Urdu Heritage Festival | 10th – 15th Nov 18 | Central Park

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Urdu Heritage Festival | 10th – 15th Nov 18 | Central Park

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Aaj bhī 'prem' ke aur 'krishn' ke afsāne haiñ

Aaj bhī vaqt kī jamhūrī zabāñ hai urdu

- Ata Abidi

Urdu Heritage festival(UHF) is an annual initiative by the Delhi Government and the Urdu Academy to create a platform whereby people from various walks of life interact with each other and share their love for the language of the जम्हूरी (masses), i.e. Urdu.

This initiative was started at the time of the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Ever since then, there has been no looking back. Urdu Heritage Festival has only expanded its roots and has managed to cater to the masses of varying interests. Because of Urdu's close relationship with the walled city, it was decided that Red Fort will host the gala event. But in February, this year(2018) the venue was shifted to Central Park, Connaught Place as it was more commutable. This year the event will take place from 10th November 2018 to 15th November 2018(12 noon to 9 pm). The event is free of cost in order to make it accessible to each and every Urdu Enthusiast and to engage as many people as possible. Artists like Javed Ali, Suresh Wadkar, Rashmi Aggarwal and Indira Naik will add their charm to the event.

A sense of connectedness is a peculiar feature of the UHF. There is a kind of uniformity that can be seen amongst the people, the मोहब्बत for Urdu, so much so that it brings goosebumps to the eye of spectators. “दिल्ली में इस तरहाँ के कल्चरल इवेंट्स में लोग इतना मसरूफ होजाते हैं की आपस की रंजिशें ख़तम होजाती हैं! ”  says Abu Sufiyan, the founder of Purani Dilli Walo Ki Baatein. The only thing that a person does is appreciates each other’s differences and cultures. Urdu Heritage Festival, then not only appreciates Urdu but also brings people together in a close-knit network. It blurs the line between 'me' and 'you'. It reminds us of the India that has always stood for Unity In Diversity and that we must cherish the treasure of diverse and plural cultures that we have.

Jayshree Shukla, an Urdu lover and an enthusiastic participant of the UHF said,

 “This man was my immediate neighbor at the Urdu Heritage Festival. Like me, he spent virtually the entire afternoon there. When a ghazal touched his heart, he quietly wiped his r with his handkerchief. He had brought a small packet of glucose biscuits which he offered to me and I said no. Now I wish I had not. I bonded with so many others in the audience. For this afternoon, we were one, one family.” Every year, many stories like hers are experienced at UHF, and many are waiting to be unveiled. So let’s go onboard on this beautiful 6-day journey and forget our differences and for once, be like an inseparable family.

About Tanu Dabral

Hailing from Delhi, but the roots are Pahadi. By degree, I am pursuing Bachelors in Arts , political science. I keep a deep interest in literature and historical places, and what best can suit your passion when you live in the city which has experienced everything from history to war.

Purani Dilli has always been my happy place, a place where everything seems beautiful. A place which I cant help but adore . The life of Old Delhi will force you to come back to this place again and again. It's a place where Ghalib's presence can still be felt in every गली-मोहल्ला, in every smell you inhale, in every step you take, in every abandoned haveli you see. One just can't get enough of this place.

THE Pakki Dilli Waali blog, PDW with love, is an expression of my alter-ego which indulges in the everyday life of Delhi metros and culture feast.

This blog is straight from the heart of Delhi vali Nari. I am born and brought up in Delhi . I have seen Delhi change over the years. So, here I am sharing my experience and helping people to explore Delhi.

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