With an aim to promote art and culture, Kaladharmi, a non profit culture organisation was formed in late 1960s by singer and actor Begum Akhtar. After her demise in 1974, the organisation continued with Akhtar’s initiative and has been organising various cultural events. In 2007, the organisation
took a major leap and introduced an award for deserving singers and poets. Continuing the legacy, this Sunday the organisation will hold Ghazal recitals by Ahmed Hussain and Mohamemd Hussain, and will also honour Rajesh Reddy, a renowned Urdu poetry exponent.
The celebration this year marks the beginning of Begum Akhtar centenary that will commemorate in 2014. “We will have various cultural events throughout the country next year to mark the centenary celebrations of Begum ji,” says Rita Ganguly, general secretary, Kaladharmi. This includes making roads in her name at places such as Calcutta, where she started her career, Lucknow, where she lived and Bombay, where she established herself as an actor. There is also an International Gazhal festival on the cards that will see singers from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and more such countries. Speaking about the event that will take place at India International Centre, Ganguly says, “We will play a documentary on the life of Begum Akhtar.” Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang will also do a live sketch on stage.
Catch it Live
What: Curtain-raiser of the Begum Akhtar centenary celebration
When: October 6
Timing: 6 pm onwards
Where: Multimedia Hall, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate