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Mushaira: Celebrating Urdu Poetry

Detail: Firdausi encounters the court poets of Ghazni, a page from Muhammad Juki’s Shahnamah. Herat (present-day Afghanistan), ca. 1440s. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. H. 6.4 x 5.8 in. (16.3 x 15 cm).

Experience the magic of the mushaira

The centuries-old legacy of Urdu poetry continues to flourish in Pakistan, India, and the Middle East through the mushaira, or gathering of poets and patrons. This event ' which will gather a host of celebrated Pakistani poets ' recreates the intimate teahouse atmosphere of the mushaira along with the myriad rituals and interactive etiquette for audience participation and response. Poetry readings will be in Urdu with English translation in a special co-presentation with Poet's House and City Lore.

The program will feature renowned Urdu poets Fahmida Riaz, Ifti Nasim, Shehla Naqvi, Noon Meem Danish, Humaira Rehman, and Raies Warsi.

This program has been supported by Dr. Azra Raza and is part of Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Part of the Asia Society and PEN World Voices Festival 2011 collaboration Word From Asia.


Event Details

Sat 30 Apr 2011
4:00pm - 6:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$15 Asia Society/City Lore/Poet's House members; $17 students with ID/seniors; $20 nonmembers