For lovers of Urdu poetry in the Capital, this Friday night promises to be a memorable one. Over 15 distinguished poets from as many as six countries will rub shoulders with their Indian counterparts at the 12th annual edition of the Jashn-e-Bahar
. Among those who compose in the language of the Indian subcontinent and will be part of the
are a young American student from Texas, and Arab participants from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
“Our idea is to promote the new generation of Urdu
and to stress the global identify of this language,” said Kamna Prasad, founder of the Jash-e-Bahar trust. As the birthplace of Urdu language plays host to the literary gathering, many say there is nothing as enticing as the assembly of so many distinct nationalities under the umbrella of the beautiful language. Two poets from Pakistan — Rehana Roohi and Anwar Massod — will also be part of the literary circle.