A Mesmerizing Evening of Ghazals & Social Message "Jashn-E-Dosti"

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 02:11:00 am


New Delhi, 26th April 2017: Noted Social Worker and Cultural Activist Dr Mridula Tandon was the recipient of honours and felicitated at a graceful assembly of writers and social figures, organised by the foundation SIET, on Tuesday evening at India International Centre.  Poet Zeeshan Niazi of Kanpur presented and conducted the proceedings with wit and ability.

The program opened with a short introduction by Zeeshan Niazi . Eminent litterateur Laxmi Shankar Bajpai spoke of Dr Mridula Tandon’s work and success in Poverty alleviation, Education, Women’s empowerment and the promotion of Indian Culture. Dr Mridula Tandon was presented with a felicitation Plaque by Shri Nazim Naqvi on behalf of SIET.

The evening commenced with a heart wrenching performance by adolescent girls from SAKSHI NGO, Their performance to the song ‘Aye Khuda’ depicted the evils against women prevalent in Society. It spread a strong message encompassing issues like female foeticide, Dowry Practice, Rape, Domestic violence, girl child education, Women's Empowerment, Gender equality, stalking, eve-teasing etc. The messages and presentations by these children touched an emotional chord in the audience; and many were seen teary eyed.

A lyrical follow up to the message of Gender Disparity was  next - Ghazals by Shakeel Ahmed, who, with his accompanying artists enthralled the audience with original compositions of choice lyrics by  highly esteemed Shayars like Nida Fazli’s, 'Vrindavan Ke Krishan Kanhaiyya Alla Hu…  Nazim’s 'Aisa Hua Deewana Main, Aleena Itrat’s – Abhi to chaak pe jaar hai raks mitti ka', Zeeshan’s 'Vasal Ki Shab Guzar Na Jaye Kahin,' among others. The overflowing hall and appreciative applause evidenced the audience response. His singing, range and depth fascinated everyone present.

Dr Mridula Satish Tandon, a noted social worker, is also known for her work in promoting writers of Hindi and Urdu literature and the classical and semi classical forms of Hindustani music and dance. She opined that these arts, which are a living heritage of our society, need to be brought to a wider and mainstream audience to ensure that they flourish and enrich society, rather than just surviving in the ivory towers that they seem to have retreated to.

Dr Mridula Satish Tandon said that promoting the cause of literature and ensuring its robust growth to the benefit of writers and poets, the very soul of the nation’s culture, was necessary to retain our basic values, sensitivity and rootedness to our civilization in a fast changing world.

SIET aims to bring the Urdu and Hindi poetry and literature back into mainstream awareness with showcasing the awesome talent that exists in this sphere, says Dr. Tandon.

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message
 Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message
 Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message

Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message
 Children from NGO Sakshi presented a social message'

Lamp Lighting by Aleena Itrat, suparna trikha, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Mamta Kiran, Manisha Anmol, Zeeshan Niyazi, Laxmi Shankar Bajpayi (1)
 Lamp Lighting by Aleena Itrat, suparna trikha, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Mamta Kiran, Manisha Anmol, Zeeshan Niyazi, Laxmi Shankar Bajpayi

Lamp Lighting by Aleena Itrat, suparna trikha, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Mamta Kiran, Manisha Anmol, Zeeshan Niyazi, Laxmi Shankar Bajpayi
 Lamp Lighting by Aleena Itrat, suparna trikha, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Mamta Kiran, Manisha Anmol, Zeeshan Niyazi, Laxmi Shankar Bajpayi

Shakeel Ahmed and accompaniest during the evening
 Shakeel Ahmed and accompaniest during the evening

Shakeel Ahmed and accompaniest during the evening
 Shakeel Ahmed and accompaniest during the evening


Zeeshan Niyazi and Dr. Mridula Tandon
Zeeshan Niyazi and Dr. Mridula Tandon


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