The audience will also get to witness another highlight - Ramlila performance in Urdu by the Shri Shraddha Ramlila group titled 'Ram Kahaani Urdu Wali', a press release from the festival organiser, Rekhta Foundation read.
Morari Bapu, the renowned exponent of the Ramcharitmanas and an ardent lover of Urdu poetry, will inaugurate the gala. His appearance will be followed by a Qawwali performance by the Wadalis - Puran Singh Wadali and Lakhwinder Wadali.
The three-day festival will honour its tradition of Urdu's eclectic art forms and its heritage through ghazals, Sufi music, qawwali, dastaangoi, panel discussions, poetry symposiums, recitations, celebrity conversations and film screenings.
Personalities from cinema and literary worlds such as - Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Vishal Bhardwaj, Jaaved Jaaferi, Malini Awasthi, Wasim Barelvi, Kumar Vishwas, Aasif Sheikh, Shruti Pathak, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Gopi Chand Narang, Mahmood Farooqui, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan (Khalifa of Dilli Gharana), Gayathri Asokan and Sonam Kalra will also attend the festival.
Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation said, "I believe that for any society to flourish, the articulation of thoughts into language is very important and if there is any language whose very essence tugs affectionately at one's heartstrings, it is Urdu."
"The Jashn-e-Rekhta 2018 aims to bridge divides and bring people closer to each other and to the language," Saraf added.
The festival will be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium near India Gate.
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