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Big B to recite father's poetry in New York

The Bollywood superstar is set to recite Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poems at a literary and cultural event, "Bachchan Sandhya", in New York next month.

entertainment Updated: Jul 03, 2007 14:32 IST
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is set to recite his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poems at a literary and cultural festival in New York next month.

The event called "Bachchan Sandhya" will be held on Aug 18 at the Lincoln Center - a premier venue for the performing arts.

The cultural do has been organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, US, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence and the centenary of late Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a celebrated Hindi poet and litterateur.

On the occasion, Amitabh's wife and actress Jaya Bachchan will offer her own reminiscences about the life and achievements of her father-in-law.

A dance-drama entitled Jeevan, based on Bachchan's poems, will be presented by renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer Vaswati Mishra and her troupe.

Bachchan's best-known work is Madhushala, a series of quatrains or rubai. On the surface, the book seems like an ode to alcohol, but is actually an allegory about the complexity of life. Madhushala has been recited by Amitabh and sung by Manna De on tape.