Hindi Diwas celebrated by CGI Atlanta, Atlanta Hindi Association, and Dhoop Chaoon
On September 14, 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India decided that Hindi would be the official language of India. Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14 to mark this day.The Consulate General of India in Atlanta celebrated Hindi Diwas on September 16, a Friday, to better engage the Hindi-speaking community in Atlanta.
The program began with welcome note by Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni and Consul Officer Madan Kumar Ghildiyal. Sanjeev Agarwal of Atlanta Hindi Association and Sandhya Bhagat of Dhoop Chaaon Theater Group coordinated and organized the program.
A very melodious rendering of Saraswati Vandana was offered by students of Singeet Bitan Music School under the guidance of their music teacher Rikhia Saha. (Read the names of the students in the report on Khabar website.)
The students of VHPA Bal Vihar of Cobb also participated under the guidance of school coordinator Neetu Sharma as well as teachers Dhruti Nagar and Shikha Tyagi. (Read the names of the students in the report on Khabar website.)
Dhoop Chaaon brought together a Hindi satire depicting the irony of a patriarchal society and the slow transition of the society where women stand tall on the decisions they make. The entertaining presentation was brought together by Rita Kapahi, Asha Gupta, Asha sharma, Shabana Syeed, Veena Katdare, Hema Jain, Nidhi Pipal, Ritambhara Mittal, Vandana Tantia, Mohammad Shoaib, Anil Bhagat, Shilpa Agrawal, Priyanka Gupta, Aanya Rathi, AnubhutiKabra, Pankaj Sharma, Ashvini Srivastav, and Pankaj Patel as they touched different tangents and chords of Hindi literature using allegories of fables, poems, stories, and songs. The connection transcended from metaphorical to metaphysical, from social issues to eternal connection, while the audience basked in the glory of the language they love.
Shyam Bhrambhat graciously took care of the sound. The audience enjoyed a sumptuous dinner courtesy of the Consulate. Program hosts Sanjeev Agarwal and Sandhya Bhagat thanked Madan Ghildiyal, Rajib Bhattacharya, Mini Nair, and other Consulate office staff for their help and cooperation in the success of the program.
- Shilpa Agrawal
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