New Delhi: Urdu's finest poets, authors, performers and artists from India and other countries like Pakistan, US and Canada come together to bring alive the lyrical beauty and resonating eloquence of the language.
Eminent names such as Javed Akhtar, Rekha Bhardwaj, Gopi Chand Narang, Zia Mohyeddin, Intizar Hussain, Rakshanda Jalil, Ashok Vajpayee, Musaffar Ali, Nida Fazri, Purshottam Agarwal are set to participate in two-day festival, 'Jashn-e-Rekhta' that begins here March 14.
The festival is organised by Rekhta Foundation, a non-profit body, in collaboration with India International Centre (IIC) to bring the glorious past, the beauty, power and versatility of Urdu.
All the genres of the language can be found in one place through live performances, panel discussions, film screenings and interactive sessions, organisers said in a statement.
The language of lovers, idealists and poets will be celebrated through qawwalis, gazal renditions, mushaira and the 16th-century Urdu oral storytelling art form - Dastangoi.
Book exhibitions, calligraphic art and street plays are among the other highlights of the festival. Organisers say they want to make the festival a "one stop destination" for Urdu admirers.