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
More pictures coming soon
Following events were organized:
Exhibition of paintings by Roma children (Age 6 to 16) from :
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 <email@example.com>,
art teacher of a school in Slovak Republic.
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
of competition of paintings
Here are the
paintings who were declared awarded:
BESTS Two FROM UKRAINE
No third position declared
BESTS three FROM SLOVAK REPUBLIC
BESTS three FROM BULGARIA
We congratulate all the children who are awarded and
also who participated