ROMANCING URDU VERSES

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - An­jali Thakur

Noth­ing brings de­light to a lit­er­ary lover’s life like a an event ded­i­cated to Urdu po­etry does.

Held on Fri­day evening in Delhi, Mushaira Jashn-eBa­har 2017 saw an at­ten­dance of over a thou­sand peo­ple as po­ets from over 15 coun­tries re­galed the au­di­ence with their sha­yari. These in­cluded Basir Kazmi from the United King­dom, Javed Dan­ish from Canada, and Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah from the United States. Of these, So Ya­mane, a poet from Ja­pan, caught ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion as he re­cited his verses in flaw­less Urdu.

It was against the back­drop of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s sha­yari, writ­ten in late artist MF Hus­sain’s cal­lig­ra­phy, that the cou­plets set the mood for the evening. Politi­cians Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah, Sha­trughan Sinha, and Na­jma Hep­tulla, lyri­cist Javed Akhtar were seen at the event.

PHO­TOS: PRABHAS ROY/HT

Javed Akhtar and Man­soor Us­mani

Poonam Kan­war

Jas­bir Jassi and Har­vansh Chawla; Kamna Prasad (right)

Sha­trughan Sinha

Na­jma Hep­tulla

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