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Saanjhe bolon ke saanjhe shaam: Hindi-Urdu Poetry recital

By: Shilpa Agrawal
February 2011
Saanjhe bolon ke saanjhe shaam: Hindi-Urdu Poetry recital The fourth annual Hindi-Urdu Poetry event of Atlanta, known as “Saanjhe Bol,” was held in Emory University’s White Hall on December 11, 2010. Around 100 people from the Urdu and Hindi speaking diaspora enjoyed an evening filled with flavors of their mixed culture.

Mr. Aslam Parvez, welcoming the guests and audience, said that it is a blessing to be a part of a bilingual (Urdu and Hindi) poetry recitation session. He talked about the affinities between Hindi and Urdu languages and the role of both languages in promoting the Ganga-Jamuni culture.

Sandhya Bhagat and Manju Tiwari, the hard working faces behind the event, who have successfully organized it year after year, did something new by searching out hidden young talent, bringing young faces like Eurm Alvi (a college student) and Brittney Cody ( an American student learning Hindi from Sandhya Bhagat) in front of the audience.

Poetry came in all flavors, with couplets from serious to hilarious, even some rendered with deadpan expressions. Poets were Vijay Nikor, Nawal Parwal, Tahir Sayal, Pramila Sharma, Narendra Kumar Govil, Shilpa Agrawal, Bhairavi Chhibber Nadgode,Tripta Sharma, Mehzbeen Rozaay, Dr. Naresh Vaachaspati, Nishi Sharma, Kiran Sinha, Tej Khurana, Lal Chand, Manju Tiwari and Sandhya Bhagat.

A small skit was presented, its romantic and flirtatious characters (an Urdu poet played by Tahir Sayal and a beautiful interviewer played by Kamlesh Chugh) prompting the audience to peals of laughter. Tea and snacks were arranged by Nafees Parvez and Shyam Tiwari.

Thanks for dedicated efforts and support go to Anil Bhagat, Kartikay Bhagat, Tilak Sharma, Kush Kumar, Vijay Tandon, Chinty Bali, Manjeet Bedi, Gandharv Bhagat, Samad Rozaay and many others along with local entrepreneurs like Shiv Agarwal, Indian magazines, grocery stores and publications who helped technically, operationally, financially or in publicizing the event, and to Emory University for providing its facilities for local cultural events like this.

The two languages, so different when written but so alike when spoken, were celebrated with great enjoyment. To participate or make suggestions, please contact Sandhya Bhagat 770-680-1770 or Manju Tiwari 770-162-2661.

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