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Let the language of love talk

art and culture Updated: Apr 03, 2012 00:47 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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One of the most celebrated annual Urdu events of the Capital is back with its 13th edition, and promises to be bigger and better this year. Mushaira Jashn-e-Bahar 2012 will see distinguished Urdu poets from India and abroad take the stage.

This year, the event will see two celebrated poets from Pakistan — Zehra Nigah and Anwar Masood, who will be joined by lyricist Javed Akhtar and US based poet, Max Bruce, among others from Canada, UAE and UK. “This year we have seven poets from abroad. We are really honoured to have Zehra Nigah with us. I don’t have to think twice before calling her the senior most Urdu poet at this time,” says Kamna Prasad, the founder of the Jashn-e-Bahar Trust. Nigah is often referred to as a contemporary of renowned poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. “We have had both Urdu speaking, and other audience at the mushaira. The evening has its own charm,” adds Prasad.

One of the most iconic things about the event is its logo, which was designed by acclaimed artist, MF Hussain. Each year, the evening is attended by poetry lovers in large numbers. “I completely disagree with people who say that Urdu language is fading away or simply dying. Such people should pay a visit to the mushaira to realise how much this language is loved by one and all,” says Prasad.

The poets at the event will present their compositions, which will constitute their own unique messages. While on one hand, one would get a chance to witness poet Anwar Masood present humorous and witty poetry, on the other, it will be Bareilly based poet Prof Wasim Barelvi reciting his thought provoking verses.

Like every year, the evening will primarily revolve around the theme of the new global identity of Urdu, and the message of peace and amity. The evening this year will be presided over by Vice- President M Hamid Ansari and eminent litterateur Ashok Vajpeyi, among others.

Catch it here
What: Mushaira
When: April 6
Where: Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Timing: 5.30pm onwards
Entry: By invitation
Nearest Metro Station: Jangpura on the Violet line