Roma Day Festival (India)

8 April, 2009

 

 

 

India Inter-Continental Cultural Association (Regd.), Chandigarh (India) in collaboration with Writers Club, Chandigarh, and Sikhya-the school of learning, Sector 46-A, Chandigarh organised Roma Day Festival in Chandigarh on 8 April, 2009. This Festival was also supported by European Parliament & European Council, whose representatives sent us warm greetings and best wishes for the success of this Festival.

 

Festival was held at Sikhya school which is run by a charitable trust. The school provides quality education free of cost exclusively to children of underprivileged class-the Roma of India.  Children are also provided free meals, dresses and books etc. It is the personal dream of Dr. Gurpreet Singh, Chairman of School who for many years has been deeply involved in both industry as well as education.

 

Mrs. Sonia Channi, Principal of the school took deep interest in organising Roma Day at this school.  While welcoming the guests and media persons she told that we have a very simple vision of giving the underprivileged children a chance who may otherwise have none and to empower them in ways that would make them in-distinguished from the best.

 

The Festival was opened jointly by Mr. Suresh Ram Burn, an eminent writer from Mauritius & Ms. Madi Sharma representative of European Council.. . While addressing the gathering Mr. Suresh Ramburn stressed the need for organizing such functions in honour of People of Indian origin living abroad. He compared the situations under which roma and other other Indians migrated to different countries under different circumstances. He offered to organize a literary and cultural festival in Mauritius exclusively for Indian from India and abroad.

 

Ms. Madi Sharma told that she is actively involved in taking care of human right issues of the roma in Europe.  Her organisation is deeply concerned by the continuing discriminatory treatment and exclusion of the Roma, and particularly by the recent escalation in hate motivated incidents and racist rhetoric reported in a number of States.

 

Dr. Punia G. Singh, Musicologist & Roma scholar from Delhi, and Mr. Janardhan Pathania, were special Guests of honour who offered all help to organise such events in the future and highlighted the plight of roma living in poor conditions in east European countries.

 

Mr. Janardhan Pathania, who is also Advisor, IICCA surprised all by speaking in romani language.  He said romani language is the off-shoot of Punjabi, Hindi and Rajasthani languages and anyone from India can learn it very easily. Prominent poets, writers, artists, journalists and intellectuals including Mr. Vinod Mehta, Ms. Manjit Indra, Gul Chauhan, Mr. Paul Singh, Kashmir Singh Pannu, Amar Giri, Hardev Chauhan, Arjun Jaipuri, Govardhan Gabbi, Sumit Mayyar, N. S. Sitta &  Prof. Nirmal Dutt, were also present on the occasion.

 

These events were the result of continuous efforts made by Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, Director, IICCA, Chandigarh (India), who is also the first Vice-President of Indo-Roma Centre, Belgrade (Serbia) and also the first Commissioner from India for Indo-Roma affairs at International Roma Union.  On the occasion were also present conveners of Writers Club, Chandigarh - Mr. Sham Singh Angsang and Sathi Balwinder Singh.

Pictures by Janardhan Pathania

 

Mrs. Sonia Channi, Principal
of Sikhya School addressing the gathering

Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, Programme Director
addressing the gathering

Mr. Suresh Ramburn, poet from Mauritius
addressing the gathering

Ms. Madi Sharma (Roma scholar & activist from Europe),
addressing the gathering

Dr. Punita G. Singh, Roma scholar & Musicologist
addressing the gathering

Mr. Janardhan Pathania, Roma scholar (Jammu)
addressing the gathering

Wellknow city artist (painter) Mr. Vinod Mehta, Jouranalist Mr. Dhillon and Dev Bhardwaj

Sham Singh convenor Writers Club, honouring
Dr. Punita G. Singh

Renowned Ghazal singer Mr. Arjun Jaipuri
presenting a ghazal

Dev Bhardwaj singing Roma National song in Hindi translated & composed by him

Bhangra (Punjabi Folk Dance)
 by school children

Students of Sikhya school
watching cultural programme

 

 

 

More pictures coming soon

 

Following events were organized:

 

Exhibition of paintings by Roma children (Age 6 to 16)  from :

Slovak Republic
Bulgaria
Romania
Ukraine, and
Switzerland

 

Exhibition of paintings (total 67 paintings from five countries) was inaugurated by Mr. Suresh Ramburn & Ms. Madi Sharma in the premises of Sikhya School Sector 46-A, Chandigarh. The exhibition remained open for four days from 8 to 11 April, 2009. The display of paintings was done in a very impressive manner by the teacher/Admin of the school Ms.  Charu & Deepti Dhir and other supporting staff and students under the over all supervision of Mrs. Sonia Channi, 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 <sajko.jan@post.sk>, art teacher of a school in Slovak Republic.

Romani Music,  Dances and Poetry

 

The cultural event was initiated by Mr. Dev Bhardwaj by presenting Hindi version of Roma National Song keeping the same music and meaning followed by songs by well-known singer Mr. Arjun Jaipuri.

 

The children of school also presented typical Punjabi folk Dances and Music which were enjoyed by everyone.

Mr. Janardhan Pathania read poems of some well known Romani poets in romani language with English/Punjabi translation by Dev Bhardwaj

 

RESULT of competition of paintings

Out of 67 paintings from 5 countries displayed in the exhibition, overall best entry award went to Ukraine. Country-wise Ist, 2nd 3rd positions were also declared. Judgment was done by a jury of prominent artists from Chandigarh namely Mr. Vinod Mehta, Mr. Gul Chauan & Ms. Charu

 

Here are the paintings who were declared awarded:
 
OVERALL BEST THREE ENTRIES from 67 paintings from 5 countries :

 

Over all first from Ukraine
OLEKSANDR SELESH (13 years old)  / Dancing  (Ukraine) : Form 7 School 14, Vzhgorod-Ukraine, Teachers : Stoyka Roman, Sirka Elizabet

Over all second from Slovak
CERVENAKOVA ADRIANA (14 Years old) / Landscape (Slovak Republic) : I. Zakladna Skola, Jarovnice, S. R., Teacher, Jan Sajko.

Over all first from Bulgaria
AIBENIS BASRIEVA SHUKRIEVA (12 Years old) (Bulgaria), School: G. Rakovski, Village Goliamo Novo-7789 obsht. Targovishte, Teacher : Slavka Georgieva.

 

BESTS Two FROM UKRAINE

 

First from Ukraine
SAMANTA PAP (13 years old)/Bitter Fate:   (Form 7 School 14,
Vzhgorod-Ukraine, Teachers : Stoyka Roman, Sirka Elizabet)
 

Second from Ukraine
KLIMAK ALYONA (15 years old) / In Forge (Form 8 School 14,
Vzhgorod-Ukraine, Teachers : Stoyka Roman, SirkaElizabet)
 

No third position declared

 

BESTS three FROM SLOVAK REPUBLIC

 

First from Slovak Republic
KALEJA DAVID (13 Years old/ first Violonist (I. Zakladna Skola, Jarovnice, S. R., Teacher, Jan Sajko.)
 

Second from Slovak Republic
BILY LADISLAV (13 years old) / Grand parents(I. Zakladna Skola, Jarovnice, S. R., Teacher, Jan Sajko.)
 

Third from Slovak Republic
CERVENAK DEZIDER (13 years old) / Musician (3rd)
(I. Zakladna Skola, Jarovnice, S. R., Teacher, Jan Sajko.)

 

BESTS three FROM BULGARIA

 

First from Bulgaria
AILIN SHUKIREVA AKAEVA (12 years old)  School: G. Rakovski, Village Goliamo Novo-7789 obsht. Targovishte, Teacher : Slavka Georgieva.

Second from Bulgaria
DONKA IAROSLAVOVA (12 years old)  School: G. Rakovski, Village Goliamo Novo-7789 obsht. Targovishte, Teacher : Slavka Georgieva.

Third from Bulgaria
DANAIL ANGELOV-GROSLAVOV (12 years old) School: G. Rakovski, Village Goliamo Novo-7789 obsht. Targovishte, Teacher : Slavka Georgieva.


 BESTS Three  FROM ROMANIA

 

First from Romania
BOROG LUMINITA (10 years old) / My Family, (School : Vasile Alecsansri, Baia-Mare-Romania,
Teacher: Mariana Blavenstein)

Second from Romania
COARSOS ALIN (10 years old) / Gypsy Dance
 (School : Vasile Alecsansri, Baia-Mare-Romania,
Teacher: Mariana Blavenstein)

Third from Romania
JASJLATI BANIEL (9 years)/ Letís Dance (School : Vasile Alecsansri, Baia-Mare-Romania,
Teacher: Mariana Blavenstein)


 BESTS Three  FROM SWITZERLAND

 

First from Switzerland
AUTONIO (8 years old) & Virginia  (13 Years old/ Volkenhioit-Zurich
 

Second from Switzerland
ALEXANDRA SAVDO (9 years old) / Burgstrassee 86, 8408 Winterthur Schweiz
 

Third from Switzerland
AVUTIG  (10 years old)

 

We congratulate all the children who are awarded and also who participated
We also congratulate the teachers and principals of the schools who encouraged these children for participation
and wish they will continue to co-operate with us in such activities.

 

DEV BHARDWAJ
Director, IICCA
Chandigarh-India

Ph. ++91-98728-23437
E-mail: writer_dev@hotmail.com
writerdev@gmail.com