Jashn-e-Rekhta comes again with its 4th edition in Delhi at Major Chand National Stadium, India Gate, starting from Dec 8 to Dec 10. The passion and glory of Urdu will be up-scaled with varied performances in the form of singing, writing, reciting, speaking, dancing and other variations. The timeless heritage of the language Urdu made the 59-year-old, Sanjiv Saraf, the cultural entrepreneur and the businessman to present Rekhta.org website in January 2013 while building a huge collection to launch the festival after two years in 2015.
In the first edition of Rekhta, eminent Pakistani ghazal artists like Ustad Hamid Ali Khan were present to honor the stage and occasion. This year, unfortunately, there won’t be any artist due to the non-conducive environment, says Saraf. He explains further that Urdu is a sub-continental language and not a religion and the poet can be from any part of the world. The huge resource of the archive is the backbone of the foundation and to the festival with preserved 5,000 nazms and 30,000 ghazals.
This festival will be different by showcasing the works of both the stages, the upcoming new poets and the old well-established poets. Saraf believes that without the potential young participation, no literary measures can move ahead. Tanya Wells, famous for her performances inspired by Faiz Ahmad ghazals, is also a singer who is born and raised in London and will be the guest of honor this year in Jashn-e-Rekhta. Another new element in this event will be the performance of Parvaaz, a modern-day music band from Bangalore that will deliver the Urdu poetry by merging the rock music in it. RahatIndori, Javed Akhtar and other contemporary Urdu artists will be contributing their presence and work in the Mushaira.
The three-day event will be successful only by sharing the joy of the language Urdu by not just one but many, says Saraf. He started the website with little expectations but the success reached beyond the imagination. The entry to the festival is free after registration, which starts from 5 pm onwards on Dec 8 at Jash-e-Rekhta’s website.