IN its efforts to keep Urdu vibrant among the public, Rekhta Foundation aims to showcase its various facets, including mushaira, qawwali, dastaangoi, plays and calligraphy by taking them to various cities for audiences, both familiar and new to the language.
Rekhta’s first stop towards this endeavour will be Chandigarh, that has had a respectable following of Urdu and its literary culture.
Rang-e-Rekhta is an extension of Rekhta Foundation’s flagship festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta: Celebrating Urdu, which is held in Delhi annually.
Rang-e-Rekhta Chandigarh will present a qawwali by the renowned Sabri Brothers and a grand mushaira by some of the most distinguished poets of our country such as Waseem Barelvi (Bareilly), Gulzar Dehlvi (Delhi), Farhat Ehsas (Delhi), Rajesh Reddy (Mumbai), Manish Shukla (Lucknow), Liaqat Jafri (Jammu), Nomaan Shauque (Delhi), Shams Tabreezi (Chandigarh), Nashir Naqvi (Patiala), Mahender Kumar Sani (Chandigarh), Shakeel Jamali (Delhi).
At the launch of this initiative, Sanjiv Saraf, founder, Rekhta Foundation, said: “Urdu finds its resonance across the length and breadth of the country. Spurred by the staggering response we received for Jashn-e-Rekhta in Delhi, we feel it is time to reach out to new destinations and showcase Urdu’s various forms to its lovers.”
Rekhta Foundation is a non-profit venture that curates the largest online repository of Urdu poetry in the world – http://www.rekhta.org – that has brought authentic Urdu poetry to its lovers and garners a readership from over 225 countries across the globe.
The website showcases over 1,900 poets and 22,000 poetical compositions, with the content available in Devanagari and Roman scripts, in addition to Urdu.
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.
Literally, the word “rekhta” means both “scattered” and “mixed”, and as a language it stands for a creative blending of various dialects.
Rang-e-Rekhta will be a festival for the senses and a moment to mark Urdu’s phenomenal outreach and will be presented on August 27 from 5pm to 9 pm at Tagore Theatre. Entry is free, and registration is mandatory.