Dhoop Chaoon’s razzle-dazzle Hindi Divas with consulate of India, Atlanta
Dhoop Chaoon, an Atlanta-based Hindi theatre group, presented its 2nd Hindi Divas celebration on September 15, 2017, organized by the Indian Consulate of Atlanta. A joy and fun-filled evening was delivered, beginning with a luscious dinner.
The grand opening was Bikash Kumar’s introduction, followed by the entrance of the two gorgeous emcees Nidhi Pipal and Akanksha Rajpal. Consul D. V. Singh spoke, and then Mrs. Sandhya Bhagat, founder, described Dhoop Chaoon’s aesthetic and altruistic purposes. Mr. Shaliesh Lakhtakiya recited a story in Hindi.
Dr. Mridul Kirti, a specialist in Hindi language and literature, with her erudite expressions about Hindi language and its phonetic aspects, educated the audience immensely. Dr. Kriti talked about why Hindi is a language of the soul, and the event’s purposes of glorifying the language for a better cause.
Tiny cherubs took the stage. Anya Rathi and Dheeraj Lunawat mesmerized all of us with their Bihu dance. Lavanyaa Bhatia’s act ushered a “wow” from the crowd. Enchanting moments came with Charithra Julapally, Presha Jain, Raina Jain, and Ayana Vij’s spectacular Bollywood dance, and Poorvi Mathur’s melodious Bollywood song.
Then came a new kind of entertainment indeed. Sandhya Bhagat and Sayed Hafeez presented their invention Chai Pe Charcha - Sandhya ke sang. This funny act brought a great deal of laughter. Tarana Malik and Isha Jain set the stage on fire with their Bollywood pop dance. Alok Sharma, a budding poet, recited a beautiful poem.
The play Baap Re Baap, written by Mr. K. P. Saxena.
The main event of the day, the play Baap Re Baap, written by Mr. K. P. Saxena, was adapted and directed by Mrs. Sandhya Saxena Bhagat. Vijay Tandon, Mohammad, Shree Vora, Sarfraz Khan, Moiez Hussain, Satish Dhramrajan, Shobha Shivam, and Nidhi Mishra Vajpayee were the fabulous actors. Two generations and their dilemmas, conflicts, and ultimate reunion are portrayed through rich dialogues, spectacular performances, stage setting, and superb direction. Anil Kanwal Bhagat and Aloke Sharma maintained the background music; Abhinav Deharia and Ekta Jain were responsible for the stage setting.
Awards were presented by Consul D. V. Singh and Mrs. Bhagat. Bikash Kumar thanked all, and the audience left full of happiness. Thanks to Anjali Chabria from TV Asia; Puneet Bhatnagar, Ekta Nirula Sethi, and Tracy Marshall for photography; and Gujarati Samaj for the venue.
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