Atlanta Hindi Association hosts Padma Shri Dr. Sunil Jogi
Impact Conference Center in Atlanta’s famous Global Mall echoed with laughter and applause on Friday, June 10 as Padma Shri poet Dr. Sunil Jogi enthralled and entertained an audience of over 300 Hindi literature, laughter, and poetry lovers from Atlanta and surrounding areas. The event was organized by the Atlanta Hindi Association (AHA) in collaboration with the Consulate General of India, Atlanta, under the leadership of Sanjeev Agarwal to celebrate “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” and commemorate 75 years of India’s independence—an initiative by the Government of India.
Year after year, AHA has been successfully bringing such fun-filled laughter evenings in their perfectly organized “Hasya Kavi Sammelan”. This year, when the much-awaited event came back to Atlanta after a pause due to the pandemic, Atlanta’s poetry and laughter-loving audience were in for an audio-visual treat sensitizing their laughter genes.
The program started with traditional lamp lighting by Dr. Sunil Jogi and Devender Singh, Consul from the office of the Consulate General of India, Atlanta. A mesmerizing prayer offering to Saraswati Maa was rendered by the students of Rikhia Saha of Sangeet Bitan Music School.
Dr. Jogi’s unique brand of droll self-mockery, pun, satire, and other forms of humor picking up on the idiosyncrasies of politics, media, social media, and subtle funny nuances of everyday elements hit close to the laughter-longing audience. His political jibes were accurately curated to have the audience in stitches. His patriotic song Dunia Mein Sabse Achchhe Hindustani took the listeners back to Hindustan and filled them with pride. It reinstated the feeling that a Hindustani heart stays Hindustani and continues to beat for its motherland.
All the net proceeds from this event were donated to two nonprofit organizations: Inspiring Together and Ekal Foundation U.S.A. Inspiring Together is led by youth serving foster and under-privileged children in Atlanta. Ekal Foundation works towards wholistic development of rural India. Preeti Tanwar from Ekal; and Siddhi Nadkarni, Rohit Dandavate, and Ayan Agarwal from Inspiring Together reflected and provided information on their causes.
A relishing dinner was served to all in attendance for the event. The event was successful because of the many young and adult volunteers who ensured that all elements of a successful community event came together to make the evening a memorable one.
AHA is grateful to its youth volunteers: Prachi, Tanvi, Prisha, Ayan, Ishaan, Isha, Shivam, Anish, Kunal, Maanya, Parth, Ojal, Praniti, Ovan, Sameer, Rohit, Sanchay, Sammvar, Arnav, and Arita; and adult volunteers: Rajesh and Meera Agarwal, Amit Chaurasia, Premal and Jinal Shah, Alok and Shilpa Agarwal, Priya and Pratosh Jhari, Pankaj Sharma, Vineet and Neha Gupta, Krishan Goyal, Mustafa Ajmeri, Vishal Sharma, Abhishek and Neha Gupta, Preeti Tanwar, Shree Vohra, Gaurav and Priyanka Jain, Amit Jaipaul, Sapna Dalmia, Pradeep Gupta, Dipti and Sanjeev Agarwal for their collaboration and selfless effort.
The event was sponsored and supported by Global Mall, 27th Investments, Om Arora (Tax & Insurance), Ashiana Banquet, S&N Team (Real Estate), Sovi Salon, MyOrlandoStay.com, Agarwal Friends of Georgia, Friends from Bihar and Jharkhand, Friends from Rajasthan, and Hindi-speaking friends of Georgia.
AHA’s “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” witnessed a crowd of hundreds who chose to spend their Friday evening seeped in words while being inspired, enjoying, and creating memories.
- Shilpa Agarwal
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