While the winter decided to knock at the door of the city a little too early, the second edition of Sanchaari’s Allahabad SanskirtikParv began on 2nd December’2016 with excitement, fervour and lots of hard-work. Team Sanchaari this year brought to the city a magical potion with exquisite ingredients from the age old cauldrons of art, music, literature and history.
The inaugural function was attended by the Hon’ble Chief Justice Dilip B Bhonsle of the Allahabad High Cort). During his keynote address, the Hon’ble Chief Justice shared a few kind words of appreciation for the hard work put in by Team Sanchaari for revisiting the culture of Allahabad and reviving it in the most unique manner.
The first session of the day stirred up an atmosphere of nostalgia and fond memories, when Mr.VivekPriyadarshini and Prof. SmitaBaghuna Agarwal enthralled the audience with the ghazals of Firaq and Nirala.
The atmosphere inside the premise got electrified with the entry of Sanchaari’s favourite team member, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, who flew all the way from the city of dreams- Mumbai to attend the function. His conversation with Dr.SabaMehmood Bashir was candid and gave many insights into his exceptional work and intriguing thought process
With camera’s flashing and warm hugs, Mr. Bhatt bid goodbye to the city promising to be back soon again because he feels home when in Allahabad.
The third session of the day was an in depth discussion on the Progressive Writer’s movement with speakers like Rakhsanhda Rakshanda Jalil, Prof. Fatmi and Alok Rai who spoke about the famous people who joined the movement and made a mark in Indian Literature with their profound works. They began with Munshi Prem Chand and brought in to discussion the contribution of progressive writers like IsmatChughtai, Rashid Jahan and Sadat Hasan Manto. They also focused on the concept of realism reflected in the works of above mentioned writers.
During the fourth session on day one – DharmeshChaubey,Nikhat Gandhi and Saba Naqvi expressed their views on Changing dimensions in New Perspective on Feminism. The patriarchal influence and control over the female world were the focal points of their discussion.
Prof.Smita Agarwal, YashMalviya and ShleshGautam brought to light the changing trends in poetry writing in the fifth session. Prof. Agarwal said Slam poetry and digital poetry have brought a revolution in the reign of poetry by democratizing the art. Later Prof. Agarwal in her ever so melodious voice re invoked the memories of Akbar e-Illahabadi by singing by Hungamahaikyunbarpathodisijo…
Last but not the least Prof.Neelam Saran Gaur read some excerpts from Akbar and Jaanki her forthcoming book which represents Akbar and JankiBaai’s relationship in different phases of their lives.
The second day began with an interactive session that brought forth the exceptional relation .Law and Literature has shared over decades and centuries. The session was a unique discussion amongst three young lawyers of the Allahabad high Court-SafdarKazmi, DevaangSawla, Tanisha Jehangir Munir, later joined in by Sankalp Singh. During the session, Advocate Safdar said that with the evolution of time Law and Literature are simultaneously running to reach the same destination. According to another young lawyer, “Literature is an expression of human empathy whereas Law is the expression of highest order”. The discussion was followed by an interesting open mic session during which Justice Pankaj Naqvi, Prof.Smita Agrawal and others putting forward their views and a question answer round with the panelists.
A sweet flavour of Urdu and lyrical poetry added the right taste to the morning of 3rd December’2016, with a recitation of Nazm by Advocate TahiraKazmi titled ‘Paankifariyad’- An Autobiography of Paan (beetle-leaf).
The winter afternoon became a melodious one when the very talented AnirudhVerma; moved his fingers on his piano. A pianist and expert in Indian classical ragas, western music and contemporary jazz the audience swayed along with his music.
The evening session began with the camera taking us back to the glorious past of Indian music. A documentary film entitled ‘The other song’ by Saba Dewan was screened which traces the lost traditions and culture of courtesans of north India. The story journeys across Varanasi, Lucknow and Muzaffarpur (India) through a popular song playing in the background “Phoolgendwnamaro, lagatkarejwapechot” rendered by the one of the finest and greatest singers of Hindustani classical music Rasoolan Bai. The documentary displayed the decline of a great art form which later came to be identified as symbols of sexuality and eroticism. The film maker, SabaDewan was also present during the screening.
The highlight of the second day took the audience a little more into history, art and culture with artists performing the lost art of storytelling – Daastangoi. A sixteenth century Urdu oral story telling art form this art form till date never fails to enchant the audience and leave them somewhere in the past mesmerised . During this session, the dastaango(narrators) Rajesh Kumar and Rana Pratap created magic through the narration of stories on the stage.
The day third of thefestival began with the heritage walk led by ‘Asif Khan Dehelvi’ a famous story teller from Delhi. A student of history his work addresses the historical stories hidden inside the monuments of the past.
The walk took the participants from to city’s old and historic lanes of Chowk – starting from Ghantaghar, Neem ka Ped, YadgaareHussaini Inter College and ending with the a yummy breakfast in the famous LoknathkiGali.
After the heritage walk, it was time for some eerie stories from the city’s favourite story tellers’ Prof. Neelum Saran Gaur and Shri. Rashid Kamal. They narrated stories about ghosts Jinns, witches. The ambience of the hall was filled with an air of eeriness, horror and mist.
The evening had a special guest from Lucknow, Mr.MuzaffarAli, who spoke at length about periodical films and the art of fil making in a candid conversation with Prof Fatmi. The session ended with the launch of the award winning book “Daggers of Treason” written by Mr. Niraj Srivastava, who also read some fascinating exceprts from his book before the launch.