International Hindi Association in collaboration with Consulate General of India, New York
Ustad Ma Zila Khan, cultural ambassador for the Government of India and one of the finest Sufi singers in the world, will perform with her ensemble at the evening gala. Famous Indian poets, Hasya Kavi (humorist) Padmashri Surendra Dubey of Raipur, Vyangkar (satirist) Mahendra Ajanabi of Delhi, and Ghazalkara (lyricist) Shabina Adeeb of Kanpur will also perform. Award winning television news anchor Dr. Anuradha Dubey, also of Raipur, will emcee the evening gala. Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty will be the special guest. Seating begins at 5:30 PM. Welcome & Keynote Speech at 6 PM; Zila Khan Sufi Concert at 6:30 PM. Complementary dinner served at 8 PM; and Hasya Kavi Sammelan finale will begin at 9 pm.
Zila Khan is a singer, music entrepreneur, actor, and cultural ambassador for the Government of India. The daughter of Sitar Maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, she is one of the finest Sufi singers in the world and is known for her wide repertoire and her command over various music styles, whether it's Indian Classical, World Music & Indo-Jazz Fusion, Traditional Ghazal, and Sufi music. She regularly performs at major Indian and International music festivals and venues such as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Broadway, and Trafalgar Square. She has also been featured on MTV Coke Studio, Buzzfeed, MTV IGGY. Besides singing, Zila Khan is also a music entrepreneur and has multiple ventures that she oversees. She is the co-owner of Arré Siren, India’s first music and comedy festival and content platform that is solely headlined by female artists. She is a partner and curator at Ranthambhore Festival, a festival that endeavors to conserve traditional music and nature. Lastly, she runs the UstadGah Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that aims to mentor and empower underprivileged children who are musically talented and help them develop meaningful careers and monetary avenues to sustain themselves through music. As an actor, Zila Khan has played a supporting role alongside Deepika Padukone in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali Bollywood blockbuster Bajirao Mastani, and currently essays the lead role in Lillete Dubey’s theatrical play Gauhar, which has been receiving acclaim from audience and critics around the world. Being a representative of Indian Heritage and Culture, Zila Khan is one of the select artists who has featured in the Incredible India advertisement campaign for the Tourism Ministry of India. She was conferred the Incredible India Award by the Ministry of Tourism in September 2017. A recipient of the Ghalib Award, she is the performer of choice at various Presidential and Prime Ministerial level receptions for state dignitaries. Zila Khan is a passionate supporter of Gender Equality, Women's Rights, and the Protection of Cultural Heritage.
Padmashri Surendra Dubey of Raipur, a former Secretary of Chattisgarh Rajya Bhasha Aayog, is an eminent poet of Hasya Ras genre. He is famous for his poetry of expressional humor. He has been honored by the Government of India with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri in 2010. As a poet of distinction, he has been felicitated by two Presidents of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil and Mr. Ramnath Kovind. He is also a recipient of ‘Kaka Hathrasi Hasya Ratna Award’ and ‘Atthaas’ ‘Vikramaditya’ ‘Nirala’ and ‘Hasya Shikhar’ Samman. He has performed in thousands of national and international Kavi Sammelans across the globe. He is admired for his comic wit, exuberance and spontaneity. When he takes the podium, the auditorium is filled with continuous laughter. His poetry has a mix of engaging humor and penetrating satire on society, human-relations, and public awareness. His comic bards have an emphatic native quality to it that point to subtle ironies and incongruities of life. Surendra Dubey has authored eight books and has written for Door darshan and Akashwani. He has appeared on several television shows. This is his fifth visit to the United States. He has also appeared on stage in Canada, Dubai, Oman, UAE, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.
Mahendra Ajanabi of Delhi, a former educator, is a renowned Hindi poet of Hasya-Vyang and a quick-witted satirist. His creative writings have touched the hearts of poetry lovers all across the globe. His humorous poems contain a deep and enchanting satire on the day to day problems of existence. The humor of his poems reveals that Mahendra Ajanabi is a keen, amused, and at times sardonic observer of the kaleidoscope of human life. As a poet of distinction, he too has been felicitated by the President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Among a long list of his awards and recognitions the foremost are ‘Kaka Hathrasi’ ‘Om Prakash Aditya’ and Delhi Hindi Academy Samman. Mahendra Ajanabi has authored a book, titled ‘Hansa Hansa Ke Maarunga’, and has participated in more than 2000 Kavi Sammelans in India and abroad in last 32 years, including the prestigious Red Fort. This is his fourth visit to the United States. He has also performed in Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, UAE, Oman, and Nepal.
Shabina Adeeb of Kanpur, is known as the Queen of Ghazals in Kavi Sammelan and Mushairah orbits. Adeeb, meaning, a literary person, is her pen name. She is one of the most sought after poetesses in India. Her poetry has touched the hearts of millions of her fans in India and abroad. She is celebrated for her melodious voice and songs of love and aspirations. Her poetry is so close to reality that it strikes the audience as a rhythmical creation of their own highest thoughts and remembrances. She has recited her compositions on All India Radio, Door Darshan and other TV channels at several occasions. She has been feted with numerous awards and honors by many prestigious organizations and institutions, including Mallika-E-Ghazal Award, Punjab Kesari Award, Kanpur Gaurav Samman, and the prestigious Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Samman by the Uttar Pradesh Government. She has two published books to her credits, titled ‘Tum Mere Paas Raho’ and ‘Kasak’. This is her second visit to the United States. She has also performed in Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan spreading the message of peace and love thru her legendry poetry.
ANURADHA DUBEY, a noted television news anchor at Door darshan Raipur, is an exceptionally talented Kathak dancer. A graduate in Hindi literature, she has a Ph.D. in Kathak Dance form. She has performed at almost all major classical dance festivals in India, and abroad, including Russia, Italy, Australia, Hungry, Indonesia, Egypt, and China, and has garnered huge praise for herself. Many of her dance performances are based on old and modern poetry pieces. Amongst her many accolades, she has been felicitated by the government of India and awarded by numerous institutions. As a Kathak teacher, she has produced some bright young Kathak dancers. As an actress, she has played leading roles in regional Chhattisgarhi and Bhojpuri movies. Anuradha is an excellent announcer and manch sanchalak and has emceed many prestigious cultural and state events with chief minister and the prime minister of India in attendance. She is a 2018-19 Mrs. India title winner.
The event is supported by Bhartiya Sahitya Sangam, Akhil Vishwa Hindi Samiti, & Hindi Sangam Foundation. International Hindi Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.