By Ashok Kumar
It was a cold Sunday and setting was most suited for a gathering of people that could lift the ambiance. Poets from all over Sydney and neighbouring states and cities gathered at the Marion Function Centre, Harris Park to warm up the atmosphere on 6 July, 2014. And, the lighting of the lamp did physically to spread the warmth. Notable among present was Bhageshri Chakradhar, wife of famous Indian poet Padamshri Ashok Chakradhar
There’s a famous bhajan “bhooke pet bhjan na hoe Gopala.” The Sydney Sahitya Sandhya organised by Indian Literary and Arts Society of Australia (Ilasa) started with delicious entrees of Indian finger foods and quickly everybody settled down in their seats.
The poets were allotted three minutes to satisfy their poetic talents and enthral the over 80 enthusiasts. But who can reign in poets. It is said you can stop a bullet but not a poet. One after the other the poets recited their poems. Time kept on becoming shorter for others and finally the three minute order set in. And, almost all the poets could be accommodated.
Among those present in the Sahitya Sandhya were Consul General Sunjay Sudhir ji, Rekha Rajvanshi, Bageshri Chakradhar ji, Nalin Sharda ji of Melbourne branch of Ilasa, Councellor Gurdeep Singh ji, Ganeshshankar Sharma ji. Pradeep Upadhyay ji, Dave Passi ji, Kulwant Khurana, Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Raj Rajpal Sandhu, Archna Dharni,Minu Bhutani Kalra, Abha Kumar, Punam Wahan, Aruna Gupta Santosh Verma ji, Bhupinder Chhibber ji, Sonia Gandhi, Aruna Chandrala, Neena Sinha ji , Ashraf Shad ji, Riaz Shah Sydney, Dr Prabhat Sinha, Vimla Luthra ji, Shailja Chandra, Dr Shilja Chaturvedi, Santram Bajaj , Sonu Sarda, Garima Trivedi, Siddhant Nakra, Vijay Kumar Singh, Ajay Bajaj, Pravin Kumar Gupta, Gaurav Kapoor, Harmohan Walia, Manju Mittal, Rajeev Kapoor, Santokh Singh and special mention is made of the youngest poet Alankar, son of Ajoy and Sushmita Ghosh.
It was revealed that the Consul General could also nibble at Hindi poetry but paucity of time kept him from indulging in and the audience was deprived of his talent. Pradeep Upadhyaya was excellent in compering the evening and sprinkled some verses in between.
According to president of Ilasa, Rekha Rajvanshi each one of the present was great. The reaction from the poets and friends alike,” it was a wonderful venue, sumptuous food and poetry in the air, what else do we need.” The venue and meet was sponsored by Sanjay Patel Ofbjp, Australia and Patel Brothers and The Indian Telegraph.
Pradeep gave the vote of thanks and profusely applauded Rekhaji for her organising abilities.
It seemed there should be more time at hands and the mehfil or goshthi should go on and on. A movie ends after three hours and, here, people wanted more of poetry. But as they say all good things come to an end and so did this gathering of poets ended with a delicious dinner.