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Kamlesh Biswas’ mushairas are getting people interested in Urdu poetry

For two years, Biswas has been organising mushairas — evenings of ghazals, nazams and Hindi poetry — in Pune.

Majrooh Sultanpuri: A soulful sojourn of a poet-lyricist

Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri's 100th birth anniversary falls on October 1.


How I found my tribe in mehfils of Hindustani poetry

Literary mehfils have seen an upsurge at every level, thanks to the reintroduction of poetry and literature to the younger generation by YouTube poetry videos.

‘Courtesans brought older aesthetic traditions to the new nation’

In her latest book, Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema, author Ruth Vanita examines the role of real-life courtesans in shaping early Hindi cinema, their changing on-screen portrayal and unique status as independent women.

Dastango and the sea of stories

The Dastangoi tradition is the confluence of many cultures and civilisations

Mushaira Calling

Jashn-e-Bahar, a celebration of Urdu poetry, comes to the city


‘He was with us for Diwali... Would a staunch Muslim feel at home?’

Families, friends, teachers of Jaipur youths say IM ‘link’ unbelievable

Mushaira Magic

Invited for a mushaira during the Pune Festival,three Urdu poets discuss the fading art form and whether the language will survive the test of time

Spreading the Word

Urdu writers are increasingly transliterating their poetry in Hindi and English

A Smooth Flow

Ek hi ehsaas hai,kya ishq,kya ibaadat,” poet Amandeep Chatha gets the conversation flowing with one of her verses.