SMART NGO’s Shaan-e-Mewat event to become an annual tradition


NUH, HARYANA: The vibrant spirit of Mewati culture took center stage on June 10th, 2024, at the “Shaan-e-Mewat” cultural event. Organized by Smart NGO and Radio Mewat in collaboration with the District Administration and Nuh Police, the event aimed to showcase the region’s unique heritage and challenge prevailing misconceptions.     Hosted at Shaheed Hasan […]

NUH, HARYANA: The vibrant spirit of Mewati culture took center stage on June 10th, 2024, at the “Shaan-e-Mewat” cultural event. Organized by Smart NGO and Radio Mewat in collaboration with the District Administration and Nuh Police, the event aimed to showcase the region’s unique heritage and challenge prevailing misconceptions.

 

Deputy Commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata and Ms. Archana Kapoor, Director of SMART and Radio Mewat. Photo: Kh. Manglembi Devi/SMARTM

 

Hosted at Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, the evening commenced with a warm welcome to distinguished guests, including Deputy Commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata, followed by a lamp-lighting ceremony. The spotlight then shifted to the Mirasis, hereditary musicians who have safeguarded Mewat’s musical traditions for centuries. Sixteen troupes from Mewat and Rajasthan, each contributing their unique flair and tradition, graced the event with their performances.

Their soulful renditions, echoing tales of unity and resilience, captivated the audience. Songs like “Bhedbhaav Ko Duur Karo, Humsab Hain Hindustani Re,” a call for unity among all Indians, resonated deeply, highlighting the Mirasis’ role as cultural custodians and storytellers.

The event also provided a platform for emerging talent, as young Kumari Neha impressed with her vocals and poetry recitation. A powerful rap performance by Satpal (Police Inspector, Nuh) addressed the crucial issue of girl child education, resonating deeply with attendees.

In a heartwarming gesture, local heroes who had demonstrated bravery were recognized and honored, further solidifying the sense of community pride. Dignitaries shared their reflections on the significance of the event.

 

 

chief guest Mr. Dhirendra Khadgata, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Nuh and Mr. Mukesh Kumar Director SHKM GMC Nalhad Photo Credit- Lembi

 

Deputy Commissioner Khadgata emphasized the role of such celebrations in countering negativity surrounding Mewat, stating, “To prevent the fire from spreading, celebration is essential.”

 

Mrs. Archana Kapoor, Director of Smart NGO and Radio Mewat, addressing the press. Photo: Kh. Manglembi Devi/SMART

Archana Kapoor, Director of Smart NGO and Radio Mewat, highlighted their long-standing commitment to the region, affirming, “We are Mewati, and Mewat is ours.” Kapoor further articulated her organization’s commitment to elevate Mewati culture through digital platforms, sharing its richness with the rest of India.

 

Mr. Narendra Bijarniya, SP, Nuh interacting with Guests. Photo: Kh. Manglembi Devi/SMART

SP, Narendra Bijarniya, recalled the days he witnessed one such cultural celebration. “I saw a  program organised by Smart named Shan-E-Mewat being held in Nuh on YouTube, back in 2015, we must ensure making it an annual one” he mentioned.

Ms. Sonakshi Singh, ASP, Nuh, Haryana at Shaan-e-Mewat. Photo: Kh. Manglembi Devi/SMART

ASP, Sonakshi Singh, initially unfamiliar with the region, expressed her newfound appreciation for Mewat’s rich cultural heritage. “Before this event, my perception of Mewat was limited and perhaps influenced by recent events,” she acknowledged. “However, witnessing the beauty and vibrancy of our culture today, I am truly grateful to have been posted here.”

A key highlight of the closing ceremony was the launch of “Pandun Ka Kada,” a collection of traditional Dohas (couplets) compiled by the Haryana Police. This initiative underscores the commitment to preserving and promoting Mewati literary heritage.

Witnessing the overwhelming success and enthusiastic response from the local community, the administration declared that Shaan-e-Mewat would become an annual celebration.

“Shaan-e-Mewat” transcended its cultural significance, serving as a powerful testament to the resilience and spirit of Mewat and its people. It successfully challenged stereotypes, fostered unity, and ignited a sense of pride in the region’s rich heritage. The organizers’ dedication to showcasing local talent, recognizing heroism, and preserving traditions ensured a memorable and impactful experience for the audience.

Photos Credits: Kh. Manglembi Devi/SMART