UP Association’s Annual Hasya Kavi Sammelan with geet and gazal a great success

UP Association’s Annual Hasya Kavi Sammelan with geet and gazal a great success

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Uttar Pradesh Association of Greater Chicago (UPA) held its annual Hindi
 Hasya Kavi Sammelan on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Ashiyana banquet hall in
 Downers Grove, Illinois

The Sammelan was a huge success with over 400 plus guests attending the program from all over Chicagoland and neighboring areas.

This is a signature event of UP 
Association which is organized every year in close collaboration with 
International Hindi Association (IHA). UPA is the only organization that
 organizes this very popular Kavi Sammelan every year and brings 
acclaimed poets from India to promote and celebrate richness of our motherland language through kavi sammelan.

Three famous poets, Mr. Sarvesh Asthana, Mr. Gaurav Sharma and Dr. Sonroopa Vishal, currently on tour of Unites States and Canada,
 entertained audience with hasya, vyang and geet. The Kavis’ were a 
perfect combination- where Mr. Asthana’s comic poetry and Sharma’s two 
liner comic poetry kept the audience roaring in laughter, at the same 
time, Dr. Vishal’s geet and Gazals mesmerized the audience with her 
melodious voice. The performances by three poets were outstanding and 
the hall echoed with loud laughter and clapping with great hasya and 
satire poems presented by Mr. Ashthana and Mr. Sharma. Dr. Vishal’s 
geet/gazals on love and family relationship and importance of women in 
shaping our society filled our hearts with pride and she received 
standing ovation. Overall, combinations of three poets was well 
appreciated by the audience. Mr. Asthana presided over the kavi sammelan
 with his unique and impressive style of poetry presentation.

The Sammelan started with welcome 
remarks by Dr. Subhash Pandey, who is Chairman for the Board of Trustees
 of the Association. He said that we are pleased to have three honorable
 poets from India and he emphasized that poets with his or her power of 
writing contribute greatly to shape our culture and heritage. He 
highlighted the Association’s history and accomplishments to the 
audience and thanked them for constant support. Dr. Pandey said that UP 
Association since its inception has engaged in promoting Hindi by 
organizing the several successful Kavi Sammelan. He then introduced 
poets one by one and highlighted the accomplishments of each poets and 
their popularity in India. He also highlighted many recent 
accomplishments, thanked immediate past president of UPA, Mr. Vivek 
Varma and his team for their dedication and an outstanding service. He 
then introduced and welcomed newly elected president Mrs. Taruna Gupta, 
who have been associated with UPA for last several years. Mrs. Gupta 
gave her warm welcome to guests, visiting poets and audience. She 
thanked organization for giving this opportunity to serve Indian 
community of Chicago in promoting Indian culture and most importantly UP
 state of India. Dr. Pandey also introduced and welcomed all newly 
elected members of executive committee and board of trustees. Dr. Pandey
 also invited guest of honor, Mr. OP Meena, Consul and head of chancery,
 Chicago Indian Consulate General office for his remarks on this 
occasion. Mr. Meena appreciated association’s outstanding work in 
promoting Hindi and also welcomed visiting poets from India. He also 
announced the plan of consulate for the celebration of international 
Yoga day on June 16th, 2018 at Millennium park and invited everyone to 

A view of the audience

A large number of audience attended this
 year’s Hasya Kavi Sammelan that focused on geet and gazals. 
Refreshments consisted of delicious snacks with hot tea that were served
 during the intermission by Ashiyana banquets. On behalf of UPA, Dr. 
Subhash Pandey thanked Mr. Surendra Jain, owner of Ashiyana banquets, 
for the delicious food and his support. His service was greatly 
appreciated by everyone who attended the program. Dr. Pandey also 
thanked the media personnel particularly Mr. Suresh Bodiwala, Asian 
media USA, for his superb service of the Indian community. He also 
thanked Ms. Vandana Jhingan for her service to community and covering 
the event for TV Asia and Mr. Jatinder Bedi of Hello NRI for his 
support. The Association’s outgoing President Mr. Vivek Varma thanked 
the poets, audience, committee members, board of trustees and volunteers
 to make this program a great success. The memorable night ended with 
presenting the poets with small gift of appreciation by the guest of 
honor, Mr. OP Meena and office bearers of UP association.

As quoted by Dr. Subhash Pandey, “The 
credit of grand success of Kavi Sammelan goes to the immense talent of 
Kavis’ who kept the audience glued to their chairs and engaged for four 
hours and also the hard work and dedication of the U.P Association’s 
executive Committee and board of trustees who worked tirelessly for the 


As quoted by Mrs. Taruna Gupta, “We are 
very pleased with the interest and positive feedback from audience about
 the program and the credit of success goes to all the attendees for 
coming and showing their support for our Indian Culture and love for 
Hind language”.


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