Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Fourth Suvarna D. Shah Gujarati Poetry Festival, Orlando, FL.

March 31, 2018 - April 1, 2018

The Gujarat Region Culture Program/ Center for the study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) at the University of Florida proudly presents The Fourth Suvarna D. Shah Gujarati Poetry Festival.

The event will be held at the Rosen Jewish Community Center (11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32836 [407-387-2740]) from  March 31 – April 1, 2018.

The event will feature Poet Laureates from India:  Bhagyesh Jha and Hiten Anandpara

And poets from the USA:

  • Dr. Dinesh O. Shah, Gainesville, FL.Dr. Snehlata Pandya, Merritt Island, FL
  • Rekha Shukla, Chicago, IL Bharat Desai, Chicago, IL
  • Sapana Vijapura, San Jose, CA, Preety Sengupta, New York, NY
  • Sushrut K. Pandya, Orlando, FL Venu Mehta, Gainesville, FL

Registration for the entire Poetry Festival, $ 100.00

(includes lunches, coffee breaks, the banquet and the musical  program)

  • Banquet Ticket Only $ 40 per person
  • Poetry recitation sessions plus lunch on Saturday: $50
  • Poetry recitation sessions plus lunch on Sunday: $30


Saturday, March 31, morning: HIMANSHU BHATT SESSION
Chairperson: Dr. Dinesh O. Shah

9:00-9:15 am Welcome — Dr. Vasudha Narayanan and Dr. Dinesh O. Shah
9:15-10:00 am Mr. Bhagyesh Jha (Poet Laureate from Ahmedabad, India)

10:00-10:30 am TEA BREAK

10:30-10:50 am Bharat Desai, Chicago
10:50-11:10 am Dhrutika Sanjiv, New Jersey
11:10-11:30 am Dr. Snehlata Pandya, Merritt Island, FL
11:30-11:50 am Sapana Vijapura, Bay Area, CA
11:50 am -12:10 pm Fulvati M. Shah, Sunnyvale, CA; Ramesh Patel, Karamsad, India
12:10-12:30 pm Sushrut K. Pandya, Orlando, FL

12:30-2:00 pm LUNCH

Saturday, March 31, afternoon: SHITAL JOSHI SESSION
Chairperson: Dr. Snehlata Pandya

2:00-2:45 pm Shri Hiten Anandpara, Poet Laureate from Mumbai, India.
2:45-3:05 pm Manubhai Nayak, Tavares, FL
3:05-3:50 pm Rasaswad of my best poems from my 80 years journey! Dr. Dinesh O. Shah

3:50-4:20 pm TEA BREAK

4:20-4:40 pm Rekha Shukla, Chicago, IL
4:40-5:00 pm Preety Sengupta, New York, NY

6:30-7:00 pm Social Hour
7:00-8:00 pm Dinner (Master of Ceremony: Dr. Sumant Pandya)
8:00-10:00 pm Honoring Poets, Chief Guests + Kaavya Sangeet + Garba by Shri Karnik Shah from Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Sunday, April 1, morning: Chairperson: Dr. Digesh Chokshi

9:00-9:45 am Dr. Bhagyesh Jha “The message of Bhagwad Geeta for 21st Century in a technologically oriented society”.
9:45-10:25 am Shri Hiten Anandpara, Mumbai, India

10:25-10:55 am TEA BREAK

10:55-11:15 am Venu Mehta ( Dr. Vasudha Narayanan’s Ph.D. student)
11:15-11;35 am Ravi Naik, Tavares, FL

11:35 am – 12:30 pm Various Poets: “My favorite poems of other poets and Why do I like them? ( Dr.Digesh Chokshi, Dr. Snehlata Pandya, Rekha Shukla, Bharat Desai, Preety Sengupta, Sapna Vijapura, Dr. Dinesh O. Shah, Sonal Patel)

12:30-12:45 pm Thanks and Future Plans (Dr. Vasudha Narayanan)

12:45-1:45 pm LUNCH AND VIDAY (Dr. Dinesh O. Shah)

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION: please contact Comfort Inn and Suites,  7495 Canada Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819; Phone: – 407-351-7000                



March 31, 2018
April 1, 2018
Event Categories: