Sep 17, 2013

Celebrating Dilli’s most loved language...

New Delhi, Sept 17, 2013: Delhi’s favorite poet ‘Ghalib’ still speaks to its citizens in this tongue and some of this city’s most cherished cultural traits are defined by it. Urdu, the language of the lovers and the word of poets keeps Delhi connected to its glorious past.

Delhi needs no reason to revisit its love for Urdu “Virasat”, yet Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in conjugation with the Urdu Academy are giving us one – the Urdu Heritage Festival that will lighten up the Red Fort grounds this week.

One can see & fee that Delhi is becoming the cultural capital of India.  It is the Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit’s efforts to take regular initiatives in this regard.

From September 20-24, the Historical Lal Qila will come to alive with a series of exhibitions, recitals and programmes highlighting the rich cultural heritage spawned by Urdu in the city.

The festival will be replete with cultural events, food delights, book exhibition, calligraphic displays, sufiana kalams and ghazal renditions that will bring together the lovers of Urdu.  The five-day festival will also feature an ‘All India Mushaira’ that will bring together some of the most popular Urdu poets of the country and evenings full of melodious ghazals by singers of the like of Bhupinder & Mitali, Zila Khan, Aslam Sabri, Anita Singhvi.

Another very interesting feature of the festival will be a play on the life and times of ‘Ghalib’, the great Urdu poet whose writings have inspired many. The play will see renowned actor Tom Alter essay the eponymous role of the legendary poet.  The dying form of Urdu Poetry “Chaar Bait” will also be presented in its traditional form.

“When you talk about Delhi, the culture spun around this beautiful language is spoken of in the same breath. Urdu is a representative of Delhi as much as is the Red Fort. It is this inviolable link that we desire to highlight through this festival that will resonate from the bylanes of Chandni Chowk to the rest of the city,” says Anis Azmi.

The festival will feature Qawwali performances by Aslam Sabri and Nasir Sabri, Ghazal recitals by Bhupinder and Mitali, Anwar Hussain, Zila Khan and Anita Singhvi. The last day of the festival will showcase a special tribute to Malka-e-Ghazal Begum Akhtar, in the form of Daastan Goi by Vidya Shah (singer) and Danish Hussain (narrator).

The festival will also feature cultural performances by Delhi’s youth from schools and colleges daily, besides exhibitions on Urdu books, calligraphy, handicrafts, programs magic shows, puppet shows, kite flying and traditional food stalls and mouth watering dishes.

About Urdu Academy

Urdu Academy has been established for the promotion, propagation & development of Urdu Language, Literature  and its culture in Delhi. With a view to promote Urdu lingual culture and encourage exchange of ideas and experiences, it organizes seminars, mushaira and other cultural programs. It also provides financial assistance to publish the works of Urdu writers and scholarship to Urdu students. It also distribute books to Urdu medium schools and libraries.

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