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Revived 'Shankar-Shad' Indo-Pak Mushaira tomorrow

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New Delhi, Apr 14 (UNI) The famous Indo-Pak Shankar-Shaad Mushaira, once inseparable from the cultural life of the capital, is being revived after a gap of ten years.

The Mushaira will be held here tomorrow evening at its traditional venue--The Sir Shankar Lal Hall, Modern School New Delhi.

The literary event was started by Sir Sriram, founder of the Delhi Cloth Mill (DCM) group of industries in 1954 and it has enjoyed the patronage of leading lights of the nation like former PMs Jawahara Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The Mushaira named after two eminent poets of Delhi--late Lala Murli Dhar 'Shad' and Sir Shankar Lall 'Shankar' had assumed the character of a literary institution of great importance in the world of Urdu poetry.

Legendry Urdu poets like Josh Malihabadi, Jigar Moradabadi, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Kaifi azmi and Ali Sardar Jafri and a host of other eminent poets have enriched these mushairas with their compositions.

Tomorrow's event-- 43rd Shankar-Shad mushaira--will see participation of noted potes like Dr Ahmed Faraz, Dr Sarmad Sehbai, Ms Fatema Hasan and Ms Samina Raja from Pakistan and Javed Akhtar, Shahryar, Charan Singh Bashar, Bekal Utsahi, Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad, Rahat Indorvi, Munawwar Rana, Nida Fazli, Waseem Barelvi among others from India.

Briefing the media about the event, Dr Malikzada, Mr Bekal Utsahi, who has been participating in all the events since its inception, and Director DCM Madhav B Sriram said they were feeling very happy that one of the most cherished cultural institutions of the capital was being revived and expressed the hope that it would further strengthen people to people co-operation between India and Pakistan.

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