A performance of Sukhan in progress

BJP National President Amit Shah at a book release program, in Jammu.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with senior Minister Azam Khan at a function organised to felicitate Urdu students who topped in their districts, in Lucknow.

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Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari with eminent Urdu scholar Professor Gopi Chand Narang and Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar release a five-volume compendium of Muztar Khairabadi's poetry, in New Delhi .

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Times are tough for the katibs of Urdu Bazaar. They might be the last of calligraphy artists to work in these streets.

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He is optimistic in spite of the lack of work and will continue to work as a calligraphy artist.

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Abdul Rehman's workplace is located in the alley behind Urdu Bazaar. He starts his work after the afternoon prayers.

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Yakub keeps all his work crammed in a plastic bag due to the lack of space in the shop.

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Mohammad Yakub works a few shops away from Ghalib, on the same street.

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The crowded street of Urdu Bazaar, near Jama Masjid.

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Ghalib removes excess ink from his pen.

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He works in a bookshop that sells Urdu and Hindi books.

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Ghalib used to write books earlier but the demand for books has gone down.

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Ghalib learnt calligraphy for three years in Deoband

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Mohammad Ghalib has been working in Urdu Bazaar since he came to Delhi in the 1980s.

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There are few calligraphy artists or Katibs remaining in Urdu Bazaar, Delhi.

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Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid with BJP President Rajnath Singh during the 4th Conference of ETV Urdu in Jaipur.

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R.I.P, Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ (1936-2012)

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Vice President M. Hamid Ansari releases the book “Justice to Urdu” with its author Justice Makandey Katju as Law Minister Salman Khurshid and veteran Journalist Kuldeep Nayar look on at a function in New Delhi on Saturday.

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Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister Veerappa Moily, Alok P Jain (2ndL) and Akhilesh Jain (R) present 44th Jnanpith Award to famous Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar' (C) in New Delhi.

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Poets O.N.V. KURUP and AKHLAQ K. SHAHRYAR win Jnanpith for ’07 and ’08 respectively. Seminal voices in Malayalam and Urdu, and stellar film lyricists too.