As the year nears its end, the capital city of New Delhi prepares to resonate with the poignant lyrics and timeless charm of Mirza Ghalib. The Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture, and Language, Delhi Government presents “Remembering Ghalib,” a three-day cultural extravaganza celebrating the iconic poet’s enduring legacy.
On December 24, 27 and 28, Delhi will be enveloped in the magic of Ghalib’s ghazals through captivating performances, insightful narratives, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Day One: Illuminating the Path to Ghalib’s Haveli
The celebrations begin on December 24 with a symbolic candlelit procession from Chandni Chowk Town Hall to Ghalib’s historic Haveli in Ballimaran. This evocative journey culminates in a commemorative ceremony at the Haveli, where esteemed guests like Kathak Exponent Dr Uma Sharma, Dr Suresh K Goel (former DG, ICCR), Firoz Bakht Ahmed (Chancellor, MAANU, Historian), and Badrudduja Siddiqi Najmi will pay homage to the poet’s genius.
The evening transcends into a mesmerizing musical tribute as Ustad Imran Khan, a disciple of the renowned Ustad Naseer Ahmed Khan Saheb and inheritor of the illustrious Dilli Gharana, weaves his magic through Ghalib’s most cherished ghazals.
Day Two: Dancing to the Melody of Ghalib’s Words
On December 27, the India Islamic Cultural Centre on Lodhi Road becomes the stage for a captivating program. Dr Uma Sharma, a pioneer in infusing intellectual depth into the art of Kathak dance, presents “Shama Har Rang Mein Jalti hai Sahar Hone Tak…”, a stunning portrayal of one of Ghalib’s most profound ghazals, accompanied by her talented ensemble. This spellbinding performance will be further enhanced by the musical expertise of Ustad Imran Khan, creating a harmonious blend of movement and melody.
Day Three: A Chorus of Voices Reciting Ghalib’s Verses
The final day, December 28, culminates in a grand Mushaira dedicated to Ghalib. Eminent author, diplomat, and former MP Pavan K Varma provides a compelling narrative, enriching the audience’s understanding of the poet’s masterful compositions. Conceptualised by the visionary Dr Uma Sharma, this Mushaira promises to be a captivating convergence of renowned Urdu poets, reciting Ghalib’s timeless verses and breathing life into his immortal words.
When: December 24, 27 and 28
Where: Chandni Chowk Town Hall, India Islamic Cultural Centre