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Javed Akhtar, Munawwar Rana at upcoming Urdu poetry fest

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Over fifteen poets including Javed Akhtar, Munawwar Rana, and will be participating at the 53rd edition of festival -- Shankar-Shad scheduled to be held on March 16.

Organised by the Murli Dhar Memorial Society, the annual event that will be held at in Barakhamba here, celebrates the legacy of

"We believe Urdu is more than just a language, it is a culture in itself. This art of oration needs to be preserved and nurtured against the face of extinction," Madhav B Shriram, chairman, Murli Dhar Society, said.

Other participating poets will include Waseem Barelvi, Popular Meeruthi, Manzar Bhopali, Rahat Indori, Iqbal Ashhar, and

The festival commemorates the memory of Sir and Lala Murli Dhar, known for their contribution to the social, educational and cultural life of as patrons of

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 16:35 IST