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Hindi Manch - Kuch Tum Kaho, Kuch Hum Sunein

Kumkum Pareek Malik

I grew up in New Delhi with every nukkar (corner) playing loud Hindi music. It was the poetry of the words that captivated a nerd like me.  Ancient truths, timeless wisdom, and the sheer fun and drama of the human condition were made available to me with no effort on my part. Even today, it seems that no matter what my stage of life, Hindi movie music will have a song that mirrors it. 

The Sahitya Vibhag (literature section) of Hindi Manch once again presents this nasheela (intoxicating) combination of music and poetry for your entertainment and enjoyment. Kuch tum kaho, kuch hum sunein. For event details, scroll to the bottom. 

We bring you two segments, both designed to suffuse your entire being with the joy and fun that music and poetry can impart. 

Winners of the 2018 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest, judged by the esteemed Padamshri Kavita Krishnamurthi will sing poetic songs from movies. The other segment will be local poets sharing their version of life with you, through the art of stringing words into a poem that speaks to a common humanity. 

The intertwining of world-class poetry with outstanding music is a long-standing tradition in our culture. Bahadur Shah Zafar may not have anticipated how very many people would one day hum his words: Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon, immortalized by the music of S.N. Tripathi. 

Similarly, Ghalib's often difficult to understand Urdu has become accessible to every household through the many movies and the iconic TV serial on his life. How easy it has become to hum words we may not totally understand but resonate with…ye na thi humari qismat ke visal-e-yaar hota, agar aur jeete rehte, yehi intezaar hota. 

The roster of poets who have enshrined our hearts with their words is long. Many of them began their careers reciting in mushairas, and being “discovered” by a music director, a director, or just by the sheer grit they showed by going to Bombay and sleeping on footpaths till someone, anyone, gave them a break. Here are just a few of them: 

Jan Nisar Akhtar, Kaifi Azmi, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Gulzar, and my personal favorite…Neeraj. 

I reserve a special place in my heart for Faiz Ahmed Faiz. This was a poet who wrote for inquilab (revolution).  He was jailed in Pakistan for this transgression, but continued writing poetry that would go on to sear the souls of millions. Noorjehan immortalized Mujhse pehli si mohabbat mere mehboob na maang: these are words that mourn the loss of innocent passion as we absorb injustice and suffering in society. 

Hindi Manch has become a brand name today for the most well attended and sold out programs in our community. From the khwab (dream) of one person, today it has come to represent the taabeer (interpretation of a dream) of an entire Hindi loving community. We are honored to bring a khabeeda (dreamy) evening featuring music and poetry, Hindi Manch style. 

Kuch tum kaho, kuch hum sunein: We look forward to welcoming you! 

Do share the information with others and do not miss because, as our local poet  Kailash “Mahir” says, 

तुम जो आओगे तो मौसम दूसरा हो जाएगा, 

लू का झोंका भी चलेगा तो सबा हो  जाएगा

If you come, the weather will become different
Even a gust of hot wind will be like the cool morning breeze.


Date: Sunday July 28, 2019

Time: 4 to 7.30  pm, with dinner break

Venue: Lexington Elks, 959 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02429 

For tickets or more information visit;


or call 603-759-0377, 781-888-0559, 617-620-1804

Tickets: Non members-$25, $20: members-$15,$10

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