Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023 Programme

Programme subject to change*

Day 1

friday, 8th DECEMBER

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5:00 PM Onwards

REGISTRATION opens

Mehfil-Khana

Inaugural Speech by Sanjiv Saraf - Founder, Rekhta Foundation
Followed by Launch of Rekhta Learning

by Sanjiv Saraf & Huma Khalil, Trustee - Rekhta Foundation

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Join us at Jashn-e-Rekhta for the inaugural speech by Sanjiv Saraf, Founder of Rekhta Foundation. The event will also witness the launch of Rekhta Learning by Sanjiv Saraf and Huma Khalil, Trustee of Rekhta Foundation. A celebration of Urdu language and culture awaits!

Mehfil-Khana

INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE
GHAZAL | SUFI | RECITATION

by Javed Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj & Rekha Bhardwaj

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Bhardwaj and Javed Akhtar, coming together for a mesmerizing inaugural performance at Jashn-e-Rekhta. Brace yourself for a power-packed evening as these icons grace the stage, promising an unforgettable start to the cultural celebration.

Day 2

saturday, 9th DECEMBER

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  • 11:00 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 12:30 PM
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  • 3:00 PM
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  • 8:00 PM
  • 8:30 PM
  • 9:00 PM
10:00 AM Onwards

REGISTRATION opens

Mehfil-Khana A cultural extravaganza

Bazm-e-Khayaal A gathering of Literati

Dayaar-e-Izhaar Expressions of art forms

SUKHAN-ZAAR Unplugged & unheard

SUKHAN-ZAAR
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

BOOK DISCUSSION: REKHTA PUBLICATIONS

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BOOK DISCUSSION: ANDAZ-E-BAYAN AUR

SANJIV SARAF with KHALID ALVI

Watch Sanjiv Saraf and Khalid Alvi in a book discussion on "Andaz-e-Bayan Aur." Uncover the intricacies of expression and explore the art of articulation in this session.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

URDU & HINDI – QURBATEIN AUR FAASLE

GEETANJALI SHREE
RAHMAN ABBAS in conversation with SEEMA CHISHTI

Celebrating the richness of languages with Urdu & Hindi - Qurbatein Aur Faasle. This session bridges distances and showcases the cultural proximity of Urdu and Hindi, inviting enthusiasts to explore the interconnected tapestry of linguistic expressions. Join us in this interesting session and discover our linguistic diversity!

Mehfil-Khana
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SECULARISM & URDU POETRY

JAVED AKHTAR in conversation with SAIF MAHMOOD

Javed Akhtar, a steadfast participant in Jashn-e-Rekhta, continues his legacy this year as well. Engage in an insightful session where the legendary poet Javed Akhtar joins a conversation with Saif Mahmood and talk about a progressive approach towards Urdu poetry.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MASTERCLASS: URDU POETRY APPRECIATION

ABHISHEK SHUKLA
MAHENDER KUMAR SANI

Join a LIVE masterclass at Jashn-e-Rekhta to explore the nuances of Urdu poetry appreciation. Discover the beauty of this art form, learn, and engage with fellow Urdu enthusiasts in an enriching experience.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SUFI VIOLIN INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE – MELODIOUS NOTES OF SUFI

USTAD ASGHAR HUSSAIN & TROUPE

Watch Ustad Asghar Hussain & Troupe weaving a symphony of soulful notes, echoing the essence of Sufi mysticism. Join us for an evening where strings narrate tales and captivate hearts.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

KHULI NASHIST: AN OPEN HOUSE OF URDU POETRY

Explore the heart of Urdu poetry at Jashn-e-Rekhta's annual Open Mic, fostering a vibrant platform for emerging poets. Join us as we celebrate the richness of poetic expressions together.

Mehfil-Khana
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12:30 PM- 1:30 PM

ZINDAGI AUR SHAYARI LIFE IN POETRY

MUZAFFAR ALI
MEERA ALI

Witness a beautiful fusion of poetry and art and films in "Zindagi aur Shayari - Life in Poetry" with Muzaffar Ali and Meera Ali at Jashn-e-Rekhta. Watch these maestros paint, engage in insightful discussions on films, textiles and revel in soul-stirring poetry.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

PROGRESSIVISM IN URDU POETRY: URDU MEIN TARAQQI PASAND RUJHAANAAT

GAUHAR RAZA
NAJMA REHMANI
ANWAR PASHA
SUHAIL AKHTAR (MODERATOR)

Witness the powerful expressions of protest poetry in Urdu. This session at Jashn-e-Rekhta explore the depth of emotions and convictions woven into the fabric of Urdu literature, showcasing the resonating voices of dissent and resilience. Explore the profound impact of protest poetry in Urdu at this enlightening session.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

HAMARE NAGHMON KI JAAN URDU

VARUN GROVER & SWANAND KIRKIRE in conversation with NAGHMA SAHAR

Discover the essence of Urdu melodies in 'Hamare Naghmon Ki Jaan Urdu' with lyricists Varun Grover and Swanand Kirkire, in conversation with Naghma Sahar. Join us for an informative session at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023, where this duo's presence promises a delightful exploration of the soulful tunes that echo the beauty of the Urdu language and culture.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

AAWAAZON KA NAYA AASMAAN: SURON KE NAYE SITARE
MIRACLES IN MAKING: SURGING SINGING STARS

SHAHZAN MUJEEB
MANSA
DR. HAIDER SAIF
KUSHAGRA JOSHI

Discover the world of emerging musical talents in "Aawaazon Ka Naya Aasmaan" at Jashn-e-Rekhta. This session is a testament to the festival's commitment to fostering new stars and celebrating the magic of evolving voices. Join us in this musical journey at Jashn-e-Rekhta and witness the miracles in the making.

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

KAHAANI SE KIRDAAR TAK: URDU’S AESTHETICS & PRESENCE IN THE AUDIO-VISUAL MEDIA

SUDHIR MISHRA & ANURAG KASHYAP in conversation with ATIKA FAROOQUI

An exciting session awaits your visit to Jashn-e-Rekhta. Witness the charm of Urdu's role in visual stories, discussing its beauty and lasting influence in the exciting world of movies and TV. Join us to watch Sudhir Mishra & Anurag Kashyap talk about Urdu's Aesthetics and presence in the Audio-Visual Media along with Atika Farooqui.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

QISSAGOI: A LOST STORY OF URDU REVIVED & NARRATED IN A DRAMATIC RECITATION

SALEEM SHAH

In his act, Saleem Shah breathes life into forgotten Urdu tales through dramatic narration in "Qissagoi." Unfolding a lost story with compelling flair, Shah's performance weaves a spellbinding narrative that resonates deeply with the audience. Join us for an evening of revived storytelling and theatrical brilliance.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

ISHQ KA SAFAR

AAMIR AZHER KHAN

Taking you on a poetic journey through time with Aamir Azher Khan at Jashn-e-Rekhta. From Tehzeeb Hafi to Wali Dakni, Aamir explores the nuances of Ishq in Shayari, unraveling the richness of love and emotions woven by poets across different eras.

Mehfil-Khana
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SUR SAAZ SITAR

Sitar Maestro USTAAD SHUJAAT KHAN

In the upcoming Jashn-e-Rekhta, maestro Shujaat Hussain Khan graces the stage for "Sur Saaz Sitar." With his unparalleled mastery over the sitar, Khan promises to transport the audience into a realm of melodic bliss. Witness a performance that captures the true essence of musical brilliance and leaves souls mesmerised.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

URDU SHAYARI KE DHANAK RANG: DRAMATIC RECITATION & SINGING

KAMNA PRASAD
MINU BAKSHI

This beautiful session not only celebrates Urdu's richness, but also introduces innovative ways to foster love for the language, enriching the audience with dynamic recitations and soulful singing. Join us to watch this dramatic recitation and singing by Minu Bakshi & Kamna Prasad.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TARJUMA: HAASIL AUR LA-HAASIL – LOST AND FOUND IN TRANSLATION

YAQOOB YAWAR
ATHER FAROOQUI
A NASEEB KHAN
MAAZBIN BILAL (MODERATOR)

Join Yaqoob Yawar, Athar Farooqui, A Naseeb Khan, and Maazbin Bilal in unraveling the intricacies and revelations of language translation. Discover the challenges and nuances in decoding lost and found meanings as they dive into the deapth of linguistic exploration at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023.

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

QAWWALI

SABRI BROTHERS

Prepare for an unforgettable experience with the soulful Qawwali by the Sabri Brothers at Jashn-e-Rekhta! This celebration of the profound art of Qawwali guarantees to deeply resonate, capturing hearts with its powerful performance. Immerse yourself in the magic and rediscover the beauty of this art form.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TANISI TAHREEREIN: MUTABADIL AWAZEIN – FEMINIST WRITINGS: ALTERNATIVE VOICES

SARWAT KHAN
SHEHNAAZ NABI
NAIMA JAFRI PASHA
in conversation with SHAGUFTA YASMEEN

A literary journey with "Tanisi Tahereein: Mutabadil Awazein" at Jashn-e-Rekhta awaits your presence. Explore feminist writings through the insightful voices of Sarwat Khan, Shahnaaz Nabi, Naima Jafri Pasha alongwith Shagufta Yasmeen. Engage in a meaningful dialogue on diverse perspectives and alternative narratives.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

HUMOURBAAZ: LITERARY SOIREE OF HUMOUR & SATIRE

A Solo Play by REHMAN KHAN

In the hilarious solo play, "Humourbaaz," Rehman Khan masterfully meshes literary humour and satire, creating an engaging performance that promises to tickle the audience's funny bone. With wit and charm, Khan's delivery ensures a delightful experience, making each moment a comedic gem in this not-to-be-missed theatrical affair.

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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

REKHTA MUSHAIRA

WASEEM BARELVI
JAVED AKHTAR
IQBAL ASHHAR
NUSRAT MEHDI
MINU BAKSHI
ABRAR KASHIF
ADIL MUSTAQEEM
MANISH SHUKLA
AALOK SHRIVASTAV
NADEEM SHAD
IRSHAD KHAN SIKANDAR
QAISER KHALID

Rekhta Mushaira stands as the crowning jewel of Jashn-e-Rekhta celebration, drawing poets from across the globe to weave the magic of their words. The energy within the confines of Major Dhyan Chand Stadium is stunning, leaving an unforgettable mark on the hearts of all fortunate enough to experience its beautiful ambience.

Day 3

sunday, 10th DECEMBER

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  • 11:00 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 4:15 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 5:45 PM
  • 6:00 PM
  • 6:15 PM
  • 6:30 PM
  • 7:00 PM
  • 7:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM
  • 8:30 PM
  • 9:00 PM
10:00 AM Onwards

REGISTRATION opens

Mehfil-Khana A cultural extravaganza

Bazm-e-Khayaal A gathering of Literati

Dayaar-e-Izhaar Expressions of art forms

SUKHAN-ZAAR Unplugged & unheard

SUKHAN-ZAAR
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

BOOK DISCUSSION: REKHTA PUBLICATIONS

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

THE LATE MUGHAL POET-PRINCES

WILLIAM DALRYMPLE In Conversation with NAVTEJ SARNA

Time to gain some great insights into the cultural legacy of the Mughal era. Explore narratives that echo through the ages, offering a deep understanding of this historical journey at the upcoming Jashn-e-Rekhta session, "The Late Mughal Poet-Princes."

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

URDU KE CHAAK PAR CHEHRON KI MITTI – REINVENTING SELF THROUGH URDU

DR. VIKAS DIVYAKIRTI
RJ NAVED
SHAZMA & SOHA
KARAN TORANI

Explore the dynamic influence of Urdu with Dr. Vikas Divyakirti, RJ Naved, Shazma & Soha, and Karan Torani as they discuss the reinvention of self through the lens of Urdu. Discover how this timeless language is seamlessly embraced and adapted by influencers worldwide, reflecting the universal allure of its expressions and sentiments.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

BAHAR-E-NAGHMA: GHAZAL SINGING & RECITATION

SUPRIYA JOSHI
MOIN SHADAB

Indulge in a musical odyssey at Jashn-e-Rekhta. Watch Supriya Joshi harmonize with the poignant recitation of Moin Shadab, ensuring an enchanting evening filled with lyrical magic. Join us for a celebration where melodies and verses unite to create an unforgettable experience.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

KHULI NASHIST: AN OPEN HOUSE OF URDU POETRY

Explore the heart of Urdu poetry at Jashn-e-Rekhta's annual Open Mic, fostering a vibrant platform for emerging poets. Join us as we celebrate the richness of poetic expressions together.

Mehfil-Khana
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11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DASTAN-E-MEER: CELEBRATING 300 YEARS OF MEER TAQI MEER

MAHMOOD FAROOQUI
DARAIN SHAHIDI

Taking you on a journey through time with Dastan-e-Meer, as Jashn-e-Rekhta commemorates 300 years of Meer Taqi Meer. Join us in honoring the legacy of this literary maestro, a heartfelt celebration that promises to etch memorable moments in the hearts of our audience.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

URDU IN LAW, ADMINISTRATION AND MEDIA

TAHIR MAHMOOD
NAJEEB JUNG & SALMA SULTAN in conversation with QURBAN ALI

Explore the dynamic influence of Urdu in law, administration, and media at the upcoming Jashn-e-Rekhta session. Watch this discussion and understand the intricate connection between Urdu and these diverse realms, showcasing its vibrant presence in various facets of society.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

QISSA SHAHJAHANABAD KA: MUSIC, POETRY & STORYTELLING

DR. SYEDA HAMEED
RENE SINGH
LOKESH JAIN

A cultural tale of Shahjahanabad awaits at Jashn-e-Rekhta. Watch the harmonious blend of music, poetry, and storytelling, unfolding the stories and essence of Shahjahanabad and explore Delhi's heritage through the lens of Dr. Syeda Hameed, Rene Singh & Lokesh Jain.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

MASTERCLASS & LIVE CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

AZEEM HAIDER

Let's get ready to witness the artistic world of Urdu at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023. Learn the art of Urdu calligraphy in a live masterclass by Azeem Haidar from Lucknow, adding a unique touch to the celebration of Urdu's rich cultural heritage and artistic expressions.

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5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

GHAZAL-SARA

PRITHVI GANDHARV
PRIYANKA BARVE

Join the melodic journey with Priyanka Barve and Prithvi Gandharv at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023, where Ghazal's timeless charm resonates. In this beautiful session, experience the seamless blend of voices echoing the soulful verses, creating a harmonious celebration of Urdu poetry in the form of Ghazal-Sarai.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

MEER DARIYA HAI: CELEBRATING 300 YEARS OF MEER TAQI MEER

SHAFEY KIDWAI & FARHAT EHSAS in Conversation with SARFARAZ KHALID

Catch Farhat Ehsas & Shafey Kidwai live in conversation with Sarfaraz Khalid in a specially curated session, "Meer Dariya Hai," honoring 300 years of Meer Taqi Meer's legacy. Join us in commemorating the poetic brilliance that transcends eras, offering a glimpse into the profound wisdom of one of Urdu literature's luminaries.

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BAZM-E-NAU-BAHAR: YOUNG POETS MUSHAIRA

AZHAR NAWAZ, FAISAL FEHMI, HARSHIT MISHRA, HINA ABBAS, PALLAV MISHRA , PRIYAMVADA ILHAAN, SALMAN SAEED, SHEERAZ KHAN, UBAID NAJEEBABADI

Bazm-e-Nau-Bahar unfolds as a poetic haven, gracefully nurturing the voices of young poets. This cherished tradition at Jashn-e-Rekhta, gently weaves emerging verses into the festival's vibrancy, creating a harmonious celebration of Urdu poetry's evolving nature.

SUKHAN-ZAAR
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

IZHAR-E-ISHQ: AN INTERACTIVE SESSION ON LOVE EXPERIENCES

SAIF MAHMOOD

Join Saif Mahmood in "Izhar-e-Ishq," an interactive session at the upcoming Jashn-e-Rekhta. Explore the nuances of love experiences in a candid dialogue. A sincere and straightforward conversation about love awaits you. Don't miss this engaging session.

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

EKJUTE’S – WITH LOVE, AAPKI SAIYAARA

A Play Conceptualized by NADIRA ZAHEER BABBAR. Written, Directed & Enacted by JUHI BABBAR SONI.

Juhi Babbar Soni's "With Love, Aapki Saiyaara" by Ekjute portrays the resilience of women in society. The play beautifully depicts Saiyaara's journey, showcasing her strength and determination to navigate societal challenges while maintaining her dignity. A poignant exploration of a woman's unbeatable spirit, this theatrical experience is a celebration of resilience.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

MASTERCLASS: BURE SHER KI CHAAR KHOOBIYAN

SALMAN AKHTAR
PERVAIZ ALAM

Attend an engaging session - Bure Sher Ki Chaar Khoobiyan with Salman Akhtar, an author & professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Pervaiz Alam, the well known writer, journalist, producer, director & broadcaster!

Dayaar-e-Izhaar
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4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: NOOR JEHAN – A DANCE & POETRY ODYSSEY RESONATING ACROSS TIMES

SHINJINI KULKARNI
DANISH IQBAL
SUPPORTING CAST

Celebrate the timeless legacy of Noor Jehan in the session "The Light of The World" at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023. Her voice echoes through the ages, beautifully represented in a Dance & Poetry Odyssey. Join us for a tribute that resonates with the everlasting charm of Noor Jehan's singing.

Bazm-e-Khayaal
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ZABAAN DARAZ: AN URDU COMEDY PLAY

Written & Adapted by F S SHEERANI, Directed by MUZAMMIL HAYAT BHAWANI

Get ready for a laughter journey as FS Sheerani and his troupe showcase "Zabaan Daraz," a delightful Urdu comedy play at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023. This entertaining performance guarantees a mix of clever wit and humor, ensuring a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the audience. Don't miss this fun-filled linguistic treat!

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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FOLK FUSION BAND: INDIAN OCEAN

RAHUL RAM & TROUPE

Feel the beats as the mesmerizing Indian Ocean band takes the stage at Jashn-e-Rekhta 2023. Their performance weaves together the tapestry of tradition and modernity, creating a memorable musical journey. Join us for a rhythmic celebration that resonates with the soul of India.

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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MI RAQSAM: AN EVENING OF SUFI MUSIC

JAVED ALI

Experience the soul-stirring essence of Sufi Night at Jashn-e-Rekhta with Javed Ali. His heartfelt melodies promise to weave an unforgettable tapestry, creating a night where music transcends boundaries and connects hearts. Join us for a spiritual journey filled with timeless tunes and harmonious resonance.

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