HUM TUM SATH SATH
Hum Tum Saath Saath Mushaira cum Kavisamelan was organized by GOPIO Australia at Epping Community Hall, Epping on Saturday, 7 November 2009 to raise funds for the victims of Tsunami in Samoa and Earthquake in Indonesia. Hon Laurie Fergusan MP, Parliamentary Secretary Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Hon Peter Primrose MLC, President of the Legislative Council of NSW and Hon Gautam Roy, Consul from Indian Consulate, Sydney spoke on this very particular occasion.
The program started with lighting of lamps. Slide show was presented to highlight the activities of GOPIO in Sydney for the last one year. Harry Walia, President GOPIO Sydney North West in his welcome speech highlighted natural calamity of tsunami in Samoa and earthquake in Indonesia. Lucky Singh, President GOPIO Sydney successfully played the role of MC. Amit Pall, GOPIO Parramatta and Jagdish Lodhia, President GOPIO Sydney South West thanked sponsors and gave away momentos to them. Abbas Raza Alvi organized poets for Mushaira cum Kavisamelan.
In the past, Hindi Kavi Sammelans and Urdu Mushairas has given us a feeling that listeners enjoy poetry in both these languages. Sometimes they describe Hindi and Urdu as sisters. However if the same poetry is provided to them in the form of a book in only one language, then there is a limitation that many readers will miss out as only a few can read both the languages (Hindi and Urdu languages).
We felt that Australia is one of the truly multi-cultural countries in the world. It has exceptional tolerance and has great interest in bringing people together on a single platform. This fact has motivated us to bring Urdu and Hindi creative poets, poetesses and artists based in Australia on a single platform. The following was also one of the objectives:
- Cultivate the unity in Australian community and all over the world
- Promotion of multiculturism
- Presentation of poetry as an experiment to bring people together Feeling of togetherness
- Bring different languages at one platform
In the end, three dance performances by talented girls, Sheryl Khurana, Yukti Arya and Huma Wason stole the show.