Dhivehi poetry presented at UK Parliament

Isra (Far Right), who presented the poem in Dhivehi language at the House of Lords along with other participants | Photo: Daily Excelsior

A brilliant event highlighting the linguistic diversity of South Asia was organized at the House of Lords of British Parliament on March 26, 2024.

Twenty languages of India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka were presented during a two-hour event hosted by the Deputy Leader of the House Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia. Organized by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, the event marked 25th year of UNESCO World Poetry Day and titled Jalaanjali- Tributes to water conservation.

Poems, songs, dances and other cultural expressions made the program lively and interesting. Ms. Aishath Isra Abdulla spoke briefly about Maldives and presented an original poem in her mother tongue, Dhivehi.

The poem titled “Hihgaimu Dhivehiraajje” highlights the beauty of the Maldives: “The beautiful flower garland like atolls scattered across the ocean. The foamy waves that arise from the fathomless enveloping blue sea and break – cascading across the sea shore, caressing the island vegetation. The diversity of marine life such as dolphins whale sharks and turtles that add beauty to the environment. The everchanging form of our shape shifting islands and the coral gardens that lie below the surface. The changing of the nature based Maldivian weather calendar – Iruvai, hulhangu, assidha burunu – keeping our movements in sync with nature. This is the enchanting Maldives, the Mahaldeeb, the Dhivehi raajje of us Dhivehin (Maldivians).”

It was a proud moment for Maldives to showcase the rich heritage of the Maldivian language at the House of Lords on such a significant occasion.

The program was conceived and curated by Dr Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Founder of Sanskruti Centre. On earlier occasions, diplomats of Maldives High Commission attended the United Nations Cultural Diversity Day events organised by the Centre at the Houses of British Parliament, engaging in cross cultural awareness.

Disclaimer: This is an original article provided by MCDGI, and has been presented as it is with a few changes.

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