Rekha Rajvanshi’s Ghazal book –‘Mutthi Bhar Chandni’ released

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‘Mutthi Bhar Chandni,  a bilingual poetry book  by Rekha Rajvanshi was launched at Epping Leisure and learning centre on July 23 in presence of  more than hundred artists , singers and poetry lovers of Sydney.

The Consul General of Sydney, Vanlalvawna, and Jodi McKay, MP Strathfield officially launched the book with 51 ghazals.

The Consul General praised Rekha’s efforts in promoting Hindi Education and Hindi Literature in Australia, reflecting on her poetry as a true representation of the migrant experience in a new country, and how they feel about their homeland.

MP Jodi McKay congratulated Rekha for her book release, and spoke about how Australia’s multicultural history is enriched by this kind of work. She announced that a copy of this book would be entered into the State Library of NSW.

The event was supported by Sydney Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, IABBV Hindi School, Indian Seniors Hornsby,  AHIA, FIAN, ILASA Inc and ASAF.

Abbas Raza Alvi  a well-known  poet and personality of Sydney was the MC for the event .

After the book release, Kakoli Mukherjee sang a prayer song written by Rekha, followed by speeches given by Dave Passi, Mala Mehta, Dr Yadu Singh and Aashish Gholkar, who were invited to say a few words about Rekha’s work in the community.

Rekha was also invited on stage to recite her poetry, and recited a ghazal, ‘chand rota raha na jane kyon’.

Some of her ghazals were also sung by the local singers including Aparna Nagsyayana, a Hindi classical music guru and singer who sang ‘zindagi itni bhi aasan nahi’, Lalit Mehra sang a romantic ghazal ‘teri meri yadon ke khat nikle hain almari se’, Suhas Mahajan sang chandni Rat zaroori to nahi, ye mulaqat zaroori to nahi and Vinod Rajput sang, ‘Kabhi behad satata hai’.

Speaking on the occasion Rekha said, “I am really honoured that the Sydney’s talented singers have liked and composed music on many ghazals I wrote and posted on facebook from to time. This is, in fact a true reward for your efforts.”

Rekha has also translated Aboriginal Dreamtime stories from English into Hindi and won National AUSIT Excellence Award in translation and now she is working on a Hindi fiction book.


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