BY SHILPA AGRAWAL
Atlanta, GA: The quaint Saturday of April 13, 2019 got logged in the memories of local Atlantan literati as an incredibly special poetic treat. In Berkmar High School, Lilburn GA, we saw a crowd of hundreds chose to spend their evening seeped in words and Atlanta Hasya Kavi Sammelan grew an inch taller as this mesmerizing evening unfolded. Atlanta Hindi Association under the meticulous leadership of Mr. Sanjeev Agarwal lived up to its promise of orchestrating a profound evening that was attended by around 400 people of all ages and varied walks of life. The selection of proclaimed poets Padma Shri Dr. Surendra Dubey, Shri Mahendra Ajnabi and Ms. Shabina Adeeb apprised of astute understanding of the organizers about the popular spoken word as well as their inclination to promote Ganga – Jamuni roots of our culture. This was an evening when laughter became an anecdote and audience found out what hundreds of people snapping their fingers in appreciation sounded like.
Sanjeev Agarwal initiated the event by dedicating the event to the bright memory of Late. Shri Pradeep Choubey and paid a tribute to the renowned poet of the Hasya Kavita world. Shri. Surendra Dubey acceded and said, “We lost a gem from Hasya world, so we will not stop laughing and will dedicate this evening of laughter to him.” This was followed by a beautiful rendering of Prarthana by kids of Atlanta Hindi School.
Dr. Surendra Dubey was an outstanding raconteur whose funny one-liners like “Time nahi hai” and “Saans lete rahiye” sketched the caricature of everyday hustle- bustle. Mahendra Ajnabi’s poetry regaled the audience with effortless listening and effervescent laughter. Dr. Shabina Adeeb’s poetry was the dessert of the evening as audience traversed into Alfaaz and rediscovered Sukoon as she meticulously unfolded her word-craft. All three poets received standing ovation from the audience while reverberating the deep booming laughter which became the creed of all those present in that event hall.
A varied choice of comestibles aka snacks were served along with beverages to keep the audience well fed and energetic to survive the laughter tsunami they were going to encounter. To ensure that the audience enjoy the show without having to worry about their kids, a plethora of activities including magic show, art workshop, games, music etc. were arranged by the Hindi Association volunteers and it was difficult to assess whether it was the parents or the kids that enjoyed more during this annual laughter celebration.
This year Atanta Hindi Association recognized Kaushal Tripathi for his outstanding contribution towards socio-economic causes and being a pioneer in representing the true fabric of Indian values. The event saw the presence of Consul Shailesh Lakhtakia from the office of Consulate General of India in Atlanta, Rick Desai (Vice Chair Georgia Equal Opportunity Commission), Nate Natesan (Founder, Swachcha Devalya), Kailash and Nisha Khandelwal from Atlanta Dunia, Jyotsna Hegde from NRI Pulse and Anjali Chhabaria from TV Asia.
An army of dynamic volunteers supported the Hasya Kavi Sammelan with their incessant efforts to make it successful. These spirited volunteers included Amit and Ruchi Chaurasia, Amit and Arrika Agarwal, Manu and Mansi Agarwal, Nishant and Richa Kansal, Sidharth and Saloni Agarwal, Alok Agarwal, Pradeep and Parul Gupta, Vishal and Nidhi Agarwal, Rajesh and Meera Agarwal, Sachidanand Shukla, Shweta Dubey, Manish and Richa Sinha, Pankaj Sharma, Karan Garg, Gaurav Jain and Priyanka Gupta, Vineet Gupta, Shree Vohra and Prachi Vohra, Anju Gupta, Ranjan and Reena Pathania, Kavita Goel, Anand Verma, Ashwani Srivastava, Mukesh and Tanvi Garg, Mustafa Ajmeri, Om Arora, Rahul Sharma, Raahul Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Ashish and Priyanka Agarwal, Brijrani Verma, Hemant Jerath, Manjari Agarwal, Rakesh Yadav, Ram Upadhayay, Sanjeev Agarwal and Dipti Gupta.
Along with the adult volunteers there was a train of kid volunteers who chimed in to make it a memorable event. The kid volunteers included – Anagha Jaswani, Divyansh Bhatnagar, Parth Ahuja, Prisha Jhari, Sameer Jain, Sanskaar Tiwari, Sanskaar Tiwari, Sanskruti Joshi, Tanvi Singhal, Manavi Juhari, Adesh Srivastav, Ansh Kansal, Ayan Agarwal, Ishaan Agarwal, Ojal Aggarwal, Pramiti Vohra, Shreyansh Agarwal, Shivam Agarwal, Samvar Jain, Manya Agarwal, Atharv Chaurasia, Anish Agarwal, Anish Agarwal, Vihaan Goel, Vaidehi Gupta, Shivali Pathania and Pramiti Vohra.
The event was sponsored by Suvidha Groceries, 27th Investments, MyOrlandostay.com, Madras Chettinaad/Madras Mantra, Hindu center of Atlanta, Flippin Pizza, Café Bahaar, Global Mall, Peachtree Dental, EIS Technology, Ruby Beauty Parlor, GA InfoTech, Prime CPA, Anju events and Décor, Mona Singh Real Estate, India plaza, Om Arora Insurance and Tax Services, EIS Technology, Inspiration Enterprises.
The event was supported by Kansal’s Photography, Agarwal Samaj of Georgia, Shiv Mandir of Atlanta, BAJA Atlanta. The media partners of this Event are Atlanta Dunia, NRI Pulse, wownow, Khabar and TV Asia.
Atlanta Hindi Association will keep bringing the magic of spoken word to Atlanta year after year to drizzle Atlantans with the pitter- patter of poetry and humor.