An admirer fulfilled his desire to celebrate the birth anniversary of his idol along with a full house of followers must be a dream come true for him. Neeraj Verma, the admirer wished to celebrate the birth anniversary of the noted poet and father of super star Amitabh Bachchan, the late Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan for the last two years but could not formalise due to lack of support.
But his smile became broader when he came in contact with Mrs. Rekha Rajvanshi, a poet herself and who heads the Indian Literary and Arts Society of Australia. Rekha made this young man realise his dreams with the help of Hornsbyshire Seniors Association by organising an afternoonto celebrate 107th birth anniversayof Dr. Bachchan at the Epping Learning and Leisure Centre on 17th November last. The local poets Ritu Bhamra, Rajpal Sandhu, Sonu Sarda, Sukhpreet Dhamun, Anil Verma, Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Anu Shivaram, Garima Trivedi recited Dr Bachchan’s poetry, with Rekha sprinkling in the anecdotes from the life of Dr. Bachchan.
Vinod Rajput prominent Sydney singer started the Kavi Sammelan with one of Bachchan’s song “Rang barse…” and Meena Mohanty sang ‘Neela Asman so Gaya’ sung by Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Silsila’. Neeraj Verma, a local film producer, filmed this celebration as part of his feature film. The love for Dr. Bachchan was so great that the Epping Learning and Leisure Centre hall was jam packed.
Hornsby Shire Seniors Association personalities, Dave Passi, Dilip Chopra and Ex- Consul General of India in Sydney Mr. Vijay Kumar also spoke of their experiences about Dr. Bachchan. Anu Shivram though being a South Indian recited in Hindi with clear diction.
Neeraj also filmed the entire function to be shown to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.