New Delhi: Urdu poets from around the world will return to floor the connoisseurs of language at one of Delhi's most-loved mushairas on Friday but the event will miss its longstanding patrons Shahryar and M F Husain who had supported it strongly over the years.
The annual Jashn-e-Bahar mushaira, which has now become quite an awaited event on the literary calendar, lost its two veteran patrons in the year gone by.
This year, as 16 shayars, including the likes of Javed Akhtar and Waseem Barelvi, and seven beautiful voices from outside India, render their kalams, they will also use the platform to pay tributes to the two.
While Shahryar who penned the immortal lyrics of Umrao Jaan was a regular at the mushaira till last year, Husain too attended every edition of the gathering till he stayed in India.
Shahryar died last month at the age of 75 after a prolonged battled with cancer, Husain passed away in June last year at 95 years of age.
"Jashn-e-Bahar was the only mushaira where Husain recited his poetry. As for Shahyrar, he was here every year and 2011 was his last mushaira," Kamna Prasad, founder of the trust said.   
"We are doing our bit to pay our tributes to them and we will be speaking about them from the platform of the mushaira," she said.
This year's list of poets includes seven shayars from outside India, including two from Pakistan, and two of the participants are those whose mother tongue has not been Urdu.
Among those who will be reciting from their works will be Max Bruce from the United States of America, who won many a heart last year with his beautiful and youthful renditions.
Among other foreigners will be Aziz Nabeel from Qaear, Zubair Farooq Alarshi from UAE, Taqi Abidi from Canada, and Basir Kazmi, the son of renowned Pakistani poet Nasir Kazmi. Zehra Nigah from Karachi and Anwar Masood from Islamabad will be the two eminent Pakistani poets who will speak to their audience as the mushaira that has the reputation of bringing in contemporary Urdu poets to its lovers enters the 14th edition.
A young school student from Delhi Public School (DPS) will read his verse in the Delhi edition. Interestingly, this year the mushaira will also travel to Karim college in Jamshedpur as part of the campaign to introduce Urdu poetry to young minds.
The other Indian poets who will be part of the event are Mansoor Usmani, Gauhar Raza, Dipti Mishra, Mukhtar Yusufi, Rajesh Reddy, Nasrin Naqqash and Nuzhat Anjum.