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Urdu lessons on stage

Enjoy drama and poetry at JNU’s Urdu theatre fest, Jashn-e-Zabaan. Celebrating the ‘language of love’ — Urdu and to encourage Urdu theatre, the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), are organising an Urdu theatre festival.

art and culture Updated: Sep 03, 2011 01:58 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Called Jashn-e-Zabaan (Celebration of Language), the festival will be all about poetry and drama in Urdu. It was kicked off yesterday with a Dastangoi performance by Mahmood Farooqui, Danish Hussain and their team. Dastangoi is an ancient form of story-telling that originated from Persia.

Today, the evening will be marked by a theatre performance titled: Gandhi Park by the Wings Cultural Society. “The adaptation of the play that we will be performing today, is a satire on the issue of eventual displacement of human beings due to socio-economical, socio-political and cultural reasons, the issue of identity and the sense of belonging,” says Tarique Hameed, director of the play, which is written by Manav Kaul.

The play revolves around three people in a park and their fight over the only three benches there. "It’s a light play that deals with serious issues faced by the people today.

The play, which is originally written in Hindi, will be performed in Urdu,” he says. Getting poetic Any festival celebrating Urdu language is incomplete without poetry recitation.

Tomorrow, Salima Raza along with Danish Iqbal, will perform Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan — a poetic recitation of letters exchanged between celebrated Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his wife.

“Urdu is one of the most beautiful languages and has been the cause for a literary and cultural fest in our campus. Recently, the language has been witnessing a sort of revival and so is our festival,” says Farah Noor, a student of the university.

Catch it here
What: Jashn-e-Zabaan
Where: Jawaharlal Nehru University
When: September 3-4
Timings: 6pm onwards
Schedule: September 3: Gandhi Park, September 4: Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line