Roma Day Celebrations in Chandigarh (India)
8 April, 2008
India Inter-Continental Cultural Association (Regd.), Chandigarh (India) in collaboration with Writers Club, Chandigarh, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47-D, Chandigarh organized Roma Day Festival in Chandigarh on 8 April, 2008. This Festival was also supported by Indo-Roma Centre, Belgrade (Serbia) whose President Mr. Jovan Damjanovic sent us warm greetings and best wishes for the success of this Festival. These events were the result of continuous efforts made by Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, Director, India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh (India), who is also the first Vice-President of Indo-Roma Centre, Belgrade (Serbia). On the occasion were present conveners of Writers Club, Chandigarh - Mr. Sham Singh Angsang and Saathi Balwinder Singh. Dr. Suresh Pillia, Incharge Indian Diaspora section of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Delhi was the special Guest of honour who offered all help to for such events in the future. Mr. Janardhan Pathania, Advisor, IICCA surprised all by speaking in romani language. He said romani language is the off-shoot of Punjabi, Hindi and Rajasthani languages and every from India can learn it very easily. Prominent poets, writers, artists, journalists and intellectuals like Prof. P. S. Nirola, Film Director, Ms. Manjit Indra, Malkit Singh, Artist, Devinder Daman, Theatre Director, C. R. Modgil, Director Haryana Punjabi Sahit Academi, Kashmir Singh Pannu, Prof. Ajmer Singh, Amar Giri, Hardev Chauhan, Jatinder Pajni, Raj Kumar, Artist, Sabita Dass, were also present on the occasion.
Two major events were organized:
(1) Exhibition of paintings (total
displayed 82) by roma (Gypsy) children from :
Exhibition of paintings was
inaugurated by Mr. S. K. Setia, H.C.S., Director of Public Instruction
(Schools), Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh on 8 April, 2008 at 11.00
A.M. who was chief guest of the occasion in the premises of Government
Senior Secondary School, Sector 47-D, Chandigarh (India). He was so
impressed by the paintings displayed in the exhibition that he immediately
sent orders to all the Governments Schools in the city of Chandigarh to
depute children of their schools to see this exhibition, which will surely
encourage the young generation to motivate them towards fine art. The
exhibition remained open for three days from 8 to 10 April, 2008. The
display of paintings was done in a very impressive manner by the art-teacher
of the school Mr. Vishal Bhatnagar & other supporting staff and
students under the over all supervision of Mr. J. S. Basota, Principal of
the school who worked very hard for the success of this festival. Main force behind motivation to organise such an exhibition was
Mr. Jan Sajko <email@example.com>, Art teacher of a school in Slovak Republic.
(2) Romani Music & Dance by Miss Fruzsina Hanna Perjes (from Hungary)
In the evening at the same avenue, well know roma-gypsy singer Miss Fruzsina Hanna Perjes from Budapest Hungary presented Romani songs in her full melodious voice. She was accompanied by three local musicians who earlier were with her for two days to do rehearsal.
RESULT of competition of paintings
Out of 82 paintings from 5 countries displayed in the exhibition, overall best entry award went to Slovak Republic. Country-wise Ist, 2nd 3rd positions were also declared. judgment was done by a jury of prominent artists from Chandigarh.
Here are the paintings who were declared awarded:
BESTS FROM SLOVAK REPUBLIC
BESTS FROM BULGARIA
BESTS FROM CROATIA
RESULT SIGNED BY JURY
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