Holi celebrated by ILASA had humour laced at places with serious poetry by local poets


Indian Literary and Art Society of Australia (ILASA) Inc celebrated Holi in their artistic style on March 11th this year.

As the saying goes ”˜Bura Na Mano Holi hai’ (do not mind it is Holi), Holi is the festival of friendship and love. Many Kavi Sammelans are organized in India around Holi where poets recite poetry based on satire and humour.

The afternoon was a treat to Sydney’s poetry, art and music lovers which had poetry of fun, humour but also based on topics on old age, patriotism, terrorism, war and socially connected internet.

ILASA followed the tradition of having a Hasya Kavi Sammelan around Holi this year as well. Fourteen poets of Sydney along with other artists gathered at Epping Leisure and Learning Centre and celebrated Holi.

Local Singer Shobha Ingleshwar recited Mantra at the beginning of the program. Fourteen poets of Sydney included Vipul Goyal, Iqtedar Abdi, Rajeev Kapoor, Ajoy Ghosh, Harpreet Singh, Neena Badhwar, Usha Sharma, and Jyotsana Talwar from Canberra, their poems enjoyed by the audience. Their poetry was laced with humour, satire, love, separation, reality and migrant experiences. Poets Anil Verma, Rekha Rajvanshi and Vijay Kumar won everybody’s hearts with long-winded rhythmic poems.  Rajeev Kumar, Dr Prabhat Sinha, Dr Shailja Chaturvedi’s poems carried a social message. Hindi lover Dr Yadu Singh recited famous poet Ashok Chakradhar’s poem.   The Sydney poets Rekha Rajvanshi and Pradeep Upadhyay compered the program in their unique, humorous style.

Two dance items – Holi dances by Anandita’s Dance group and dances on old film songs by   Jyoti Dixit entertained audience. Neena Sinha sang a Holi folk song ”˜Holiya Me Ude Re Gulal’ with Vinod Rajput. Popular singers Shobha and Kedar sang Ye Jawani Hai Deewani Holi song -itna maza kyon aa raha hai – Balam Pichkari to delight the audience.

The program was supported by Reliance Financial Solutions and RHAM Transport. Rekha Rajvanshi of ILASA announced that the money raised through this program would be used for publishing Australian Hindi poets’ next anthology. ILASA once again brought people together to appreciate poetry that cuts across all borders of age and class.





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