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Hindi Manch Rashtriya Mahotsav: A Voice To The Undiscovered Poets Of US

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Sahitya Vibhag, Hindi Manch’s central body for literary dialogue, publication and promotion of Hindi, Urdu and related dialects like Awadhi, Brijbhasha, Bhojpuri, Khadiboli, Bundelkhandi etc will be inaugurating the three day Hindi Manch Rashtriya Mahotsav (HMRM) on Nov 30th featuring local poets in Boston, MA.

In what is set to be a pioneering event, Hindi Manch’s Sahitya Vibhag will be organizing the country’s first poetry event that will provide a platform for undiscovered but promising US based talent. Deepti Naval, renowned actress and poetess and Aalok Shrivastav, well-known Hindi poet from India, will grace the poetry event.

Hindi Manch’s President, Preetesh Shrivastava extremely excited and proud of this flagship effort, stated “Sahitya Vibhaag has hosted several Sahithyik Goshthis and organized Hindi Sahitya Sammelan annually in the past featuring Boston talent. What makes this year unique is that we are inviting entries from all over the US and we will fly selected poets to Boston. Our aim is to not just promote but recognize and foster both established and budding poets within the US. I take pride that HMRM will provide voice to local talent and create synergies for future collaborations.”

Sahitya Vibhaag is inviting entries from  all over the US for the Sahitya Sammelan Poetry Recital. The recital should be original work of the poet but the format can be a Kavita, Geet, Ghazal or Nazm in Hindi or Urdu. All genres including satire and humor are welcome.

Talking about the application and selection process, Maneesh Srivastava, Chair of Sahitya Sammelan explained,” A selection panel of renowned poets in India will be evaluating all the entries and select nine poets of their choice that will get once in a lifetime opportunity to recite their poetry along side Deepti ji and Aalok ji.

We have asked for entries to be submitted through Hindi Manch website www.hindimanch.org or email - sahitya@hindimanch.org in Devanagari script in a pdf format stating Name, Age, City and State of residence. A Video clip (approx 2 minutes) of the same must be sent along with the pdf. Alternatively, a web link (YouTube etc.) of the recital can also be shared. All entries will be masked when sent for review to the panel, so please refrain from mentioning your names in the video.

We are also inviting entries to be featured in Hindi Manch Rashtriya Mahotsav Patrika under the following categories:

Category 1 – Kavita Category

Category 2 – Laghu Katha (short Stories)

Age groups for both the categories are: (1) Up to 10, (2) 10 – 18 and  (3) 18+

Adding on, Preetesh said, “Our organization promotes and appreciates freedom of expression but we encourage poets to refrain from using any content that may hurt political or religious sentiments of people.”

The organization’s focus is to identify the literary talent in US and encourage budding litterateurs in quest to make the language relevant to the younger demographic and reflect India’s evolving literary focus.

Hindi Manch invites you to join the event to feel, see and hear an India that is on the move, which is changing and inventing new imagination, which is accommodative and inclusive, which lives and celebrates plurality through Poetry.

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