Hindi, India’s national language, is widely used in the Indian diaspora in Britain. Hindi and its popularity was reflected on a three day joint celebrations by Katha- UK and Pravasi Sansar magazine….reports Rashmi Mishra
London, had never seen before, the confluence of so many popular writers and poets in Hindi. Katha-UK and Pravasi Sansar jointly organised this three-day event to mark the 10th anniversary of Pravasi Sansar, the Hindi magazine.
It started by honouring reputed Hindi writers and poets in London in the House of Commons. Honourable Mrs Mridula Sinha, a great Hindi novelist and poet herself, the present Governor of Goa presided as the chief guest for the evening. It was hosted and chaired by MP Mr Virendra Sharma.
It was well attended by many affluent Hindi writers, poets, politicians who have all achieved great heights in this field. Dignitaries on stage were Mr Kishori Lal Sharma from India, Mr Sunil Kumar from Indian High Commission, Cllr Zakia Jubairi (President – Asian community Arts), Mr Sanmukh Singh Bakshi (Kavya Dhara), Mrs Jay Verma (Kavya Rang ), Mr Rakesh Pandey (Editor- Pravasi Sansaar) . The proceedings were conducted by eminent writer Mr Tejendra Sharma. Prominent people who were honoured were Prof Dr Krishna Kumar (Gitanjali), Divya Mathur (Vatayan), Ravi Sharma (Media), Geeta Sharma (Teaching), Anupama Kumarjyoti ( Teaching and Writing), Cllr Zakia Zubairi (Hindi literature), Mrs Jay Verma, Mrs Aruna Sabbarwal, Swarn Talwaad, Mr Kailash Budhwar (Media), Mr Shyam Manohar Pandey, Mrs Toshi Amrita ( Poet – Shringaar ), Mrs Shikha Varshaney , Mr Sohan Raahi, Mr Nikhil Kaushik, Mrs Devina Rishi, Mrs Indira Anand Mrs Surekha Chopla, Dr Aruna Ajitsariya MBE , Dr Mahalakshmi Kishore among others.
Mrs Mridula Sinha, emphasised the importance of the British Parliament and congratulated the awardees. She also praised the valuable contribution of Pravasi Sansaar among the NRI community and termed it historic. Mr Virendra Sharma gave the vote of thanks. A proposal to not include any other language in Devnagari script into the 8th list of the constitution till Hindi language was officially declared as National Language was also passed.
Councillor Zakia Jubairi welcomed all the delegates and guests who had arrived from India specifically to attend the celebrations. Mr Rakesh Pandey became nostalgic when he spoke about the initial days when he had started the magazine, Pravasi Sansaar. Mr Kishori Lal Sharma also declared that the next seminar on Hindi language will be held in Toronto, Canada. Mr Sunil Kumar from Indian High Commission was full of praise for the grand scale with which the seminar was organised and expressed his happiness over the wide number of Hindi writers and poets that represented London. Also present in this celebration was Hindi and Cultural Affairs Officer Mr Tarun Kumar. Guests from Wales, Birmingham, Nottingham also came all the way to attend the event.
Celebrations continued the next day, on the 18th November at Nehru Centre. The event was marked with a discussion on the topic, ‘The state and direction of Hindi Literature’. Dr Mahalakshmi Keshari from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi presented her papers on the topic. The highlight of the evening was launching of a website for teaching Hindi by Geeta Sharma, http://hindijunctionuk.com/
The last day of the three day celebrations was marked with an evening of poetry renditions, ‘Mushaira and Kavi Goshthi’ at Harrow, Council Chamber and the chief guest of the evening was her worshipful the Mayor of Harrow and Councillor Rekha Shah. It was well attended by other dignitaries.
Thus, the three-day event buzzing with lots of Hindi related discussions, debates, sharing of poetry, novels, meeting of likeminded people with a love for Hindi, finally came to an end, with lots of memories to treasure and renewed interest to continue working in this field and promoting Hindi language.