The third edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta, a unique festival to celebrate the timeless grandiloquence of Urdu will be held in New Delhi from February 17-19. The three-day festival at IGNCA will witness over hundred distinguished writers, poets, artists and singers from the Urdu fraternity, including celebrated lyricist Gulzar, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and acclaimed sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, who will bring alive Urdu’s radiant charm and rich heritage through mushaira, qawalli, dastangoi, ghazals, book exhibition, film screening, panel discussions, calligraphy workshops, Urdu bazaar and baitbaazi.
Other eminent personalities who will grace the event are Javed Siddiqui, Prasoon Joshi, Irfan Habib, Sharmila Tagore, MS Sathyu, Annu Kapoor, Wasim Barelvi, Ashok Chakradhar, Kumar Vishwas, Prem Chopra, Saurabh Shukla, Justice TS Thakur, Nadira Babbar and Salman Khurshid among many others.
The festival is organised by the Rekhta foundation, that curates the largest online repository of Urdu poetry in the world on www.rekhta.org.
Urdu has created its basti wherever it has travelled, and the audience will find themselves conversing about the magical capabilities of the language to not only create its home in distant lands but also to offer itself as a home, as a refuge to myriad sensibilities.
“Rekhta is a movement to preserve and promote the rich literary and cultural heritage of Urdu, by availing technology and social media platforms as well as by celebrating its versatility and splendor.”
“Jashn-e-Rekhta is an extension of the same commitment to reclaim our rich heritage. With the festival, I have seen Urdu starting to resonate among hundreds of thousands of people cutting across age, gender, social, economic, religious or geographical divides,” Dr Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation said.