The vibrant celebration of World Hindi Day was held at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne, organised by prominent cultural organisations Sahitya Sandhya, Hindi Siksha Sangh and Hindi Niketan. The event was a grand display of cultural and linguistic pride, reflecting the significance of #Hindi in the global cultural landscape.
The celebration commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp, symbolising enlightenment, knowledge, and the dispelling of ignorance.
Indian Consul General in Melbourne Dr Sushil Kumar graced the occasion, expressing gratitude to all participants and highlighting the importance of the event.
In a poignant moment, he read out the Indian Prime Minister’s statement, which underscored the vital role of Hindi not only in India but across the world, reiterating its significance in the global structure.
A special highlight of the evening was the felicitation of Dr. Subhash Sharma, a respected figure known for his significant contributions to promoting Hindi in Australia. His work has been pivotal in fostering an understanding and appreciation of the Hindi language and culture within the Australian-Indian community and beyond.
The event was also marked by a series of cultural performances, showcasing the talent and enthusiasm of the community. Poem recitation sessions were held, featuring participants from different age groups – under 10, under 18, and adults. Their performances reflected the depth and diversity of Hindi literature and poetry, resonating with the audience’s shared cultural heritage.
However, the showstopper of the evening was a captivating dance performance by young Indian-Australian kids. They celebrated the historic construction of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, an event that holds profound significance for Indians worldwide.
This performance was a harmonious blend of cultural pride and modern expression, symbolising the continuity of tradition through generations.
Participants who showcased exceptional talent and hard work in their performances were recognised and facilitated, adding a sense of achievement to the cultural festivities.
The event, while a resounding success in many aspects, highlighted a notable gap in the participation of the younger Indian-Australian demographic, particularly those aged 25 to 45. This observation underscores the vital need for young Indian Australians to engage with and learn Hindi, not only as a means of preserving linguistic heritage but also as a bridge connecting them to their cultural roots.
In an increasingly globalised world, the importance of maintaining a connection with one’s heritage language is paramount. It fosters a sense of identity, belonging, and understanding of one’s ancestral culture. Encouraging this age group to learn Hindi and participate in such cultural events can enrich the community’s cultural tapestry, ensuring that the language and traditions continue to thrive in the diaspora.
This engagement also promises to strengthen intergenerational bonds within families, where the older generation can pass on not just a language, but stories, history, and a wealth of cultural knowledge.
The evening concluded on a delightful note with a taste of Indian hospitality. Attendees were treated to a spread of Indian delicacies, including the ever-popular samosas, the sweet bliss of rasgullas. These dishes not only satiated the taste buds but also served as a reminder of the rich culinary traditions of India.
World Hindi Day at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne was more than just a celebration of a language; it was a vibrant testament to the enduring strength of culture, heritage, and community bonds in the Indian diaspora.
As the attendees left with hearts full of joy and pride, the echoes of Hindi poetry and the rhythm of traditional dances lingered in the air, marking the success of a memorable event.
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