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ICC and IHA host 9th Annual Hasya Kavi Sammellan


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by Shobana Muratee
HOUSTON – Language is a vital part of culture and heritage which is why the International Hindi Association/Samiti (IHA) aims to preserve and promote India’s linguistic interests related to Hindi language globally. The Hasya Kavi Sammellan, an annual event, collaborated jointly by India Culture Center (ICC) and IHA held its 9th annual show on Sunday April 24 here at the India House.

The stars of the event were poets from India and US: Ashkaran Atal, Mumbai, Surya Kumar Pandey, Lucknow, Ramesh Sharma, Chittorgarh and Archana Panda from Bay Area California. Each artists presented their work in the variety of Hasya, Vyang, Shringar, Bhav ras poetry, non-stop for almost three and half hours. Every spring time IHA conducts Kavi Sammellans all across the country. In eight weeks, the three Indian poets will be covering 22 cities. Houston was the 5th city and the event was hugely successful.

Swapan Dhairyawan, President of International Hindi Samiti seen receiving IHA - ICC award from Acharya Gaurang Nanavati of Chinmaya Mission of Houston. Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni.

Swapan Dhairyawan, President of International Hindi Samiti seen receiving IHA – ICC award from Acharya Gaurang Nanavati of Chinmaya Mission of Houston. Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni.

Starting with the social hour that began at 4pm with snacks and chai catered by Madras Pavillion, the formal program began at 4:45 PM with welcome by ICC president Rajiv Bhavsar and IHA Houston chapter president Dr. KD Upadhyaya. Lighting of the auspicious lamp was done by Mrs. Suman Uppal and Mrs. Saroj Upadhyaya.

Audience in laughter at the Kavi Samellan. Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni

Audience in laughter at the Kavi Samellan. Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni

Local Hindi poets (kavis) who are associated with IHA program were felicitated on the occasion. A surprise IHA – ICC combined award Hindi Kary Vistaar was given to Swapan Dhairyawan in recognition of his long years of community work. Dhairyawan has been instrumental in expanding the organizations scope and reaching out and connecting to non-Hindi speaking people, “So that the work of prachar and prasar happens with all,” he expressed. His dedication has led him to be selected as the National IHA President for 2 year term which being significant since it is the first time that a non- Hindi mother tongue person has been selected for this position in the 36 years history of this association.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Upadhyaya stressed the role of Hindi and the outreach necessary in our community. He emphasized the slogan of taking sabko saath in the Kary of Hindi.

Board Members of ICC and IHA with artists and supporters. of Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni

Board Members of ICC and IHA with artists and supporters. of Photo credit: Rishikesh Sohoni

ICC President, Rajiv Bhavsar emphasized the role of the strong IHA ICC team which has worked so very cohesively and as nonprofits have always given back to the community in which we serve.

Sangeeta Pasrija, Trustee of IHA and ICC introduced all the poets in her chaste Hindi.

The vote of thanks was delivered by ICC Secretary Saundarya Sohoni and IHA Jt Secretary Mahesh Derashri. The sponsors for the event were… Madras Pavillion, Deep Foods, Discount Power, Wallis State Bank, MD & Associates LLP, Paradise Gifts, Dr Ashima and Anand Chauhan, Sarita Singhal, Parul Fernandes, Keka Kar, Pallavi Dhairyawan, Saroj Upadhyaya, Deepty Patel and Bela Bhavsar.

With inputs from Swapan Dhairyawan


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