An entry into Jashn-e-Rekhta: A celebration of Urdu language

The third edition of Urdu festival aimed at bringing forth the versatility, richness and timeless beauty of Urdu

Brothers Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash play the sarod

The sarod players kickstarted the Urdu festival, performing at the first day of the event (WION)

Gulzar speaking to an enthusiastic audience at the festival

The Grand Mushaira at the Jashn painted the evening sky with stars of contemporary Urdu poetry like Gulzar Dehlvi, Wasim Barelvi, Shakeel Azmi among others. Audience enjoyed the unique experience of different flavours of mushaira, such as Mazahiya Mushaira, Tamseeli Mushaira and Khwateen ka Mushaira. (WION)

Those attending the festival could also get messages painted in the Urdu script

Urdu Bazaar charmed the visitors with the fragrance of itr, the antiquities of old Delhi, handicrafts, the delicate beauty of chikankari along with an elaborate book exhibition spanning across Urdu, Hindi and English. (WION)

Ghazals and Urdu couplets were placed at every corner at the event

Sessions like ‘Ghalib, Hali and Urdu Rennaisance’ and ‘Urdu Tahzeeb ka Husn-e-Zaiqa’ received a resounding applause from the people who found them enriching. (WION)

“It felt like we were all one- that of Urdu, of Jashn, of Rekhta and no boundary could separate us"

The highlight of this edition of the Jashn were several open forum spaces and interactive sessions planned in order to encourage people to write and recite their poetry to a wide audience, and correspondingly the festival was enriched with the presence of numerous new talents from the Urdu literary and cultural cosmos. (WION)

Children seen enjoying at the festival

Aimed at developing an inclination for Urdu language and culture among children, a Children’s Corner was hosted where storytelling, dastangoi, audio installations, drawing contests and fun conversations made for an unforgettable experience. (WION)

People are seen enjoying a quiet time discussing their love for literature

Rekhta Food Festival hosted a grand feast of cuisines like Kashmiri, Peshawari, Sindhi, Parsi, Awadhi, Hyderabadi, Punjabi and Nomadic along with the finest selection of popular street food from Purani Dilli. (WION)

Ayaan Ali Bangash in performance

Ayaan Ali Khan is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod. Ayaan is the son of Amjad Ali Khan, legendary sarod player of India. (WION)

Jashn-e-Rekhta witnessed Urdu literature lovers from all around the country

Hundreds gathered at the third annual Urdu festival to celebrate various art forms of the language and tradition. (WION)

Indian cinema stalwarts like Prem Chopra, Javed Siddiqui, Sharmila Tagore and Bhawana Somaaya came to the event

Laureates of Indian cinema and literature turned up to promote the festival and introduce to the audience, relevance of Urdu (WION)

Jashn-e-Rekhta also engaged audience with social media friendly options

The objective of Rekhta is to promote Urdu literature, especially Urdu poetry, to a global audience having roots in our sub-continent, particularly those not conversant with the Urdu script. (WION)

Jashn-e-Rekhta was decorated in the hues of poetry to engage literature lovers

Jashn-e-Rekhta is held every year to pull the beauty of Urdu language and culture out from the pages of history and gift it to the spirit and sentiment of Urdu lovers. (WION)

A gramophone, the quintessential musical instrument of yesteryear

The language Urdu, goes far back in time with Indian cinema. Some of the most notable Indian movies were based on plays written in Urdu. (WION)

Jashn-e-Rekhta opened up the sensory experience of living and loving a language

Attendees after having bought posters from calligraphy stalls, placed at the Urdu festival (WION)