Celebrate Hindi and Urdu culture, literature


New Delhi

When the deans of Indian literature, film, theater, dance, music and poetry descend on one platform to celebrate all things culture, we know the city is going to be in for a treat. ! The second phase of the 10th edition of Jashn-e-Adab takes place in a hybrid format and includes dastangoi, mushira, kavi sammelan, and performances of qawwali, folk, ghazal, classical dance and music, theater and baitbazi (a game played by composing verses of poems in Urdu).

The current festival presents well-known personalities from the cultural space, during the different sessions. The famous Hindi poet and teacher Ashok Chakradhar, who will speak the Hindi language at the festival, says: “Poetry or shayari is the common thread of creativity, and this rhythm can be seen in all forms of art and culture. whether it is theater or music. . Does the festival do kala ke sabhi roopon ko apne andar shaamil kiya hai. Even during the pandemic, people stayed connected because they didn’t let the baatcheet ka silsila break, thanks to their online platforms. Aur ab dheere dheere jab pandemic ka darr kam hua hai, hum apne gharon se bahar aane lage hain, aur culture mein saans lene lage hai.

The second day of the festival will have a recital by the representative of Kathak Vidha Lal and her disciplines. “This is the fourth or fifth time that I have participated in this event. And most of the time I used Sufi poetry to merge it with kathak. This time I will start my recital with a bandish in Raag Bhairav. Then I would play a solo, presenting the repertoire of Jaipur gharana. And to top off the evening, because we are also celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, I will be doing a qawwali on Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Humare Dil Mein Hai, ”she said.

Sharing his thoughts on physical performance in a cultural festival, Lal is of the opinion that “it is very important for any artist to participate in such cultural activities because after the pandemic it is the only break we have with a live audience. For the artist to be on stage, it’s a very beautiful thing, it’s a kind of uSav, or a happy celebration.

Actor Raghubir Yadav, who will have a conversation on literature, theater and cinema at the festival, said, “Hindi literature and poetry hold a special place in my life. They helped me hone my skills as an artist and grow as a person. During confinement, reading the works of our legendary Indian writers was the only entertainment I chose and enjoyed. The works, books and poems of our Indian writers like Ghalib, are timeless and I never tire of reading and re-reading them. Every time I take something new from it … This festival is a great initiative to celebrate the depths and vibrancy of our Indian culture and literature. I have personally enjoyed attending and participating in this festival. They should be applauded for keeping the traditional formats alive in the modern world. “

Founder and curator poet Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan says, “Culture fills our lives with color. When we have this festival, we are trying to bring together the glory of India, all the fashions and facets of the culture, and the performers … Lots of performing artists are in bad shape after the pandemic, so there must be have leads to support them. Organizing such events can also boost the morale of others. And I hope the younger generation will participate because they have to know what India is. “

Catch it live

What: Jashn-e-Adab

Or: India International Center (Entrance by invitation only);


About Till: December 19

Hourly: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nearest metro station: Jor Bagh on the yellow line and JLN Stadium on the purple line

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