For the love of Urdu

Updated: 29 December, 2016 09:45 IST | Dipanjan Sinha |

Soak in the sweetness of the language at an evening of ghazals, and shayaris

An earlier performance of Sukhan 

Theater actor Om Bhutkar started Sukhan, a three-hour long performance of Urdu shayari, Hindustani classical music and Sufi music, a year ago. Since then this show of ghazals, qawwalis and shayaris that keeps changing with each performance has been staged at multiple venues. The response, Bhutkar says, has been overwhelming with all tickets selling out often, and regulars who try and attend all the events. A new show will be performed in the city this Friday.

"Five years ago, I wrote a play about Ghalib. That sparked my interest in Urdu, and I have been trying to master the language ever since. The entire 17-member group is fascinated by classical music, ghazals and nazms (verses) and whenever we meet, we discuss shayaris and the works of Urdu singers and poets. So, Urdu not being our first language did not hinder us from taking the initiative," he says.

The literature is chosen from the vast sea of creations by Hafiz Jalandhari, Saahir Ludhiyanavi, Joan Eliya, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mirza Ghalib, Ameer Khusrow, Meer Taqi Meer among other stalwarts.

The event is informal in nature as there is a constant interaction and dialogue between the audience and artistes. In fact, the audience is encouraged to participate by responding to the artiste’s questions. "Sometimes, the audience members bring up questions from our earlier shows," Bhutkar says.

The performance has been a part of some prestigious festivals too. Recently, Sukhan was the inaugural performance at the Vinod and Sarayu Doshi National Theatre Festival, Pune, in February.


ON: December 30, 6 pm
AT: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA, Mac Ronells Compound, next to Candies, near Pali Hill, St Andrews Rd, Bandra (W).
COST: Rs 250

First Published: 29 December, 2016 08:12 IST

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