Hindi-Urdu Saanjhe Bol: a dream that came to fruition
(Left) The visionary team of Manju Tiwari and Sandhya Bhagat, who have brought their dream into its 10th successful year. (All photos: Aviram Verma)
Having a dream is a beginning, coming together to make it real is progress, bringing it to fruition and continuing it for years is success. Hindi-Urdu Saanjhe Bol, a local congregation of professional and amateur Hindi-Urdu poets from South Asia is one such success. It was started by two visionary women, Sandhya Bhagat and Manju Tiwari, who had the audacious dream of providing a platform for local Hindi-Urdu poets.
This dream came to fruition in the summer of 2007 and is in its 10th year, standing tall against all odds. The 9th annual meeting was held on the chilly evening of Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Fusion Event Hall, Norcross from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
This episode was extremely special, marked by the truckload of young talent bustling with new ideas, radiant energy, and ability to get their ideas across in the South Asian lingua franca.
The audience, a varied age group, was mesmerized by the ease with which these young poets conveyed strong messages and difficult thoughts woven into an elegant rosary of words.
Icing on the cake was the poetry of seasoned poets who had been gracefully marking their presence at this event for all these years. Their renderings had the ability to split you into laughter and also moisten your eyes. The audience soaked up the creative spirit as they listened to the live reading of the written word.
The poets reciting on this very literary evening were Alok Sharma, Ashfaq Frooquhii, Syeda Nahid, Kamlesh Chugh, Neetu Sharma, Jagdish Agrawal, Pankaj Patel, Jahangir Rathore, Ashok Goyal, Anubhuti Rathi, Brijrani Verma, Chander Gambhir, Divya Pathak, Sayeda Imrana, Darshan Kaur, Preeti Gupta, Shilpa Agrawal, Tahir Sayal, Vijay Nikore, Syed Zia Rijvi, Sanjeev Agarwal, Rukhsana Wasim, Shruti Gupta, Miqdad Husen, Pramila Dhirendra, Santosh Sharma, Pooja Sharma, and Nidhi Mishra Vagpai.
It was a treat for ears, eyes, and mind alike, and to top it off, the organizers also hosted a potluck dinner afterwards for audience and participants.
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The organizers thanked the volunteers, including Anil Bhagat, Shyam Tiwari, Vijay Tandon, Aviram Varma, and Sanjeev Agarwal who helped in photography, staging, and creating the ambience most fitted for a literary evening. The organizers recognized and thanked Dr. Nazneen Dalwai and Shamim Dalwai, who are local patrons and have supported this event by hosting it at Fusion Events Hall for several years, and last but not least, Indian Consul D. V. Singh ji for gracing the event, Mustafa Azameri ji, TV Asia, and other media.
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