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Jashn-e-NauBahar: Young Indian poets to recite verses in Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani at this mushaira

Young global poets of modern India give voice to their global language, at the first edition of Jashn-e- NauBahar in the Capital.

Updated: Jul 19, 2018 18:36:44

By Henna Rakheja

Audience engrossed in listening poems recited during Jashn-e-Bahar at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, early this year. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)

Mention the word ‘mushaira’ and the first visual that crosses the mind is of a group of veteran poets narrating their compositions. And many are left wondering if the younger generation has deserted the traditional shayari languages — Hindi, Urdu, Hindustanti? Wonder no more! To give a platform to the young crop of talented poets, the first edition of Jashn-e-NauBahar is being organised in the Capital. The event will also mark the 20 years of the annual mushaira, Jashn-e-Bahar, which sees participation from renowned, international poets.

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The list of participants in quite impressive, at Jashn-e-NauBahar, and includes young female poets such as Mudita Rastogi (Delhi) and Atirah Tahoor (Srinagar). There will also be Bollywood lyricist, Hussain Haidry (Mumbai) — whose video of him reciting his poem Hindustani Musalmaan on the stage at an event went viral on social media. “The concept of this event is very good. I have been part of Jashne-e-Bahar with senior poets, but this is the first time that I will be reciting in presence of the generation that is between 25 to 35 age group. These are the young voices, and are getting to recite in their language; like my language is Hindustani, which connects with public. What I will be reciting at this event will be some of the socio-political commentary, and some romantic poetry,” says Haidry, who has written songs for films such as Mukkabaaz (2017), Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017), Gurgaon (2017).

Bollywood lyricist Hussain Haidry will recite his verses at this mushaira.

The event is being organised in collaboration with Hindi Academy and Urdu Academy, Delhi. Kamna Prasad, founder, Jashn-e-Bahar Trust, says, “The youth of today thinks globally, and speak a mix of different languages. Their expressions, therefore, are also in a mixed language. Also, there’s hope in their poetry, which is beautiful; and we have to relate to that to remain relevant in every way. Like Shakespeare’s language isn’t spoken now, similarly I realised that it’s important to establish connect with young poets, and the way they express themselves; otherwise the gap that is thus created will be too much. The motto of the event remains to promote and preserve India’s composite culture.”

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Following the tradition of a mushaira — to invite the youngest poet first and the oldest later — will be the nazim (conductor) for the evening, Saif Mahmood. The 43-year-old Supreme Court advocate, who writes and often speaks for Urdu language, feels that the “metaphor” used by the young generation of poets today is very different. “Traditional connoisseurs of poetry might not even consider this as poetry; but it’s essential to incorporate it because not only their views but also the contours of their art needs a platform to be showcased. And, I will also talk in my introduction about why we must have this mushaira… People want to be heard, they don’t want to hear. That’s the problem with our generation! Unless you have read the classics of literature, you cannot have anyone writing with the correct perspective,” says Mahmood.



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What: Jashn-e-NauBahar Where: BS Abdur Rehman Auditorium, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi RoadWhen: July 20Timing: 6pm Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium on Violet Line

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First Published: Jul 19, 2018 18:36:20

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