The beauty of a language needs to be celebrated with the utmost admiration, by giving shape to words that are the hopes and dreams, culminating into the imagination of people who live, write and breathe in that language.
The most astonishing part of a multilingual country like India is the life of a culture it entails in the form of language, cuisine, dress, festivals etc. Its elasticity asks for a vivid space where everyone can belong, live and dream for a beautiful future. For a language to be flowing into the midst of people, it needs a proper system of education and awareness. For a literature to persist for long, life of a language needs to be preserved.
Jashn e Rekhta, a festival celebrating Urdu language, held every year. It mainly talks about the serene part that Urdu has played in India on various scales. The 4th edition of Jashn e Rekhta kicked off at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, India Gate, on 8th December. The festival of ‘Urdu’ or ‘Rekhta’ as the language, stresses on the composite culture through which the language emerged with both Hindus and Muslims as its speakers. Rekhta sessions are a balanced mix of music, poetry, serious literary discussions to sessions hosted by Bollywood film personalities. Films and their Urdu connection are explored in detail in every Jashn e Rekhta. Celebrities like Waheeda Rehman, Shabana Azmi, and Muzaffar Ali discussed the Muslim social films and the depiction of Urdu culture in them. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das talked about their film Manto and shared the process of its making.
The spell of Rekhta festival is full of the fragrance of itr, the antiquities of old Delhi, handicrafts, the delicate beauty of chikankari along with an elaborate book exhibition spanning across Urdu, Hindi, and English.
Beautifully curated Rekhta Bazaar can be considered as the heaven for shoppers, bibliophiles. There were book exhibitions along with calligraphy displays and paintings. ‘Aiwan-e-Zaiqa‘ for food lovers having all the delicious delicacies.This year the festival saw noted Bollywood personalities, along with eminent singers and the respected Urdu literati like Ustad Rashid Khan, Gopi Chand Narang, Amish Tripathi, Imtiaz Ali, Aamir Raza Hussain, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Neelesh Misra, Rahat Indori, Varun Grover, Manoj Muntashir etc.
The aura of the language and its formations in the modern era are the representations of the days far gone, The festival exemplified life and journey of a language and it soul which disseminated into various forms be it poetry, prose, novels, short stories etc. Urdu cannot be considered as an importation but is a dying testimony of the amalgamation of cultures through the ages of intermixing of ethnicities, to shared imaginations and a splendid past.