The multiarts festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta, celebrates the Urdu language and Hindustani culture through ghazals, Sufi music, qawwali, dastaangoi, panel discussions, mushaira, poetry recitations and more.
Last held in December 2019, the three-day festival will return for its 7th edition in December 2022 in New Delhi. It will include four stages, and more than 150 artists participating in over 60 varied events.
Organised by the Rekhta Foundation, the inauguration of the festival will host Javed Akhtar, and include a ghazal concert by Hariharan. Over the three days, various events and talks at Jashn-e-Rekhta will feature prominent actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shabana Azmi and Kumar Vishwas, as well as authors, poets and literary scholars like Fahmi Badayuni, Shakeel Azmi, and Sheen Kaaf Nizam. The programme will also include a curated food festival, Aiwan-e-Zaiqa. a literary exhibition and an art and craft bazaar. The festival will close with a Sufi music performance by Richa Sharma.
Entry for the festival is free, by registering on the official festival website.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Delhi
1. By Air: Delhi is well connected by domestic and international flights to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
2. By Rail: The railway network connects Delhi to all major and nearly all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
3. By Road: Delhi is well connected by a network of roads and national highways with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both government and private transport providers run frequent bus services. One can also hire government-run as well as private taxis here.
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Items and Accessories to Carry
1. Woolens. Delhi can get cold in December, with temperatures dipping as low as 9°C.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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