Do poets need to be politically correct? Delhi’s Republic Day Mushaira gives us a hint

The Urdu Academy, along with the Delhi Government held its historic Republic Day Mushaira at the Red Fort of January 12, 2018 – a tradition which has become an essential part of Delhi’s art and culture.

Do poets need to be politically correct? Delhi's Republic Day Mushaira gives us a hint

Poets from all over the world believe this to be an honour to be called to perform in this Mushaira. The gathering saw well-known ‘shayars’ – poets like Waseem Barelvi, 94-year old Gulzar Dehlavi, Manzar Bhopali, Nusraj Mehdi and others.

The evening started with a chorus performance arousing a sense of patriotism and ode to the motherland in the crowd of more than 1000 people. What makes this stand out is the fact that the crowd does not only have people who are practitioners of the Urdu language, but also the general masses. The Mushaira was started by the last Mughal emperor and also a poet Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Celebrated poets such as Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq, Mirza Ghalib, Momin, Nawab Mustafa Khan Shefta, and Mufti Sadruddin Aazurda regularly use to grace such assemblies with their poetic performances.
This year’s Mushaira was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia, who spoke at length about Delhi’s enriched art and culture and its history of Mushairas especially at the Lal Qila. He also said that the Delhi Government is trying its best to enrich the cultural vibrance of the national capital.

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