Monday, September 28, 2020

‘Seher Hone Tak’ Is Celebrating The Work of Unheard Female Urdu Poets

By Humaira Ali

There is a group of women who came together to bring out the works of such unheard poetesses in the limelight whose work was overshadowed by the ruins of history. Few realized that the poetry world is dominated by the male voices and works. Monika Singh, the deputy collector of Pune, who is also an accomplished poet, has come up with a platform which brings such great poetesses from different eras of time and gives them a voice in present.

(Left to Right – Gayatri Dhawale, Kavita Bakre, Neerja Apte, Sayli Deshpande, Aboli Abhyankar)

A glimpse of the whole concept under the name ‘Seher Hone Tak’ was witnessed by Nagpur’s literature lovers on Saturday evening at Chitnavis Centre. The event started with a warm up open mic session conducted by Dark Room Poets, which was followed by the evening dedicated to celebration of accomplished female poetesses of Urdu literature.

Hindustani Classical Singer Gayatri Dhawale

“Everyone knows Mirza Ghalib, but our research revealed that women have been writing Ghazals and Nazms from a long time ago, so we decided to make a platform to focus on the poetesses of the urdu literature” says Neerja Apte who has created and directed ‘Seher Hone Tak’, when Social Chutney asked her about the whole concept of highlighting the female poets of the literature world.

Neerja Apte and Aboli Abhyankar

“The rawness about the execution of our performance is that we don’t involve any musical instrument, I only sing with the help of Tanpura and the coordinations between the three of us helps us to communicate with the audience in a better way” says Gayatri Dhavale when social chutney asked her on following the Indian classical roots.

Neerja Apte and Aboli Abhyankar

The show was held in the form of a Mushaira (a symposium) and was an amalgamation of Ghazals, Kathak and Urdu poetry. Neerja Apte read out various nazms of Zebunnissa, Parveen Shakir, Anjum Rehbar, Fahmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed, Amrita Pritam. While Hindustani Classical Vocalist  Gayatri Dhawale sang various soulful ghazals by Monika Singh. Well known Kathak dancer Aboli Abhyankar rendered beautiful Kathak performances around poetry.

“This is a very new concept of amalgamating three varied performing arts, and first of its kind in Nagpur. It’s very important to present such events to our city’s literature lovers”, Says Dr Sameer Kabeer, a renowned Urdu poet from Nagpur who attended the event with a welcoming gesture to this concept.

“We are really looking forward to conduct such literature based events in the city so as to contribute to Nagpur’s whole literature scene” says Kavita Bakre who along with Sayali Deshpande has conducted the entire event under the name Moment Crafters.

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