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Local and regional Hindi-Urdu poets shine in annual event

February 2016
Local and regional Hindi-Urdu poets shine in annual event


Sandhya Bhagat and Manju Tiwari, organizers of Hindi-Urdu Sanjhe Bol.

The not-so-wintry Sunday evening of December 20, 2016 was enjoyed at Fusion Event Hall in Norcross by local literati who appreciate and have ears to admire Hindi-Urdu poetry. The annual Hindi-Urdu Sanjhe Bol returned with full flavors and a strong message to keep the South Asian community of Atlanta bound together by the sweet ties of the lingua franca, fabricated with threads of Hindi and Urdu woven together.

Mrs. Sandhya Bhagat and Mrs. Manju Tiwari take the initiative every year to strengthen the bonds between Hindi- and Urdu-speaking communities of the area. Hindi Urdu Sanjhe bol has been nurtured since 2007 by these two passionate women, supported by their equally dedicated team of volunteers and patrons.




The program began at 4pm with a beautiful slideshow arranged by Kartikay Bhagat, comprised of memories from shows since 2007. Mr. Shyam Tiwari then formally began the program, and Mrs. Bhagat and Mrs. Tiwari introduced the poets. The evening echoed with heartwarming poetry and rounds of applause. Local poets as well as some who traveled from neighboring states filled the evening with the power of their words that had the ability to bring tears or raise a riot of laughter. The poets were Aslam Pervez, Kush Kumar, Tahir Syal, Shilpa Agrawal, Om P. Arora, Kusum Sinha, Madhur Gupta, Brijrani Verma, Anton Shim, Shree Vora, Manju Tiwari, Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, Iqbal Sharif, Ashfaq Farooqui, Ujjagar Singh Wassan, Syed Zia Rizvi, Nidhi Pipal, Sayada Imrana and Sayada Nahid.




In the midst of poetry recitation, a new twist was added to the program this year as a video on the relationship and origin of Hindi and Urdu was shown, followed by a discussion in which audience and poets shared their thoughts, bringing out interesting facts and personal experiences. Although the relationship can be objectively demonstrated by reference to shared grammatical structures or to etymologically shared vocabulary, there is more to it than the bones of grammar and vocabulary: the two languages live as the creations of human societies and as the instruments of their cultures.

Thanks went to volunteers Anil Bhagat, Shyam Tiwari, Vijay Tandan, Ankit Tiwari, Gandharv Bhagat, Nihit Tiwari, Aviram Varma, Sanjeev Agarwal, Veena Kathdare, and Edward Gibson; to TV Asia; to Mr. Udaiveer Singh for his generous contributions and support; and to Dr. Nazneen Dalwai and Shamim Dalwai for providing the perfect venue of Fusion Event Hall.


Posted 1/29/16.

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