Hindi Diwas is celebrated all around the world on 14th of September and a variety of activities are organized such as Hindi poetry recitation, Hindi drama, essay writing, debate, competitions and discussion on various topics.
This year, parliamentarians of NSW opened their doors to celebrate Hindi Diwas at the NSW Parliament House. Indian Literary and Art Society of Australia (ILASA) Inc.-Rekha Rajvanshi founder of the Indian Literary & Art Society of Australia (ILASA Inc) and Gambhir Watts, President of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan Australia organized Hindi Diwas celebrations at the NSW Parliament House by organizing poetry competition for youth, aged 18-30 years, on September 17th 2015.
The program was hosted by Dr. Geoff Lee MP Parramatta, and was supported by the Consulate General of India in Sydney Sunjay Sudhir and Yuva Australia.
The event coordinator and founder of ILASA Inc. Rekha Rajvanshi said, “This is the first time Hindi Diwas for youth was organized at the NSW Parliament house. We have been organizing Kavi Sammalans for adults for the past few years, but we decided to devote Hindi Diwas to youth this time. Our youngsters need to keep our languages and literature alive.”
“ We invited young South Asian budding poets to participate in this contest and showcase their talent in two categories. First was reciting self-composed poems and second was reciting their favourite Hindi poems. In the first category there were 6registrations and in the second category there were 10 registrations. Two contestants came from Canberra too. All the contestants chose meaningful poems to read and performed very well. They got $1000 worth of cash prizes.”
Consulate General India Sunjay Sudhir congratulated organizers and encouraged youth to be the part of such events.
Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka appreciated this initiative taken by the organizers and showed his support to languages. Other dignitaries who attended the function were Dr Geoffrey Lee MP Parramatta, Damien Tudehope MP Epping, Julia Finn MP Granville, and Jodi Leyanne McKay MP Strathfield attended the program.
The judging panel consisted of five Hindi scholars and poets Dr. Peter Friedlander- senior lecturer ANU Canberra, renowned Hindi Urdu poets Ashraf Shad, Abbas Raza Alvi, Dr Prabhat Sinha and Dr Shailja Chaturvedi.
Manish Kumar Rasik was declared the winner in self-composed poems. He wrote a beautiful poem ‘Khamosh Mohabbat’. Akanksha Srivastava who recited ‘Ban Sako to Insan Ban jao’ won the second prize and Simran Bargoti whose recited ‘Pal Pahar Har Rat Din Sath Rahti hun Tumhare’ won the third prize. Two consolation prizes winners were 18 years old Divya Joshi, and Vishakha Nagaja, who came all the way from Canberra.
Organizers gave an extra appreciation prize to Priyanshi Saxena for her original poem.
In the second category ‘Read your favourite poems’ contestants picked popular poetry written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other renowned poets.
In the second category , Aakanksha Srivastava won the first prize, Ritika Singh got the second prize and the third prize went to Swati Bansal.
Consolation prizes were given to Vibhu Behl and Ananya Soni. Other contestants were good too, Vishakha’s poem was in pure Hindi she recited very well, Divya Upadhyay’s poem on ‘Maa’ was good too.
All the participants got certificates and medals, the winners got cash prizes, sponsored by CEO Multiconnexions (Sheba Nandkeolyar), CEO NRE Coke Arun Kumar Jagatramka , Editor Pardes Express Jugandeep Singh and CPA Harkirat Singh.
The event was successfully managed ‘A Royaale Event’. Sydney based Indian community organizations’ leaders and poetry lovers enjoyed this poetry evening.
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