Bhopal: Much awaited three-day long ‘Jashn-E-Urdu’ programme began on Tuesday with the paying tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack. The event, organized by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Cultural Department, started with ‘Bayade Kaifi Azmi’- a homage to noted writer Kaifi Azmi where in Ahmed Raza of Jaora presented ghazals of noted Urdu poet. Secretary, cultural directorate, Renu Tiwari welcoming all the litterateurs and ghazal singers said that the program was dedicated to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.
Remembering Azmi, the littérateurs Naresh from Chandigarh), Ali Ahmed Fatmi from Allahabad, Raziya Hamid, Kausar Siddiqui of Bhopal, Siraj Azmali from Aligarh and Aziz Irfan from Indore recounted the journey they shared with noted poet.
A painting competition on Allama Iqbal was also organized in which more than 120 students of different schools and colleges participated. A meet and greet program with Waseem Barelvi ‘Humse Poocho Gazal Kya Hai Gazal Ka Fun Kya Hai’ was organized in which Waseem explained the intricacies of Gazal. A ‘Mushayra’ under the presidency of Nafees Taki of Sironj was also held. Many popular faces like Ali Abbas Ummeed of Bhopal, Nisar Malvi, Hamid Gauhar, Sajid Hashmi and many other Urdu poets presented their kalams on the occasion.
In the evening too, programme began with paying homage to martyred CRPF jawans. Harmony group, Bhopal with their Urdu songs and Tanora Egypt’s Sufi dance performance mesmerized the audience. In all 30 elderly artistes were felicitated fro their contribution in the field of art and literature. The program concluded with Sufi Qawwali of Ustad Chand Kadri from Delhi.