Urdu poetry session enlivens Delhizens

Jashn-e-Adab Society for Poetry and Literature organised a three-day sufiana event over the weekend to celebrate poetry and literature in Urdu and Hindi.

Poets from India and across the border like Kunwar Bechain, Khushbir Singh Shaad, Muzaffar Abdali were among the big names who recited their most popular pieces of poetry during the sessions. The event was presided over by renowned poet from Pakistan, Mehmood Shaam.

On the last day of the event, the legendary poets regaled Delhizens with the best of Urdu poetry which had the audience asking for more. The renditions, some long,
some crisp, some romantic, lyrical and sombre succeeded in elevating the mood of
the audience.

A member of the audience Aamir Khan, who sat through the poetic session, said, “This is a very relaxed experience. I can just close my eyes and keep listening to them.
The constant ‘wah wahs’ make me feel like I am in 15th century Delhi.”

This was the fourth edition of Urdu poetry and mushaira organised by Jashn-e-Adab. It is a community dedicated solely towards celebrating poetry by organising poetry fests across the country. “We organise this festival as we enjoy Urdu, and this is done as a separate profession. This initiative is based on our passion solely,” says Piyush Shrivastav, joint secretary, Jashn-e-Adab.

‘Nayi Awaz, Naye Andaz’ one of the first seminars of the three-day event, hosted young poets from India and Pakistan with Dr Peerzada Qasim presiding over the session, where young poets read out their compositions.

Encouraging the younger talent in the event, Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, secretary Jashn-e-Adab said, “These young ones have new thoughts and may lack experience. Hence, it is important for those adept at the art, to enlighten these younger minds, by sharing experience and knowledge.”

“They have just started and their thoughts are sketchy. Soon the colours of experience will fill these sketches,” he said.

The festival also sought the involvement of non-Muslims in promoting Urdu literature. ‘Role of Writers, Poets and Critics in balancing the society’ was panelled by Ashok Vajpeyi, Peerzada Qasim, Dr Shamim Hanfi, Kishwar Naheed and Farhat Ehsaas. The panellists discussed with audience how puritan Urdu and Hindi literature is being
diluted by translations and bad syntax.

The other two days, witnessed lively mushairas by eminent poets like Tajinder Singh Luthra, Fazil Jamili, Bharat Bhushan Pant, Khushbir Singh Shaad etc. Also a seminar called ‘Role of Journalism in Balancing the Society’ was held by Rahul Dev, Fazil Jamili, Saeed Naqvi, Sharat Pradhan and Syed Faisal Ali.

The award felicitation ceremony awarded Dr Peerzada Qasim with Jashn-e-Adab Award 2015 and Shaan-e-Urdu Award 2015. Kamna Prasad received Pasban-e-Adab Award and Uday Pratap Singh received Shaan-e-Hindi Award.

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