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Jash-e-Rekhta

If you have ever dab­bled in writ­ing love po­ems for that teenage crush, you will know that Urdu sha­yari was pos­si­bly the best way to ex­press the heady rush of oxy­tocin

in words. In case you want to brush up your skills and learn from the mas­ters—Ghalib, Zouk, Mir Taqi Mir or con­tem­po­rary word­smiths like Gulzar, John Elia, Wasim Barelvi and many oth­ers, head to Jashn-e-Rekhta. The fes­ti­val, now in its third edi­tion, brings a blend of a hid­den side of Urdu through its mushairas, baithaks, Das­tan­goi and lit­er­ary events. It is the per­fect date for those who live and love Urdu in any of it myr­iad forms.

FROM Fe­bru­ary 17 to 19 AT IGNCA, 11 Mans­ingh Road, Near Andhra Bha­van

DE­TAILS jash­nerekhta.org

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