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Delhi to host Urdu poets from across world

Poetry lovers of Delhi are in for a literary delight with Urdu poets from across the world all set to compete for attention this week as they assemble in the national capital to be part of an annual ‘mushaira´.

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2009 09:46 IST

Poetry lovers of Delhi are in for a literary delight with Urdu poets from across the world all set to compete for attention this week as they assemble in the national capital to be part of an annual ‘mushaira´.

About 20 distinguished poets from six countries, including US, UK and China, will rub shoulders with their Indian counterparts at the tenth edition of the Jashn-e-Bahar on April 10.

“Urdu is a language, in fact a culture, that was born in and around Delhi and it is amazing to see how it has spread across the world through the Indian diaspora,” said Kaamna Prasad, founder of the Jashn-e-Bahar trust that organises the event every year.

While the Indian poets, who will be part of the ensemble include Shahryar, Wasim Bareilvi, Gauhar Raza and Alok Srivastava among others, the foreign participants will include Chinese national Zhang Shi Xuan, Afghan poet Rahbin Khorshid and Arab Omar Salim M Al-Aidroos.

“It is a matter of pride to know that people all over the world, even those to whom this is not a native language, are composing in Urdu,” says Prasad, a self-professed lover of the language.