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Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee to explore the spirit of Urdu

Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in Delhi to celebrate and explore the spirit of the language.

books Updated: Mar 01, 2015 15:14 IST
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Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in Delhi to celebrate and explore the spirit of the language.

The two-day "Jashn-e-Rekhta" festival will begin March 14 and will bring together 60 renowned personalities from both the countries to celebrate Urdu language through performances, recitations, dastangoi, musical renditions, mushaira, dramas, panel discussions, film screenings and interactive sessions.

The festival is presented by the Rekhta foundation, which has curated the largest online anthology of Urdu poetry, and will be hosted at India International Centre.

"This festival is a platform to showcase the world of Urdu through the eyes and experience of its masters. We aim to reach out to both the Urdu speaking and the non-Urdu speaking audience," Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta.org, said in a statement Friday.

The festival ends March 15.