New Delhi: Café Karvaan is a new emerging place for lively performances with the view of banks of Yamuna river. At the café, Ghazal singers Iqbal Farooqui and Poet Azhar Hashmi 'Sabqat' enthralled the audiences with their performance during the weekend on Saturday.
Karvaan-e-Adab is an initiative by Café Karvaan to promote art and culture in its vibrant small and cosy space. This event would be a series of events, thus will be reorganized and the dates will be announced soon via their social media page.
The initiative aims to give such people a platform to create and collaborate on art and literature. The idea was to revive that old tradition of a casual gathering of a group and enjoy the Mughal style charm of gatherings at the newly opened café in New Delhi's Jamia Nagar.
The musical event started with thoughtful ghazals by Azhar Hashmi 'Sabqat'. His ghazals are full of love, brotherhood, unity, solitude, relationships, friendship, and represents a progressive social outlook. Hailing from Munger, Bihar, he is an engineer by profession and has recited at various 'Mushaira' across the country.
Azhar Hashmi's 'Sabqat' set the tone for the evening by reciting his beautiful ghazals, and there on passing the mike to Iqbal Farooqui who mesmerized the audience with a soulful rendition of ghazals which were originally sung by Jagjit Singh.
With his uncanny way of holding the guitar back to front and tapping to create beats, Iqbal Farooqui sang various ghazals and drew wide applause from the audience. His rendition of ghazals like Zindagi Tune Lahoo Leke Diya Kuch Bhi Nahin, Yaad Nahin Kya Kya Dekha, Main Nashe Mein Hoon left the audience wanting for more.
Asad Ashraf, founder of the café said, “The idea was to create a cultural space; where artists, writers, intellectuals, and everyone else can meet, discuss, and create. He said the aesthetics of the place was created by his wife Asma Rafat, who is also the founder of the café.”
The scenic view of the Yamuna from its terrace and the aesthetic appeal of the café along with an immense collection of books on various genres and portraits of artists are soul-soothing for people having literary interests.