Inaugural, Award Felicitation Ceremony and Ghazal Singing
‘Aye ehl-e-zamaana qadr karo, nayaab na hon kaamyaab hain hum’
Basking in the joy of festivities and culture, ‘Jashn-e-Adab’, the poetry society, was back this year with its 6th Annual Poetry Festival held at the India International Centre. Aimed at creating an Urdu and Hindi cultural ambience, Jashn-e-Adab began its three-day poetry festival on 17th March 2017 and observed the presence of many literary dignitaries. The inaugural session was a significant affair, as the adept journalist and author Mr. Kuldip Nayar inaugurated the occasion along with venerable writer Krishna Sobti and Padma Shri writer Dr. Shamsur Rehman Faruqi.
Commenting on the present cultural scenario, Mr. Kuldip Nayar requested the audience to keep the spirit of secularism alive, thereby asking people to let different languages breathe equally in the country. Enlightening the crowd further on India’s massive colonization history, Kuldip Nayar narrated an anecdote of how he and his friends had kept a fast on freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s demise. He recalled the passion for freedom which resided in every individual’s heart and asked Indian citizens to maintain the essence of unity and goodwill which sustained Indian’s during the Freedom Revolution.
Dr. Shamsur Rehman Faruqi arrived just within the time for the inaugural and excused his delay by referring to a humorous incident. Faruqi compared himself to Iqbal and stated, ‘When Iqbal was questioned for arriving late in class, he replied that it wasn’t his mistake, but the other people were to be blamed for arriving earlier than him.’ Faruqi further expressed his happiness on still being remembered by the younger poets for his work. Underlining the power of language, he voiced that language is subjected to transition and keeps evolving with time. Treating Mir Taqi Mir as a paradigm of Urdu language and Shayari, Faruqi memorialized Mir.
‘Mir un neem-baaz ankhon mein saari masti sharaab ki si hai.’
He conveyed that Mir possessed the power to perceive through various emotions of love, maddness, and despair, which he fused to create a rhythm in language.
Talented presenter Shagufta Yasmin thanked Krishna Sobti for gracing the occasion in spite of not being well. Yasmin glorified Sobti for her exemplary contribution towards Hindi language and for rejecting her Padma Bhushan in 2010.
‘Apna zamaana aap banatey hain ahl-e-dil, hum woh nahin ki jin ko zamana bana gaya.’
Amidst applause and adulation, Kuldip Nayar presented the Jashn-e-Adab Hindi Award-2017 to Krishna Sobti and he was also felicitated by the Jashn-e-Adab Journalism and Print Media Award-2017. Shamsur Rehman Faruqi received the Jashn-e-Adab Urdu Award-2012, and once again showed his humorous streak by stating that he’s lucky people find him capable of receiving an award.
Culminating the inaugural on a positive note, the luminaries asked the crowd not to segregate Indian languages, but treat them all as one, thereby sending a message of social peace and harmony.
The evening ended on a musical note, with the famed ghazal singers, Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammed Hussain enticing the audience with their rhythm and magic. Serving Urdu language and Ghazal for nearly 55 years, this duo quoted,
‘Jo apne fikr ko unchi udaan deta hai, Khuda bhi usko khula asmaan deta hai.’
Beginning with some personal favorites like, ‘Pehle chaaha ke dil jala doon, phir socha ke dil mein tu bhi hai,’ to other popular favorites like ‘Aapko jaatey na dekha jayega, shamma ko pehley bujhatey jaiye,’ the singers sang their hearts out for the audience. A majestic start to a splendid celebration, day 1 of Jashn-e-Adab paved way for several glorious events that were yet to come.
‘Gulon mein rang bharey baad-e-nau-bahar chale, chale bhi aao k gulshan ka karobar chale’