Saturday 14 March 2020

Scintillating Kathak capturing aroma of Dilli's great poets - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

It is the irony of life that laments and celebrations go together While a part of Delhi was experiencing tragic riots, 'Dilli Ki Sankriti' celebrating literature, Arts and ideas of Delhi was being held with both 'Dilliwallahs' and immigrants participating, on the greens of the IIC. 'Words in the Garden' saw Sohail Hashmi, S.Y. Quaraishi, Rajeev Sethi and Pavan K. Varma with Ashok Vajpeyi, curator of the three day event moderating, in an exchange of thoughts on the old Delhi of the 1920s and 30s when the city's composite culture, given its vibrant Muslim identity with Sufi culture, also reflected a harmonious blend of religions - demonstrated in Chandni Chowk's Gauri Mandir, Christ Church, Gurudwara, and Ghantaghar all standing cheek-by-jowl, without tensions.

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