As part of the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India @75) celebrations Hindi Diwas 2021 was organised by the Amrita Shergil Cultural Centre of the Embassy on 29th September 2021. Dr. Vinay Prabhakar Sahasrabuddhe, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was the Chief Guest for the event.
After the traditional lamp lighting and welcome remarks by Ambassador Shri Kumar Tuhin, Professor Mate Ittzes of the Department of Indian Studies at the ELTE University presented an overview of Hindi teaching in Budapest. In his address on this occasion, Dr. Sahasrabuddhe said, ‘ Gurudev Rabindrnath Tagore, who is much loved in Hungary, said, “Our forefathers, three thousand years ago, had finished extracting all that was of value from the universe, is not a worthy thought. We are not so unfortunate, nor the universe, so poor.” So India marches ahead. As a famous Sanskrit saying says, let all that is good in the world come to us.
Innovations backed by high quality research, sustainable models of inclusive development, environmental protection, rule of law and free flow of information are the paths we have taken to rightfully reclaim our thought leadership of humanity.’
The event also comprised of a short film of compilations of documentaries on the growth of Hindi in Hungary, a music video titled ‘Dance of Freedom’, a devotional fusion dance presentation by Hungarian dancers and ICCR alumni Ms. Panni Somi (Bharatnatyam), Virág Turi(Odissi) and Gabriella Tóth (Kuchipudi) as well as poetry recitation by Hungarian Hindi students led by Professor Péter Sági, who teaches Hindi at the ELTE University. A Kathak performance by the Amrita Shergil Cultural Center Kathak teacher accompanied by Tabla and Pakhwaj was also part of the events. In conclusion, Indian Hindi students performed a Hindi Play titled ‘Çhamde ki Naav’. President ICCR felicitated students of Hindi course and couple of Hungarian staff of the Embassy who are proficient in spoken Hindi.
The programme was attended by over 100 invited guests.
Source: Press Release