated from India in the year 2000 and since then is doing every possible effort to promote Hindi here in Australia.
As a poet, Rekha’s poems portray her journey as a migrant, struggle involved in settling down in a new land and hardships involved while settling in a new land.
Her poems are full of reminiscence from her country of origin and are generally about the ups and downs a person faces in present life.
It was her passion for poetry and writing that landed her with three poetry books to her credit as she embarked on consolidating literary efforts and form a group of poets and writers under the umbrella ILASA – Indian Literary & Art Society of Australia Inc. with has chapters in Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
Under ILASA Rekha has been able to gather a group of like-minded literary writers along with some seasoned writers who were quietly writing.
Rekha also runs a blog ‘Sahitya Australia’ where many writers have contributed many thoughtful poems and short stories.
She also got together 11 poets from all over Australia and published an anthology of poems ‘Boomerang- Australia se kavitayen’.
She has published her own poetry in a book of poems ‘Kangaroon Ke Desh Me’.
Recently Rekha was invited by the Sahitya Akademi in India to represent Australia in the IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) nations to participate along with various renowned writers and poets from different parts of world. The idea behind this event was to connect these countries through this platform. At the festival , Rekha recited poems both in English and Hindi.
“It is matter of pride to be invited as the Akademi’s guest and represent literature from the Australian continent. The fact that the Akademi has finally put us in spotlight is just a matter of great happiness and satisfaction,” says Rekha Rajvanshi who was overwhelmed after participating in the festival.
She was the only Australian poet of Indian origin who has been invited for reciting poetry in Hindi and English. An anthology of participant poets was also released.
About writing poems, Rekha says, “Poems should reflect reality and express emotions. It should be written from the experience. I am passionate about writing poetry. It is more than a hobby. I also enjoy reading other people’s poems”.
Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs also congratulated her on this achievement.
The international poetry festival ‘Waves’ IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) organized by Sahitya Akademi-an Academy of letters and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was held in Delhi from March 1—3, 2014.
Over 50 poets from 19 countries along the Indian Ocean rim showcased their verses at a poetry festival hosted by the Sahitya Akademi .
Shiv K Kumar (India), Nabaneeta Deb Sen (India), Surjit Patar (India), Nida Fazli (India), Edwin Thumboo (Singapore), Abdul Jabbar Kakaei (Iran), K Satchidanandan (India), Mohammad Haji Saleh (Malaysia), Zakariya Amataya (Thailand), Nirmalendu Goon (Bangladesh), Rekha Rajvanshi (Australia) were among the participants.
Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) established in 1997 is the largest grouping of countries in the Indian Ocean region.
The association has 19 member countries – Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and Yemen.
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