The three-day event organised by Rekhta is back with the Jashn-e-Rekhta 5th edition and we can’t keep our excitement. Well, the fifth edition is set to begin from December 14 to December 16 with an opening address by Morari Bapu, who is an exponent of Ram Charit Manas as well as a great lover of Urdu Poetry.

We all know about the Rekhta Foundation who celebrates the Urdu Festival to keep Urdu alive through recitations, mushairas, debates, discussions, calligraphy workshop, conversation with young poets. But, do you know the man behind the Jashn-e-Rekhta and how a small site grew up in a big thing?

“Urdu as a language is a joy shared by many, I’m just its slave.” – Sanjiv Saraf

These words of Sanjiv Saraf melts our heart, who is the man behind the face of Jashn-e-Rekhta. He is the businessman and cultural entrepreneur, who launched the website in January 2013. Saraf was born in Nagpur and belongs to the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. He completed his studies from Gwalior then joined the family business in Orrisa, so now you must be thinking that what’s the reason behind the success of Jashn-e-Rekhta?

In an interview, Sanjiv Saraf said “Urdu is not my mother tongue, but my father was a follower of Urdu Shayari and ghazals. I grew up by listening to renowned artists on the radio and that’s how my love developed for the Urdu language. We launched the website in January 2013 and launched the Jashn-e-Rekhta festival two years later in 2015. The festival is a platform to showcase the works of established poets and also the new upcoming ones.” He added that ‘I started the idea through the website but had no idea that it will become the largest platform of Urdu poetry.’

If we talk about the growth, the Urdu Festival by Jashn-e-Rekhta has grown tremendously with an increase in its audience, its first in the year 2014 was attended by 14,000 people and last year, the 4th edition attended by over a lakh people.

Jashn-e-Rekhta 5th Edition Is all set to brighten your weekend. Here are some highlights which you will get to witness as an audience.


The three-day event organised by Rekhta will be held from December 14 to December 16 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. The festival will feature ghazals, Sufi music, qawwali, mushaira and much more.

Jashn-e-Rekhta 2018 will feature the famous Personalities from cinema and literary worlds. People including Javed Akhtar, Jaaved Jaaferi, Shabana Azmi, Vishal Bhardwaj, Wasim Barelvi, Kumar Vishwas, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Aasif Sheikh, Shruti Pathak, Gopi Chand Narang, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Mahmood Farooqui, Gayathri Asokan and Sonam Kalra will attend the festival.

A unique women poets’ mushaira will be held at the fifth edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta Urdu festival. You will also get to witness Ramlila performance in Urdu by the group Shri Shraddha Ramlila.

There will also be a Qawwali performance on the first day by the Wadalis – Lakhwinder Wadali and Puran Singh Wadali. There will be a closing performance by Nooran Sisters at Jashn-e-Rekhta on December 16.

Download the full Schedule from here.

Details about Jashn-e-Rekhta 5th Edition –

What- Jashn-e-Rekhta Urdu Festival

When- December 14 to December 16

Where- Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, India Gate, New Delhi

Nearest metro stations- Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan

Website- Jashn-e-Rekhta

Now, you have every single detail about the entry, highlights and there will also be a special range of food. Excited? So, what are you waiting for? Entry is free and if you haven’t registered yet, go to the website and register your entry.

Be ready to light up your weekend with extra delicious food, soulful Shayari and much more.


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