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Jashn-e-Adab: A melting pot of culture

The 11th edition of the festival will begin from March 25. The three-day event will see eminent personalities, such as Pankaj Tripathi, Jasbir Jassi, Rajesh Tailang, Ustad Ahmed Hussain, Madan Mohan Mishra ‘Danish’ and Dr. Uma Sharma, among others.

Junaid Sultani performs qawwali at one of the previous edition of the show. (Picture for representation purpose only)

With the idea to create awareness, help and honour artists, as well as attract youth towards Indian culture, Jashn-e-Adab Sahityotsava was started in Delhi. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebrations could not take place at a grand scale in 2021. But now, as the Delhi Government has lifted restrictions, Delhiites will experience a taste of Indian art, literature and culture. The 11th edition of Jashn-e-Adab Sahityotsava is set to take place at the India International Centre between March 25-27 from 10.30 am to 8 pm.

Highlighting about the event, Ranjeet Chauhan, Founder, Jashn-e-Adab Sahityotsava, says, “It celebrates language, culture and values. It promises to provide an enriching experience and brings together presentations from Indian art, literature and culture on one platform.”

This year’s edition will feature eminent personalities from theatre, music, drama, poetry, dance and cinema. There will be classical dance, ghazals, qawwalis, kavi samellans, nukkad nataks, mushairas, dramas, a tradition game of Urdu poetry like Antakshri and panel discussions on theatre and cinemas, among other things, in this year’s line-up of events.

Ranjeet explains, “It will bring Hindustani art in varied languages. For instance, in Urdu, fiction writers, such as Khalid Jawed and Shahnaz Anjum will participate. In Hindi, Dr Sachidanand Joshi, Bhupinder Singh Luthra, Dr Om Nishchal, Justice Shabihul Hasnain Shastri, Ajay Chowdhury and Sameer Anjaan, among others will be there. In Punjabi, we have invited Jasbir Jassi, but people will see a different version of him which will be towards the folk art.”

Since March 27 happens to be the World Theatre Day, Arvind Gaur’s theatre group will present a drama to commemorate the occasion.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi will participate in a panel discussion on March 27. (Picture courtesy: Instagram)

“I feel theatre is the only medium that connects with the audience directly and impacts them. We have also organised a panel discussion with Bollywood actors Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadha and Rajesh Tailang on the World Theatre Day. Nautanki and nukkad nataks will also take place during the three-day event,” he shares.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will witness a few changes in the event’s format. “Only 2,000 people will be able to attend this year, unlike other editions, where 50,000 people were able to attend the festival over the course of three days. Also, we would only be hosting two sessions simultaneously instead of three to manage the crowd,” he says.

The event will also see performances of Santosh Anand (poet and lyricist), Dr. Sachidanand Joshi (poet, playwright – Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Mohd. Hussain (ghazal singers) Quaiser Khalid and Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan (Urdu poet), Shariq Kaifi and Madan Mohan Mishra ‘Danish’ (poet), Dr. Uma Sharma (Kathak dancer), Radhika Nanday (singer), Naina Soin Kapil, Meena Khan and Renu Hussain (poetess), Nirupama Kotru (cinema enthusiast and writer) and Shakeel Ahmad (ghazal singer), among others.

The entry to the show is free. So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar so that you do not miss the performance of your favourite artiste.

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