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Dubai is all set to host the world’s largest Urdu literary festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta, at Zabeel Park from January 27-28. The festival, celebrating the spirit of the Urdu language, promises two days of engaging activities, including poetry, talk shows, ghazals, storytelling, and many more.
Day 1 Highlights
The festival kicks off on January 27 at 1.30 pm with a panel discussion titled ‘Urdu Tehzeeb aur Rishton ki Lazzat Ki Lazzat’ featuring Bollywood lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, Pakistani human rights activist Arfa Sayeda Zehra, and Adeel Hashmi. The day continues with a stage rendition of Ismat Chughtai’s Urdu play ‘Dozakh’ and a soul-stirring Sufi concert by Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan. The evening concludes with ‘Raqs-e-Naa Tammam,’ portraying the life of legendary singer Noor Jehan, and a session of enchanting Sufi music titled ‘Shab-e Rafta.’
Day 2 Highlights
The second day features a talk show with Pakistan’s iconic couple Sameena Peerzada and Usmaan Peerzada, followed by an interactive session ‘Kahaani se Kirdaar Tak’ with Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, Indian actress Shabana Azmi, and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The day continues with a unique project ‘Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaau’n,’ featuring Javed Akhtar, Meiyang Chang, and Jahnvi Shrimankar. The grand finale is the international mushaira ‘Gehan aur Dhoop’ showcasing acclaimed poets.
Jashn-e-Rekhta, founded by Sanjiv Saraf, celebrates the Urdu language’s richness and diversity. The festival promises a cultural fusion, weaving Urdu’s essence into the cosmopolitan fabric of Dubai. Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Co-existence, the festival aims to transcend political divides and foster connections through the universal language of poetry and shared cultural heritage.
Cultural Unity in Dubai
Dubai, known for its cosmopolitan character and global events, embraces the Urdu-speaking community. Jashn-e-Rekhta in Dubai is a beacon of cultural unity, promoting Urdu as a popular medium of speech. The festival reflects Dubai’s Urdu Renaissance, hosting more mushairas than any other place globally.
With an expected turnout of 15,000, including visitors from India and Pakistan, the festival offers diverse culinary delights at Aiwan-e-Zaiqa Food Bazaar, featuring Indian, Pakistani, Arabic, and other cuisines. Participants can explore Rekhta’s Urdu Bazaar, showcasing art, handicrafts, merchandise, books, and more.
Tickets, priced at Dh75, include the Zabeel Park entry fee and can be purchased on the Platinum list. Jashn-e-Rekhta in Dubai promises to add another layer to the city’s vibrant cultural tapestry, celebrating the universal language of Urdu.
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