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Bhopal: Jashn-e-Urdu captivates citizens, stirs literary world, Urdu circles in Madhya Pradesh

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: The Urdu literary festival, Jashn-e-Urdu, has stirred the literary scene in Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh.

The success of the three day fest, especially, the manner in which people participated and the sessions were choc a bloc with audience, has once again shown that there is tremendous passion among people towards language and literature, and just good organising capacity is needed.

From holding performing arts and contests to literary discussions and unique performance of 'chahaar bait' [chaar bait], the festival which continued for three days, created an impact on the literary scene of Bhopal, and is now an important fixture in the literary calendar of Central India.

Jashn-e-Urdu was a success in the sense that not just elders and middle aged but youth, teens and children were part of it. One of the most unique aspect was the way, teens dressed as Ghalib, Mir and Firaq were found moving around in the midst of the crowd. Rizwanuddin Farooqui informed that books were sold and even unique things like Urdu calligraphy items ranging from cards to bookmarks, were sought after.

'Open mike' session was really important. Youth and children had registered in advance and recited. Former Member of Parliament Alok Sanjar was present and praised the event. Youngsters had put up their calligraphy work and were present with their ustaads, said Abid Hussain, who attended the fest.

Eminent poet Budr Waasti had conducted and presided over many events. 'Bait baazi' had students from different colleges and institutions were part of it. Among hosts, Rushda Jameel's eloquence and manner of presentation, enchanted the audience. Of course, there was also mushaira. But one of the most important aspect wast that people from non Urdu background came and bought Urdu calligraphy items, attended open mike, heard the literary talks and watched Chaar Bait. 

The Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy had organised this event. It is the fourth year when the Jash was organised. Nusrat Mehdi is the head of the Academy. Also, seminar, talaash e jauhar, many other aspects, Sufi dance and the programme of music, were held during this fest. It was the fourth such Jashn e Urdu in Bhopal. 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.