Delhi to host Mirza Ghalib Festival from December 28-29, 2019

The aim behind organising this three day Mirza Ghalib Festival is to celebrate his life and work on his 150th Death Anniversary.

Delhi to host Mirza Ghalib Festival from December 28-29, 2019

Bhartiya Sangeet Sadan and Ghalib Memorial Movement with the support of Sahitya Kala Parishad Delhi Government is organising Mirza Ghalib Festival from December 27 to 29, 2019. The aim behind holding this three days grand event is to celebrate his life and work on his 150th Death Anniversary.

On December 27, 2019, at 6:30 P.M., a Mushaira Dedicated to Ghalib will be held where eminent poets will participate in Death Anniversary of Ghalib at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. On December 28, 2019, at 6:30 P.M., a Cultural Dance Programme by Dr. Uma Sharma and group based on Ghalib’s poetry followed by Discussion on Ghalib by Pavan K Verma with Javed Akhtar or Gulzar at India Islamic Cultural Centre. The last day of the event at 5.00 P.M., Chadar will be offered at Ghalib’s Mazaar, Nizamuddin followed by Ghazals based on Ghalib.

Dr Uma Sharma said, “Mirza Ghalib started composing poetry at the age of 11. His first language was Urdu, but Persian and Turkish were also spoken at home. He received an education in Persian and Arabic at a young age. During Ghalib’s period, the words “Hindi” and Urdu” were synonyms (see Hindi–Urdu controversy).”

While elaborating on the pathetic condition of the Haveli, Dr. Uma Sharma said: “It was 2001, almost a decade back that I chanced upon to visit Ghalib’s Haveli in connection with a video film which I was making for Doordarshan. I was shocked to see the condition of Haveli which was occupied by a “Taal” and a PCO was operating from there. The building was in a dilapidated condition and was falling apart. In order to restore the Ghalib’s Haveli to its rightful place I formed a committee ‘Ghalib Memorial Movement’ with eminent people such as the late Dr. Abid Hussain, Safdar Hasan Khan, Prof Mushirul Hasan, Dr. Vinay Bharat Ram and Pavan K Varma, Dr. Suresh K Goel, Late Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Dr. Feroz Bakht Ahmed, Badrudduja Siddqui Najmi and others. We then approached Sheila Dikshit to help in getting the Haveli Vacated and make it into a Heritage site. With Chief Minister’s interest and our relentless efforts the Haveli was finally restored and is now a befitting Memorial to the great poet.”

Anniversary Celebrations

“To commemorate this event I have been organizing Ghalib’s Birth and Death Anniversary every year with the help of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi Government, which includes a Candle Light Procession to Ghalib’s Haveli from Town Hall, Mushaira in traditional and a cultural programme based on Ghalib’s writing. This programme is a culmination of this year’s Ghalib’s Birth Anniversary Celebration. I have been totally committed to this task and have been trying to keep this movement going as homage to the great poet.”

Dr. Uma Sharma will perform dance at Delhi, which hosts Mirza Ghalib Festival from December 28-29, 2019

Uma Sharma Strikes chords in the hearts of connoisseurs and lay persons alike. She has gone far beyond the rhythmic fervour of Kathak poetically inclined, intellectually curious, but passionately involved in the future direction of Kathak, it is as the queen of bhav that she has carved as special niche for herself.

On an occasion such as this to commemorate Ghalib, here then is a dancer who has decided to almost relive through her interpretation of his poetry, Ghalib as man of many moods. Dr. Uma Sharma’s dance will seek to interpret the traumas of Ghalib as he goes through various stages of feeling in his life. The first is Ghalib as a romantic, the second as jealous lover, the third as a man of infinite sadness, the fourth in a state of nostalgic remembrance of all that life held and the despair it brought. Finally Dr. Uma Sharma brings this beautiful dance composition to an end by portraying the finality with which Ghalib interprets the last flicker of flame….. as he said : “Ik Shamma Reh Gayee Hai So Woh Bhi Khamosh Hai.”

Actually, Dr. Uma Sharma seems to have vowed to bring Asad-Ullah Khan Ghalib back to life, right there in the eye of the new millennium. Here then is dr. Uma Sharma recreating for us the inner world of the poet and the man.