The annual poetry event, Shankar-Shad Mushaira, is back with its 52nd edition in Delhi.The event will be held on Saturday at Sir Shankar Lall Hall, Modern School, Barakhamba road at 7 p.m.
The annual get-together is a legacy to commemorate the memory of Shankar Lall and Murli Dhar, who were known for their contribution to the social, educational and cultural life of the national capital and have been also been the patrons of Urdu poetry.
The mushaira will showcase the renowned Urdu poets who would be reciting their best poetry or shayari. Legendary poets like Josh Malihabadi, Jigar Moradabadi, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Kaifi Azmi, Ali Sardar Jafri and a host of other eminent poets have enriched the mushairas with their compositions over the years. This year, poets like Javed Akhtar, Anwar Jalalpuri, Munawwar Rana , Prof. Waseem Barelvi , Dr.Popular Meeruthi, Manzar Bhopali , Iqbal Ashhar , Dr. Gauhar Raza , Iffat Zarrin , Nawaz Deobandi, Dr. Rahat Indori , Sheen Kaaf Nizam, Dr. Kaleem Kaisar , Sabika Abbas Naqvi , Azhar Iqbal, Khushbir Singh Shaad , Noumaan Shauq, and Manish Shukla (Lucknow) are likely to be a part of the show.
The famous Shankar-Shad Mushaira is inseparable from the cultural life of the capital. An initiative of the DCM Shriram Industries Group, The Shankar Shad Mushaira has been promoting Urdu mushaira as a genre of literature and oral art since 1953.
Talking about the rich heritage and carrying forward the legacy of Shankar-Shad Mushaira, Madhav B Shriram, Chairman, Shankar Lall Murli Dhar Society and director, DCM Shriram Industries Limited says, “We put lots of efforts to engage poetry lovers and masses for the love of the language and the art of poetic oration. This language and culture in its entirety, along with the art of oration need to be preserved and nurtured against the face of extinction. In recent years, we have seen the revival of the language on a big scale with various literary festivals and events that are being organized and are delighted that we have been able to contribute in keeping a small slice of this tradition alive through our endeavor of the Shankar-Shad Mushaira”.
Shankar Lall Murli Dhar Memorial Society was formed in 1953 to further education and development of public, assist holding of theatrical, musical performances, exhibitors and other activities for the development of music, dance, drawing, painting and other fine arts, publish books and works of literature, poetry, art & culture. The society has been holding annual mushairas and providing platform for poets (both veterans and budding) from India and abroad to present their poetry for Urdu connoisseurs.