Hindi Divas celebrated in Sydney

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Indian Consulate Sydney hosted Hindi Divas on September 16, 2017 at The Indian Cultural Centre.

Rekha Rajvanshi of ILASA Inc. organized the program, which had three sessions.

There  were different sessions during the programme which included  ‘Hindi literature in Australia’  and  ‘Hindi Teaching in Australia and challenges’  .

The program started with a welcome note by Rekha Rajvanshi of ILASA, she also recited a beautiful poem on Hindi.

S K Verma from the Indian Consulate spoke about the importance of Hindi and also informed community about Indian Consulate planning to resume Hindi classes.

“A qualified Hindi teacher will be appointed by the government of India to run these classes and course will be designed properly with the provision of a certificate at the completion,”  said S K Verma.

Gunjan Tripathi of Hindi Samaj recited Saraswati Vandana.

While speaking on the occasion Dr Harry Harinath, Chair of Multicultural NSW said,” I completed Madhyama in Hindi at school in Southern India. I believe demand for Hindi will grow as the trade figures between Australia and India increase, in the meantime we need to keep on working hard to promote Hindi.”

MP Strathfield, Jodi McKay  while speaking on the occasion stressed on the  importance of learning different languages.

“In July this year we celebrated NAIDOC week and the theme this year was ‘Language Matters’. I went to Homebush West which has a big multicultural community, where all the languages resonated including Hindi. If Labor comes in power in 2019, we will make sure that Hindi is taught in NSW schools and community schools.”

MC David Townsend invited keynote speaker Dr Gaytri Singh who is  currently serving as the Principal of Armapore Post Graduate College in the Kanpur University.

Dr Singh spoke about the status of Hindi in India. She also mentioned English scholars, who studied Hindi, and found that Hindi is highly phonetic; the pronunciation of new words can be reliably predicted from their written form.

Panel on ‘Hindi status and teaching’ consisted of Dr Nihal Agar – President Hindu Council of Australia, Mritunjay Kumar Singh – Founder South Asian Hindi School, Mala Mehta- Founder IABBV Hindi School, Gunjan Tripathi- Hindi Samaj Girraween Hindi School, Yadu Singh-President FIAN, Archana Choudhary – West Ryde PS, Aakash Prasad – Green Valley Languages & Arts School, Pradeep Sinha – Darpan Radio, Kulwinder Kaur – Darcy Road PS Rekha Rajvanshi – CCE, Sydney University and Sudesh Verma – Australian Hindu Multicultural Association School of Language, Arts and Culture expressed their views about the status of Hindi and challenges faced at their school.

Teachers spoke about how they run Hindi classes at their schools and also talked about the challenges they face.

Two youth ambassadors including AIBC Vice President Pallavi Sinha and a talented actor Sanghmitra Kumar, also expressed their views.

Panel on ‘Hindi Literature in Australia’ consisted of Dr Prabhat Sinha, Dr Sonu Sarda, Dr Shailja Chaturvedi, former Councillor Gurdeep Singh, Neena Badhwar, Bhawna Kunwar, Rajeev Kumar from the Indian Consulate, Sanjay Agnihotri, Vijay Kumar Singh, Manish Rana, Darshan Behl, Aakansha Srivastava and humour writer Sant Ram Bajaj.  Their poetry mesmerized all present at the venue.

Hindi poet, teacher and organizer of Hindi Divas, Rekha Rajvanshi said, “I moved here in December 2001 and started teaching Hindi at IABBV Hindi School.  I proposed Hindi Divas celebration to Shubha Kumar, President India Club and we organized Hindi Divas Kavi Sammelan in 2008 and in 2010 with other organizations. In 2011, Hindi Mela concept was discussed with Neena Badhwar , Mala Mehta and  Tara Chandra ji, and we started celebrating it annually. ILASA along with ‘Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’ with the support of Indian Consulate Sydney organized poetry competition for youth at the NSW Parliament House in 2015, a National level Hindi Conference at the University of Sydney last year, and Hindi Samaroh this year at the Indian Consulate’s Cultural Centre’.



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