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Get to know about Poetry in Uttar Pradesh, India. 'UP poetry recitation' will talk about Utter Pradesh Hindi/Urdu Poetry.

Poetry in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has a very rich tradition of poetry. The poetry in Utter Pradesh is done in nearly all the languages but the torchbearers are Hindi and Urdu. Apart from that, Awadhi and Braj Bhasha also contribute a lot. The poetry recitation is an integral part of the poetry culture and that is why you will find these recitation functions happening in every other towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh. It is very heartening to see that younger generation is successfully carrying forward this rich tradition.

Hindi Poetry in Uttar Pradesh
Hindi being mother tongue of UP has quite a significant influence on society and its contemplation. The language through its poetry reflects the mood and aspiration of the masses. Uttar Pradesh has produced some of the well-known laureates of this art form. The significant names among them include Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, Sumitra Nandan Pant, Kavi Pradeep and Harivansh Rai Bacchhan. Among the historical figures Kabir and Ramanand rule the roost. The recitation ceremony is called 'Kavi Sammelan' or 'Kavi Sangosthi' in Hindi. Many a times separate recitation ceremonies are arranged for humorous poetry. The masters of this genre include names like Kaka Hathrasi, Ashok Chakradhar and Surendra Sharma.

Urdu Poetry in Uttar Pradesh
Urdu poetry has a tradition that cannot be matched by any language in India in terms of its spread, impact and rebellion. Uttar Pradesh feels pride in telling that Urdu was conceived and saw its zenith in this state only. The Urdu poetry that owes its birth to Royal courts came out of its influence gradually and became the lingua franka of freedom movement in India. Urdu poetry also became tool in the hands of those left leaning poets and activists who wanted to narrow the class divide in India. Uttar Pradesh has produced a majority of poets in the course of history. The classical list includes names like Mirza Dabir and Mir Aneesh. Even in the modern times names like Firaq Gorakhpuri, Josh Malihabadi, Akbar Allahabadi, Mazaz Lakhnavi, Kaifi Azmi, Ali Sardar Jafri, Shaqeel Badayuni and Nida Fazili have carried the flag of revolution. Most of the time, poems of these writers used to be based on themes like hunger, gender equality, class equality, secularism and poverty. That was quite a welcome change from the early phase where only love, wine and betrayal were considered the core issues.

Poetry in Other Languages in Uttar Pradesh
Apart from Hindi and Urdu, Awadhi and Braj Bhasha are the languages that have a rich poetry tradition. The former was the lingua franka of Sufi poets and saints in Oudh. That is why the language has a very impressive collection of Sufi poetry most of them written by poets such as Baba Farid and Amir Khusrau. While on other hand Braj Bhasha was the language of Lord Krishna. It is therefore very natural that almost entire collection of poetries in Braj Bhasha is based around the theme of Krishna and his love with Radha.