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City of steel has people with soft hearts: Surendra Sharma

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Humour runs high during Kavi Sammelan at Ravindra Bhavan

Jamshedpur: Steel City denizens rejoiced in an unforgettable pre-Holi experience during the Hasya Vyangya Kavi Sammelan of Sriram Seva Trust on Tuesday evening as Surendra Sharma, renowned poet known for his satirical jokes rendered with flatpan expressions and comic timing and several other icons of his genre took centrestage at Ravindra Bhavan, Sakchi.

The occasion was fit to be called a pre-cursor to Holi celebrations as a large number of fans of Surendra Sharma turned it into a houseful show replete with an abundance of humour mixed with satirical comments. Other poets were Sita Sagar, Mahendra Ajnabi and Ashkaran Atal too, received a huge applause on their performance.

The chief guest of the occasion was the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar while the special guest was Income Tax Commissioner Avinash Kumar. Other dignitaries included Central GST Commissioner Ajay Kumar Pandey and Ashok Goel.

The programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the guests. It was conducted by Manoj Singh and Ashok Goel. Congratulating the gathering on Holi, the DC said East Singhbhum was a district known for its inclination towards art and culture. He wished the people happy Holi and praised them for their artistic taste.

During his performance, Surendra Sharma praised the city and said its people were soft by heart despite belonging to the city of steel. Taking a dig at news channels for their TRF frenzy, he said despite a deluge of news related to the Bollywood actress late Sridevi, these channels had no interest in the martyrs of the country.

The programme continued for around three hours. The poets gave a riveting performance on different topics including politics, love, human relations, society, culture, education and nation. Entry to the programme was free and restricted to pass holders. Around one thousand people turned up to attend the event.

The organizers of the event included Rajkumar Chanduka, Ashok Choudhary, Balmukund Goel, Nandan Jaluka, Pawan Poddar, Dilip Goel, Ashok Bhalotia and Om Prakash Ringsia.

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