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JER 2017

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Mushaira
Food Festival
Dastangoi
Baitbaazi
Discussions
Urdu Bazaar
Qawwali
Khuli Nishist
Children's Corner
BOOK EXHIBITION
Calligraphy
SUFI MUSIC

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STAGE LAWN DIWAN-E-AAM

AUDITORIUM DIWAN-E-KHAAS

AMPHITHEATRE BAZM-E-RAVAAN

TREE LAWN KUNJ-E-SUKHAN

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Discussion
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hum Sooratgar KuchH Khwaabon Ke

@Gulzar in conversation with @JavedSiddiqi

Hum Sooratgar KuchH Khwaabon Ke

Sampurna Singh Kalra ‘Gulzar’ is one of the most celebrated cultural icons of contemporary India. He has enriched our cultural and aesthetic space as a poet, lyricist, fiction writer and film maker. Born in Punjab, Gulzar has made remarkable contributions to Urdu literature (poetry and fiction) for which he was conferred with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award.

At Jashn-e-Rekhta 2017, Gulzar would be enchanting us all with his poetry, anecdotes and a gripping commentary on an entire world Urdu poetry has gathered and preserved in its priceless words. He will be in a conversation with the noted lyricist, Javed Siddiqi and will talk about how all literary creation is a dream that the writer/ poet lives.

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hindustani Zindagi ka Naqsh-Nigaar: Premchand

@AbdulBismillah, @AliAhmadFatmi, @AlokRai and @ManagerPandey

Moderator: @TariqChhatari

Hindustani Zindagi ka Naqsh-Nigaar: Premchand

Premchand is the founder-writer of modern fiction in both Urdu and Hindi. He has depicted the intricate reality of Indian life as no one else has done. Even about seven decades after he left us, his fictional narrative and discourse have remained largely relevant to our times. This track would contribute to arriving at a new understanding of Premchand’s work and enlighten us on his continuing relevance.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Music
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Naghma-e-Naukhez

Sufi performance by child prodigy @KhanakJoshi

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Storytelling
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zabani Khela by Kabuliwala

Urdu Storytelling for Children with @KamalPruthi

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Storytelling
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dastangoi: Dastan Bachpan Ki

@AamirAhmed and @HimanshuBajpai

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui and Produced by Anusha Rizvi

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Discussion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Theatre ke Bhoole Hue Rang

@MSSathyu, @NadiraBabbar, @SalimArif and @SaurabhShukla

Moderator: @DanishIqbal

Theatre ke Bhoole Hue Rang

The modern Indian theatre owes much to the western tradition of drama in the shaping of its present forms of expression and technique, but still it is deeply rooted in the native experience of the dramatic art and has evolved out of the folk and other forms of theatrical performance, including swang, ras-lila, nautanki, and Parsi theatre where literature, music, dance and dramatic representation merge to stage an explosion of a complex artistic experience.

The panelists who include leading icons from the world of theatre, both performers and academics, would share their views on the earlier and generally forgotten forms of theatre and what they meant to those who practiced and enjoyed them.

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Talk
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

DURAAYE NAINA BANAYE BATIYAN:
KHUSRO KI KARISHMA-KAARI

@GopiChandNarang

DURAAYE NAINA BANAYE BATIYAN:
KHUSRO KI KARISHMA-KAARI

Abdul Hasan Yameenuddin, better known as Amir Khusro was the Indian genius who laid the foundations of the composite Indo-Islamic culture in the 13th century. A Sufi soldier, courtier, poet and music maestro, all at the same time. A polyglot who invented a new language by fusing the Persian with many Indian languages, which came to be known Hindavi at his time and developed into ‘Urdu’ as we know it today. The great Persian poet as he was, he also wrote poetry in Hindavi that paved the way for the Urdu ghazal-poetry. He also experimented with other forms of Hindavi poetry like Paheli (riddles), Kah-Mukarni etc. In the field of music, Amir Khusro is known to have invented two musical instruments – Tabla and Sitar and also composed many ragas as well as created Khayal, Tarana and Qawaali forms of vocal music.

Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, one of the most prominent literary critic and intellectual who is an authority on Amir Khusro would enlighten us on the many splendored creative miracles of Amir Khusro.

 

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Book Launch
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Book Releases by Gulzar

Ghazal Usne Chhedi- Volume-2 by @FarhatEhsas

'Blind', translation by @SukritaPaulKumar of 'Naadeed' by @JoginderPaul. Discussion with @Gulzar, @IrtezaKarim and @SukritaPaulKumar

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Recitation
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

PADHANT: MERE MUNH MEIN KHAAK
[A HUMOROUS RECITATION]

@AzharIqbal and @KokabFareed

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Discussion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Jab Filmein Urdu Bolti ThiÑ

@JavedSiddiqi, @PremChopra and @SharmilaTagore

Moderator: @BhawanaSomaaya

Jab Filmein Urdu Bolti ThiÑ

The session will focus on how Urdu has been a major part of the cinematic and visual culture of the yesteryears with the language having been integrated into dialogues, songwriting and even a detailed depiction of the Urdu tahzeeb. The discussants will share the stage to narrate the journey of the language over the years of evolution of cinema.

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dilli Jo Ek Shahr Tha

@IrfanHabib in conversation with @RanaSafvi

Dilli Jo Ek Shahr Tha

Prof. Irfan Habib, one of the most eminent living historians in India, would take us on a journey back into the medieval past of Delhi – the Shahjahanabad, to make us have a closer look at the socio-cultural relationships, religious co-existence, intellectual ferment and creative genius of the city of Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Discussion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

URDU SHAYARI MEIN ANGREZI ALFAAZ KA ISTEMAAL: TAARIKH, MISAALEIN AUR KUCHH KHAYAAL

@SalmanAkhtar in conversation with @SaifMahmood

URDU SHAYARI MEIN ANGREZI ALFAAZ KA ISTEMAAL: TAARIKH, MISAALEIN AUR KUCHH KHAYAAL

This presentation shall highlight the various ways in which words from English language have been used in Urdu poetry.Far from being restricted to humorous verse, such words have appeared in classic ghazals, progressive nazms, new wave poetry,  and, most recently, in a full-forced, genuine hybridity of expression.

 

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Poetry
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Young Poets Mushaira

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Recitation
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TAZMIN-E-GHALIB by Ashok Lal

Poetry modelled on Ghalib's ghazals

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Performance
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

HUM BULBULEIN HAIN ISKI: SONGS OF THE PROGRESSIVES

Performance by @VidyaShah with @DanishHusain

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

MAQBOOL-E-AAM ADAB YA ADAB KA QUBOOL-E-AAM

@AneesAshfaq, @KhalidJawed, @KhalidQadri and @NajmaRehmani

Moderator: @KhurshidAkram

MAQBOOL-E-AAM ADAB YA ADAB KA QUBOOL-E-AAM

There has been a long drawn-out debate on what is the difference between the serious and popular literature and how a line can be drawn between the two. Urdu has a very rich tradition of popular literature, including detective and romantic fiction, that thrived up to the seventh decade of the 20th century in both the countries of the Indian subcontinent, which, however, fell into decline since then.

The panelists in this track would discuss the forms and content of the popular literature produced in Urdu, its readership and literary worth, as also how can it be differentiated from the serious literature.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Performance
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SUKHAN

Blending of poetry and music

SUKHAN

Sukhan is a distinctive style of performance where a constant dialogue between the audience and the artists revolves around the gems of Urdu literature, Hindustani classical music and Sufi music. Audience is encouraged to participate in the presentation in form of response to artist’s questions or repetition of the lines of poems or singing along with the artists. Qawwalis, ghazals, storytelling (dastangoi) and recitation of nazms completes the flavour of the performance.

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Urdu ki Parwaz

@ShahFaesal

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Poetry
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

MAZAHIYA MUSHAIRA

A presentation of humorous Urdu poetry

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Music
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Qawwali

@DhruvSangari & Group

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Urdu Mein Hindustani Tahzeeb ka Jashn

@ShamimTariq, @SubodhLal, @UstadIqbalAhmadKhan and @ZamanAzurdah

Moderator: @QurbanAli

Urdu Mein Hindustani Tahzeeb ka Jashn

For about last four centuries, Urdu poetry has stood for an uncompromising universal humanism and very aggressively expressed itself against all forms and shades of religious fanaticism and intolerance, thereby strengthening the foundations of our composite Indian culture.

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Poetry
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Bazm-e-Sukhan: Mushaira

@AbhishekShukla, @AzharInayati, @BharatBhushanPant, @FarhatEhsas, @GulzarDehlvi, @LiaqatJafri, @MoienShadab, @ShakeelAzmi, @ShakeelJamali, @SheenKaafNizam, @VikasSharmaRaaz, @WasimBarelvi

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Film
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Mandi
[FILM SCREENING]

sunday, february 19th

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REGISTRATION opens

STAGE LAWN DIWAN-E-AAM

AUDITORIUM DIWAN-E-KHAAS

AMPHITHEATRE BAZM-E-RAVAAN

TREE LAWN KUNJ-E-SUKHAN

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Discussion
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

URDU KE ZER-E-SAAYA

@PrasoonJoshi in conversation with @FaridoonShahryar

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FIRAQ GORAKHPURI: HIJR KI RAAT KA SITARA

@ShamimHanfi in conversation with @DipaBagai

FIRAQ GORAKHPURI: HIJR KI RAAT KA SITARA

Firaq Gorakhpuri rode as a colossus on India’s literary scene throughout the twentieth century, along with Faiz Ahmad Faiz in Pakistan. He is best known for introducing an element of earthiness to Urdu love poetry where the lovers become living human beings, instead of being shadowy metaphors. He also made a mark as a literary critic and cultural thinker.

Prof. Shamim Hanfi, one of the most prominent literary critics in the subcontinent, who has seen Firaq Gorakhpuri at close quarters and has a deep understanding of his life and work, would make us learn more about the bard’s life struggles and poetic experience.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Music
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ghazal Performance

@AmrishMishra

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Open Forum
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Khuli Nishist

An open house of poetry recitation

Moderated by Kavishala

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Talk
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

KAHTE HAIN JISKO URDU

@MohammadZakir in conversation with @AbdurRasheed and @OmairManzar

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Discussion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

MAIN JO HOON JAUN ELIYA

@KumarVishwas in conversation with @RJSayema

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

URDU KA ADAALATI LEHJA

@JusticeAftabAlam, @SalmanKhurshid, @TahirMahmood and @JusticeTSThakur

Moderator: @SaifMahmood

URDU KA ADAALATI LEHJA

Urdu has been the language of legal and judicial discourse and practice, especially in lower judiciary, throughout the colonial rule in India, after it replaced Persian as the court language. Many eminent judges, lawyers and other judicial functionaries have been poets like Mufti Sadrauddin Azurda in Ghalib’s Delhi and later Akbar Elahabadi, Brij Narayan Chakbast and Anand Narayan Mulla, to name a few.

This track would have eminent judges, jurists and lawyers making us learn much more intimately about how Urdu shaped and impacted the judicial discourse and practice, and also sharing their own experience of the language.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Talk
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

URDU TAHZEEB KA HUSN-E-ZAIQA

@AliKhanMahmudabad, @DipaBagai and @PushpeshPant

Moderator: @AtiyaZaidi

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Open Forum
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fauzia Arshi: Ghazal Performance and CD Release

Ali Zaheer

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Theatre
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Nukkad Natak

Street Performance by Bigul

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Dastangoi
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

DASTANGOI
[DASTAN RAJA VIKRAM KE ISHQ KI]

@DarainShahidi and @PoonamGirdhani

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui and Produced by Anusha Rizvi

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ISHQIYA SHAYARI AUR SHRINGAR RAS KI KAVITA

@AbulKalamQasmi, @AmbarBahraichi, @AshokChakradhar and @SheenKaafNizam

Moderator: @FarhatEhsas

ISHQIYA SHAYARI AUR SHRINGAR RAS KI KAVITA

Love poetry has a well-established tradition both in Urdu and Hindi. However, while the Urdu love poetry draws inspirations from the Persian poetics, its Hindi counterpart is steeped in the Sanskrit tradition. The panelists in this track would discuss the defining features of both the traditions of love poetry and bring into focus their beauty of expression and depths of content, as also their points of convergence and divergence.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Open Forum
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

IZHAR-E-ISHQ AUR SHAYARI: SEASON 2
[WO FIRAAQ AUR WO VISAAL KAHAAN]

@DanishIqbal

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Poetry
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

KHAWATEEN KA Mushaira

Women poets' meet

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Open Forum
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Alfaaz Aapke, Aawaz Hamari

@RJSayema

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Poetry
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BAITBAAZI

A game of Urdu Poetry: Celebrating a Tradition

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

AALAMI BAZAAR MEIN HINDUSTANI ZABAANEIN

@AlokRai, @QaziAfzalHusain and @UdayPrakash

Moderator: @AnisurRahman

AALAMI BAZAAR MEIN HINDUSTANI ZABAANEIN

There is a growing realization among Indian authors that despite very high quality literature being written in different Indian languages, it fails to get due recognition, not only globally but in its own country as well, as the colonial legacy of the West and western literature being essentially dominant still continues in the rapidly globalizing world. This state of language-politics has found a very perceptive analysis in the post-colonial discourse.

The panelists who include eminent authors in Urdu, Hindi and English would dwell at length on the debate as it has evolved from the colonial era to our own time, and discuss what could be done to make a meaningful and effective intervention.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Poetry
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

TAMSEELI MUSHAIRA

Dramatic representation of a mushaira

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Humour
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hota Hai Shab-o-Roz Tamasha Mire Aage

@ZakirKhan

TREE LAWN [KUNJ-E-SUKHAN]
Music
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

MUSICAL RENDITION BY DIFFERENTLY-ABLED CHILDREN

Presented by Hosla Charitable Trust

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
Performance
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

URDU SUROÑ KA MAUSAM-E-BAHAAR

@AnnuKapoor with @RumyJafry

AUDITORIUM [DIWAN-E-KHAAS]
Discussion
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

GHALIB, HALI AND URDU RENAISSANCE

@IrtezaKarim, @SyedaSaiyidainHameed and @TaqiAbedi

Moderator: @SafdarImamQuadri

GHALIB, HALI AND URDU RENAISSANCE

The great poet that he was, Mirza Ghalib was also a great visionary, who is considered to be the first among Urdu moderns. His exceptionally sharp intellect led him to have an intuition of the material and intellectual changes that were lurking on the horizon under the impact of new knowledge and technology coming from the West, as early as the third decade of the 19th century. His vision must have been instrumental in leading his disciple, poet and critic Altaf Husain Hali and others including Mohd. Husain Azad towards a thorough review of the state of Urdu poetry and literary culture, and introduce new ideas and structures of thought, thereby setting in motion a process of literary and intellectual reconstruction that turned out to be a movement we now call the Urdu renaissance.

The panelists in the track would enlighten the audience on the intellectual influence of Mirza Ghalib and the contributions made by Hali and other Urdu modernists in reshaping the literary and intellectual narrative.

AMPHITHEATRE [BAZM-E-RAVAAN]
Music
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

SHAAM-E-GHAZAL

@SudeepBanerjee

STAGE LAWN [DIWAN-E-AAM]
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

AN EVENING OF SUFI MUSIC

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THE FESTIVAL

Jashn-e-Rekhta is a celebration of the spirit and eloquence of Urdu.  The festival is organized annually in Delhi, under the aegis of Rekhta Foundation – a non-profit organization for the promotion of Urdu language and culture.

The Foundation launched the website rekhta.org in 2013, which has since organically grown to become the largest online repository of Urdu poetry in the world. The website displays works of over 2,100 well-known and lesser known poets from the 13th century, to the present day and showcases over 25,000 Nazms and Ghazals in Persian, Devanagari and Roman scripts. It features a comprehensive dictionary with meanings of Urdu words at a click to facilitate reading of texts. Also, maintaining an ever-growing library of over 20,000 E-Books, over 4,500 audios and over 4,600 videos, the website features poets reciting their works and experts rendering them with remarkable competence.

Jashn-e-Rekhta – the 3 day annual festival aims to create the much required awareness and appreciation of a language born and evolved in the Indian sub-continent. It celebrates the multi-faceted nature of Urdu – its beauty and versatility. The festival explores the different elements and range of emotions as manifested through poetry, prose, drama, art, cinema and popular culture and includes performances, recitations, mushairas, panel discussions, debates, film screenings and exhibitions featuring leading writers, poets, artists, litterateurs, journalists and lyricists from India and elsewhere. Since its debut in 2015, the festival has grown to become one of the largest literary and cultural events with a footfall of 85,000 visitors in 2016. It garners an overwhelming response and appreciation with the support and participation of doyens of Urdu as well as people from the film, music and TV fraternity from across the globe.

Jashn-e-Rekhta, in its third edition will continue its efforts to keep Urdu alive in the public consciousness and we invite all to come and be a part of this Jashn with us and witness the many splendored facets of Urdu.

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