Eminent poet Ghalib’s Death Anniversary will be celebrated on May 17 at India International Centre, Max Muller Marg, in the Capital. The programme will comprise brief narration on Ghalib by Pavan K Varma (author and MP, Rajya Sabha), Kathak Dance based on Ghalib’s Ghazals by Uma Sharma and Vocal recital based on Ghalib’s Ghazal by Anita Singhvi.
Sharma visited Ghalib’s haveli which was in a dilapidated condition and was falling apart. In order to restore the Ghalib’s Haveli to its rightful place she formed a committee ‘Ghalib Memorial Movement’. She then approached Sheila Dikshit to help in getting the Haveli Vacated and make it into a Heritage site. With the former Chief Minister’s interest and her relentless efforts the Haveli was finally restore and is now a befitting Memorial to the great poet.
To commemorate this event she have been organizing Ghalib’s birth and death Anniversary every year which includes a candle light procession to Ghalib’s Haveli from Town Hall, Mushaira in traditional andaz and a cultural programme based on Ghalib’s writing. This evening programme is a culmination of this year’s Ghalib’s death anniversary celebration.
On this occasion Sharma, who is a Padma Shri holder, has decided to almost relive Ghalib through her interpretation of his poetry, as a man of many moods.
Uma Sharma seems to have vowed to bring Asad-Ullah Khan Ghalib back to life, right there in the eye of the new millennium by recreating for us the inner world of the poet and the man.