Kaifi Aur Main is a theatrical tribute to the legendary poet, Kaifi Azmi, inspired by his wife, Shaukat Azmi’s memoirs of her husband. A spell-bound audience watched as Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar brought the times and trials of Kaifi Azmi alive through Kaifi Aur Main. The air was thick with emotions as we laughed and cried with them.
Gulzar, in his signature baritone voice, spoke about the nuances, the origin, the beauty and his love for the Urdu language. In the session named “Ye Kaisa Ishq Hai Urdu Zabaan Ka”, his recitation of his nazm – “Kitaabein”, rendered the audience spell-bound.
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.
NOVEMBER 1 2016
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