A Forum for Urdu and Hindi Literature
Launched in July 2003, Hindustani Awaaz, in collaboration with the India International Centre, has been presenting a series of programmes on Popular Literature. The series of events listed below, conceptualized by Rakhshanda Jalil, seeks to highlight the wit, humour, satire, short story writing, romantic poetry, patriotic verses and theatre of Urdu and Hindi literatures. In doing so, it also hopes to position and promote the rich tradition of spoken Hindustani.
An Evening of Urdu Poetry: Revisiting the Greats
19th July, Saturday, Auditorium
Recitations from Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Iqbal, Faiz, Majaz.
Recitations by Zohra Segal (theatre person), Saeed Naqvi (journalist) and Gauhar Raza (social activist and poet). Chaired by Prof. Mushirul Hasan who also introduced the series.
Satirical Verses: Tracing the Tradition of Wit and Humour
2nd August, Saturday, Conference Room
Recitations from Pitras Bukhari, Akbar Ilahabadi, Ibn-e-Insha, Nazir Akbarabadi, Raja Mehndi Ali Khan, Harishankar Parsai, Sharad Joshi, Gyan Chaturvedi, and Nagarjun. Chaired by Ashok Vajpeyi. Recitations by Vinod Dua (mediaperson), Mujtaba Husain (Urdu writer) and Gauhar Raza (social activist and poet).
Dilli ki Nayi Shama: In the Poets’ Own Words
20th September, Saturday, IIC Fountain Lawn
Recitations by Balraj Komal, Makhmoor Saeedi, Farhat Ehsas and Obaid Siddiqui.
Sadaarat by Shri Jagmohan, MP.
from Hindi and Urdu Short Stories Readings
11th October, Saturday, Auditorium
Readings from Manto, Krishan Chander, Krishna Baldev Vaid among others by Ghazala Amin (media person), Ashok Vajpeyi (Hindi writer and poet), Mujtaba Husain (Urdu writer) and Anwar Ahmad Khan (broadcaster, AIR). Chair: Prof. Mushirul Hasan.
Leela ke Lakh Rang: The many manifestations of Kanhaiya in popular Urdu literature
18th October, Saturday, Rose Garden
Recitations from The Geeta by A. R. Shervani (Member, National Commission for Minorities); readings from Nazir Akbarabadi, Hasrat Mohani and others by Saeed Naqvi (journalist); short story reading by Tariq Chhatari (Urdu writer); and recital in thumri style by Vidya Rao (classical vocalist).
Chair: Dr Karan Singh
Bridging the Hindi-Urdu Divide: A Panel Discussion
21 November, Friday
Discussants: Prof Asghar Wajahat, Prof-in-Charge, Mass Communications Research Center, and Professor, Dept of Hindi, Jamia Millia Islamia; Prof Shamim Hanafi, Dept of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia; and Shri Devinder Issar, Freelance writer. Chair: Prof Namwar Singh.
Short presentations on: The Use of Devnagri vs Pharsee Rasmul Khat; The Role of the Hindi Press in popularizing Urdu; and The Role of Translations.
Lo Phir Basant Aayi
4 February 2004, Wednesday, Auditorium
Readings from Nazir Akbarabadi, Insha Allah Khan Insha, Munshi Dwarka Parshad, Amanat Lukhnowi, Benazir Shah, Nashoor Wahidi, Nazir Ludhianvi and others on the occasion of Basant by Obaid Siddiqui (film-maker, broadcaster); followed by Songs of Basant sung by Vidya Rao.
An Evening with Ahmad Faraz
28th August 2004, Saturday, Conference Room
Eminent poet, Ahmad Faraz, from
in conversation with Saeed Naqvi and Akhilesh Mittal. Pakistan
Ghalib: His Life, His Times
9-17th September 2004
Week-long festival spanning: Exhibition on the life and period of the poet curated by Rakhshanda Jalil; Readings from his letters by Habib Tanvir; Talk on the Delhi of his age by Prof Mushirul Hasan; “Dilli ka Khana” theme dinner on the cuisine of that period; Shaam-e-Ghazal featuring renditions of Ghalib’s ghazals.
Urdu Drama by Visiting Troupe from
IIC & Sahitya Academy
23 November 2005
Talk: Ghalib’s Greatest Ghazals: What Makes them Great?
By Prof. Frances Pritchett, Professor of Modern Indic Languages and Cultures,
3 November 2006
Mushaira featuring young upcoming Urdu poets in the IIC Fountain Lawns.
Talk on the Mushaira Tradition of
Venue: IIC Auditorium
Followed by re-enactment of The Last Mushaira of Delhi which took place in the court of Bahadurshah Zafar and is referred to as Dilli ki Aakhri Shama.