On the eve of Hindi Diwas, a Kavi Sammelan was organised at Seniors’ Leisure and Learning Centre, Epping by ILASA (Indian Literary and Art Society of Australia Inc.) in which poets recited their compositions in four different languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Kannada.
It was a great initiative by ILASA as this Kavi Sammelan was an attempt to celebrate the richness of the Indian languages and the compositions they are producing in an era of globalisation and exchange. The event was well attended by the poets and the general public.
Garima Trivedi and Sukhpreet Dhamun did fantastic job as MC’s. They introduced each and every poet very beautifully. Rekha Rajvanshi , head of ILASA welcomed the guests and members.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including the Consulate General of India Sunjay Sudhir and his wife Vandana Sudhir , Strathfield Councillor Raj Datta, Deputy Mayor Hornsby Gurdeep Singh , Ex-Deputy Mayor Hornsby Dilip Chopra and others .
Poets including Sonu Sarda, Beema Jaan Youssaf, Vimla Luthra, Ritu Bhamra, Swati Tiwari, Rekha Rajvanshi, Gaurav Kapoor, Ajay Bajaj, Paul Mckenzie, Harry Walia, Dr Prabhat Sinha, Kulwant Khurana, Ashraf Shad,Rajeev Kapooor, Rajpal Sandhu, Mranal Sharma, Vijay Kumar, Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Suresh Makkar, Harry Walia, Harnam Singh Sandhu, Ravi Singh, Kulwant Khurana, Pradeep Upadhyay, Dr Yadu Singh, Dave Passi participated in the sammelan.
Ajay Bajaj delivered a composition on the modern day cities, “Pattharon Ka Shahr” and sarcastically presented the changed modern society.
Gaurav Kapoor’s “Kya Kya Hai” , Rekha Rajvanshi’s “Zindagi Dhund ha”, and Vimla Luthra’s “Bachpan” were much appreciated.
Dr Harmohan Walia’s “April Fool “presented the humorous aspect of a person who doesn’t know English, his Indian wife and sister-in-law.
Dr Parbhat Sinha’s “Achchhe Din Ane Wale Hain “ drew loud applause as he poetically described the political situation in India under the new leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Harnam Singh Sandhu, a poet from India, who was on a short trip to Australia also recited one of his compositions which was much appreciated.
Consulate General Sunjay Sudhir was so much involved in the Kavi Sammelan that he could not stop himself from reciting few lines of the famous poet “Fayaz Ahmed Fayaz”. Even Gurdeep Singh , Deputy Mayor Hornsby presented Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Madhushala in his own style .
Gauri’s paintings were another attraction of the program. ILASA also honoured 84 years old veteran artist Ramesh Chandra Aladkar with “Life Time Achievement Award’ for serving Community through his art works and a cash reward of $250. Ramesh is still active in his artistic life.
Nukkad Natak presented by Abha Kumar and Punam Wahan on migration was another highlight of the evening. They very beautifully presented the journey of a migrant form the day he arrives and differmt phases of his life in a new country as he settles down in a very humorous manner.
The sponsors of the event included Bhartiya Vidya hawan , Reliance Home Loans , Fintax Business Service and the event was supported by Bhartiya VIDYA Bhawan , Indian Seniors Hornsby , IABBV Hindi School and Hindu Council of Australia.
Rekha Rajvanshi thanked all the team of ILASA for their rigorous efforts in making this event a success and said that it was truly an evening devoted to Literature and Art .
She also thanked all the sponsors, media partners and especially the audience for encouraging the poets.
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