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World Hindi Day celebrated with grand variety of arts

By Shilpa Aggarwal
March 2019
World Hindi Day celebrated with grand variety of arts

The Consulate General of India in collaboration with the Hindi drama group Dhoop Chaoon celebrated the 4th Vishwa Hindi Diwas (World Hindi Day) in Atlanta at Ashiana Banquet Hall, Norcross, Georgia on Friday, January 11, 2019. The day is celebrated each year to mark the anniversary of the World Hindi Conference first held in Nagpur, India on January 10, 1975.

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It was heartwarming to see young kids born here in the United States connected to their lingual roots, and to see people from all age groups and speakers of different dialects coming together for Hindi, the mother tongue of many of us and the language that connects the Hindi speaking diaspora.

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Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consuls L. T. Ngaihte, Shailesh Lakhtakia, and Asim Kumar, along with Bikash Kumar lit the lamp to initiate the program.

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The organizers presented a drama to pay a tribute to Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was a Hindi poet and well-known promoter of the Hindi language on world platforms. Kaushal Tripathi, Sanjeev Agarwal, Rakesh Lunawat, and Dheeraj Lunawat played the role of the former Prime Minister in the different stages of his life. The Consul General also paid floral homage to PM Vajpayee.

Ayana Viz, Kian Viz, Vedant Garg, and Aanya Rathi asked fun Hindi riddles. Ishaan Agarwal, Rakesh Tripathi, Priyanka Jain, and Tvisha Lunavat recited Hindi poetry with sheer brilliance. Dhiraj Lunavat mesmerized the audience with his perfect diction in reciting Kabir and Rahim ke dohe. Akshay recited Sanskrit shlokas.

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Since art and music play important roles in elevating a language, a beautiful dance and music program was presented: a Garhwali dance, Bhojpuri dance, Punjabi dance, and Rasleela were performed by Chaturvedi, Rashmi Bisht Kukudala, Kanak Kurakula, Harnita Soma, Shruthi Ramchandran, Manikarnika Dasyam, Anvi Sachan, Rishita Karalukula, Tarana Malik, Asha Sharma, Hetal Mehta, Aarti Jain, Pooja Jadhav, and Surbhi Jain.

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Hans bhee na do dadi” was a beautiful comedy drama, written and directed by Sandhya Saxena Bhagat and performed by Dhoop Chaoon Hindi Theater Group, with Asha Sharma, Veena Katdare, Premanand Goswami, Shree Vohra, Rakesh Tripathi, Ashish Kapoor, Priyanka Agrawal, Aanya Rathi, Anshika Shukla, and Rita Kapahi.

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The Consul General also launched a book of Hindi poems written by Bikash Kumar, an official of the Consulate.

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Lee Browning presented a song, and Anubhuti told the story “Topiwala aur bandar.” Consul Asim Kumar, Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, and Seema Garg perfectly coordinated the program as emcees.

Consul Shailesh Lakhtakia wrapped up the evening with a vote of thanks to all from the more than 200 attendees.

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Website Bonus Feature

By TV Asia:

Dadi play, "Dadi ka Twist" (written by Sandhya Saxena Bhagat):

Vishwa Hindi Divas by Consulate General of India, Atlanta @Ashiana Banquet Global . Kitab "Pratibha ka Bikas" ka anawarad.
(Official inauguration of the book Pratibha ka Bikas written by Bikash Pratibha Kumar Saurendra)

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Photo Gallery:
"Consul General also paid floral homage to Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and delivered her opening remarks. On this ‘Vishwa Hindi Diwas’ Consul General also launched a book on Hindi Poem written by Bikash Kumar, an Official Of the Consulate. A story on the life of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji was demonstrated, India in USA (Embassy of India, Washington DC),Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India"
https://www.facebook.com/ConsulateGeneralofIndiaAtlantaUSA/photos/pcb.2187333938000520/2187333318000582/?type=3&theater 21 photos, on January 12, 2019 post at https://www.facebook.com/ConsulateGeneralofIndiaAtlantaUSA/

Dhoop Chaoon theatre group

Thanks to Anil K. Bhagat for his backstage help.
Special thanks to TV Asia and other media for their support.

[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for March 2019, not in the print/digital issues.]


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