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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Kathak, poetry and couplets to remember Mirza Ghalib

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 25, 2013
First Published: 22:57 IST(25/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:02 IST(25/4/2013)

Bringing alive memories and to showcase the rich legacy of Mirza Ghalib, the Ghalib Memorial Movement has organised a two-day event "Yadgar-e-Ghalib" to mark the death anniversary of the legendary Urdu poet. The event will be held on April 26 and 27.

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Chief minister Sheila Dikshit is likely to release a documentary film “Yadgar-e-Ghalib” on the occasion.

The event will include a Kathak performance by Uma Sharma, poetry recitation by prominent poets and recital of couplets of Ghalib by Pavan K Varma.

“The highlight of the event will be a mushaira with eminent poets in durbar tehzeeb rendered in Mughal style with shamadaan (flame kept in front of the orator),” said an organiser.

The verses for the performance have been selected for the occasion, to showcase the Sufi Ghalib. “The universal appeal of Ghalib’s thought makes people ponder over issues of life, death and love. This will leave the listeners spellbound,” said the organiser.

Commenting on the delay in observing Ghalib’s death anniversary, Firoz Bakht Ahmed, member of the movement, said, “The programme was supposed to take place on February 15. But it was postponed due to lack of artists, organisation and funds.”

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