The Jashn-e-Bahar Trust, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to serving the cause of Urdu. Well known among Urdu lovers for its annual mushaira Jashn-e-Bahar, it constantly involves itself in activities related to nurturing the rich, syncretic traditions of Urdu and works towards developing friendship and amity among the people of the sub-continent who share this common heritage.
Now in its 20th year, mushaira Jashn-e-Bahar is the only non-official and non-political mushaira of the capital city of India. The biggest such event to be held in Delhi, it has traveled to several places across India. The mushaira celebrates the joy of the season and of creativity as expressed through the Urdu Verse. It continues to be organized with the sole objective of keeping alive and nurturing the traditions of Urdu Ghazal and Nazm that were born in and have flourished in the soil of Hindustan.Promoting amity and friendship among the people of the subcontinent through poetry, this international mushaira brings together around one score of the finest Urdu Poets, from different parts of South Asia and from those parts of the globe where the Indian Diaspora has left its mark. The purpose is to keep alive the tradition of a poetic dialogue between poets and their audience and also to contribute to the efforts of taking Urdu to a wider cross-section through filming and audio-visual documentation of the event.
The mushaira, the publication of the Jashn-e-Bahar Souvenir and the production of the Video and Audio Recordings of the mushaira are annual activities of the Jashn-e-Bahar Trust.
Other activities of the Trust
The Trust is also involved in developing a database on contemporary Urdu Poets and runs the website www.jashnebahar.org which has become an effective interface between poets, Urdu lovers and the media.
In collaboration with its sister organization Jiya Prakashan, Jashn-e-Bahar Trust annually releases a collection of a classical Urdu poet in Devnagri with the aim of reaching the best of works in the language to those who have an interest in the language but cannot read the script. Jiya Prakashan has published books on Mirza Ghalib, Meer Taqi Meer, Kabir, Daag Dehlavi, Ahmad Faraz , Sahir Ludhianvi, Akbar Allahabadi, Nazeer Akbarabadi and Jigar Moradabadi.
The Trust is also currently involved in developing a project aimed at introducing school children to the richness of the literary traditions of Urdu and its contribution as a vehicle for mobilising the people during the struggle for freedom.