Shabana Azmi and Tanve Azmi held a painting and drawing competition on Sunday for the specially abled children from different NGOs and mainstream schools of the city.This activity was initiated to provide a common platform for children from different streams to showcase their creativity.

Kaifi Azmi’s poem, ‘Pyar Ka Jashn’ was interpreted by the children of ages 10 -15 years through drawings and paintings. The competition was held at the Kaifi Azmi Park, Juhu.

Kaifi Azmi was extremely fond of children.He formed the IPTA Baal Manch during his tenure as the President of IPTA (Indian People’s Theater Association).
This event is in continuation to the yearlong centenary celebration of Kaifi Azmi with mushairas, plays, seminars, pen festival, book releases in India and abroad.

RAAG SHAYARI- Celebrating Kaifi Azmi's love for Children with a drawing and painting contest
RAAG SHAYARI- Celebrating Kaifi Azmi’s love for Children with a drawing and painting contest

‘Raag Shayari’ an evening of music and Kaifi Sahab’s poetry conceived by Javed Akhtar, starring Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Akhtar, and Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.The Production is Designed by Anuradha Parikh. ‘The performance of Raag Shayari’ will be on 13th Jan at the NCPA and 14th Jan at St. Andrews Auditorium.

Kaifi Azmi has been one of the finest poets borne witness to an entire era of social changes. His first ghazal was ‘Itna toh zindagi mein kisi ki khalal pade’ that got him instant recognition. As a lyricist his most popular songs are from ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Haqeeqat’, ‘Arth’ and ‘Heer Ranjha’. ‘Heer Ranjha’ and his other film songs were written entirely in verse. Kaifi Azmi has also received the greatest number of literary and poetry awards for his works.

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