For lovers of mushaira, it was a perfect evening as poets from India and Pakistan gathered at the 46th Shankar-Shad mushaira in Delhi recently.
From Pakistan renowned poets like Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, VC of the University of Karachi and Zehra Nigah, who is popularly called the nightingale of Pakistan, were present. She has been coming to this festival for the past 20 years and was extremely delighted to be here again. From India there were poets from places like Bareilly, Aligarh, Ajmer, Mumbai and other cities. Also present were Anwar Jalapuri, Bekali Utsahi, GM Ahmad also popular as Khamakha, Hussain Khan popular as Jhanjhat, Javed Akhtar, Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad, Meraj Faizabadi, Naem Akhtar Burhanpuri, Shahryar, Waseem Barelvi and Tajinder Ada.
It was a packed house and the mushaira lovers remained glued to their seats as they enjoyed the poetry session every bit. Sounds of ‘Wah! Wah!’, ‘Irshaad’ and ‘mukarrar’ emerged from the auditorium at regular intervals. For those who couldn’t get any space inside the hall, there was a screen installed outside so that they could enjoy the mushaira. The poetry recitation was a mixture of thought provoking and rib tickling lines.
Full report here Times of India