Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Poetry session: A report (March 22nd)

On Mar 22nd, we had a get together to appreciate and enjoy Hindi literature.

- Manish rendered Gurdas Mann’s loveable ode to the days gone by and the decadence of the present
- Shivam gave a fresh outlook on life through – Do chaar din kii guftagu
- Rukmini recited few of her heartfelt ghazals. Later, on CD, we heard the same ghazals sung by Anup Jalota.
- Sanjeev read his poem on Kashmir. This poem is also available on a CD, music by Sanjeev himself.
- Subhash read Shail Chaturvedi’s poem and soulfully rendered my parodies – na kisii ke BLOG par LINKED huu.N; and “aa lauT ke aajaa NRI
- Soumya beautifully sang Sahir’s ghazal – Dekha hai zindagi ko; and the evergreen song - Abhi Na jaao chho.D kar
- Shakun presented Neeraj’s immortal poem - ab to majahab koi
- Govind read his own poem and presented Mahendra Ajnabi’s poem Chaar bhoot
- Farah presented beautiful shers from the works of Bashir Badr
- Rita recited a beautiful nazm “Qaidi #786” from Veer-Zaara
- Manju read Kaka Hathrasi’s hilarious poetry – “rail me.n saa.np”
- Jay gave great renditions of raag malkauns and raag malhar
- Abhinav read a funny parody, a poem on the fallouts of success, and sang a beautiful and hummable song “zindagii ek aam kaa pe.D hai”
- I read following poems
1. Maatra maatraa kaa antar
2. Kalank
3. mrigatrishNaa
4. mahal ek ret kaa
5. mahatv sudaamaa hone kaa
6. manaao Holi, manaao St. Patrick’s Day
- Program ended with a lively antaakSharii

Next session is on April 26th and I expect the same local artists (Abhinav, Shivam, Sanjeev, Govind, Rukmini, Jay, Soumya, Subhash) to attend, in addition to other local talent such as Chandana Dixit, Vikas Gupta, Santosh Pal, and Pushpa Saxena.

This report and the details for the next session can also be accessed online and on-demand.

Best regards
A picture may be worth a thousand words. But mere words can inspire millions.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Next Session on March 22nd

Admission: FREE
Event Date/Time: Saturday, March 22nd:, 4pm
Host: Rahul Upadhyaya (upadhyaya@yahoo.com)
Address: 20641 NE 30Th CT, Sammamish, WA 98074
Phone: 425-898-9325 Home 425-445-0827 Cell

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Dear All

You are cordially invited to the next session of this monthly series where local Hindi (and Urdu and sister dialects such as Brij, Avadhi etc.) enthusiasts gather to read either their own writing or a work of literature from their favorite author/poet. It is a cozy family atmosphere where every family member is welcome – from kids to grandparents. To bring food for potluck is optional. There is plenty of food to feed everyone.

See report of the session held on Feb 23rd at the end of this message.

4pm – 5pm: Arrival/Introductions
5pm-7pm: Kavi Sammelan
7pm-9pm: Potluck dinner
9pm- ?: Kavi Sammelan/Gaana-bajaana?

Anyone and everyone is welcome, who is interested in reading, writing or just plain listening to Hindi literature.

here are some of my poems on topics such as:
1. US Elections
2. Crowd Pleasers
3. NRI
4. Digital Age
5. Hinglish
6. Relationships
7. Fun
8. Riddles
9. Intense

.. and others.

Best regards
A picture may be worth a thousand words. But mere words can inspire millions.

Report of last session:

On Feb 23rd, we had a get together to appreciate and enjoy Hindi literature.

- Rita read sher-o-shaayari from “Hum Aap ke hai.n kaun” and a beautiful nazm “Qaidi #786” from Veer-Zaara
- Manju read Kaka Hatharasi’s hilarious poetry – Top kaa license, Bu.Dhaape kaa ishq, and Chamachaa
- Manju also read Nida Fazli’s ghazals
- Soumya sang Nida Fazli’s ghazal “kabhii kisii ko muqammal” (I read the parody).
- Sanjeev Sharma read two of his touching poems. And then he presented them as songs that were composed and directed by him and sung by his wife, Chandrika Dixit, a Bollywood singer
- Vikas Gupta read his own poems as well as a hilarious Haryanvi poem, Dhanno, written by Mukesh Ashq
- Santosh Kumar Pal read (sang) his poem on Krishna and Sudama and then sang some chhands by Rasakhan
- I read following five poems:
1. Sanskriti
2. Taraqqi ki side-effects
3. 24/7
4. Amar Prem
5. Irony aur viDambana