The festival will start from October 10 to 12, at Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha, Hirabaug, at 7.30 pm and October 13 at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha at 9.30 pm. The show is compiled and directed by Om Bhutkar, and managed and co-produced by Wide Wings Media.
While Urdu is typically celebrated as a language of romance and classical poetry by the greats — Ghalib, Mir and Faiz, it has a lesser-acknowledged popular-culture presence in film songs, detective fiction, ghazals, mushairas, qawwalis and even as poetry inscribed on trucks.
The Urdu literacy centre was launched in 1988 by the Urdu Academy as a scheme to eradicate illiteracy under the National Policy on Education. Inaugurating a new session Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “You aren’t just teachers, you are ambassadors of the way of life.”
"We should stop treating technology as our enemy. Urdu needs to be inculcated into the youth and technology plays a very important role in it," says Amjad Islam Amjad, an Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan.