Sahir Ludhianvi, known as a colossus among film lyricists, is considered by many as one of the foremost Urdu poets of the twentieth century.
In commemoration of his birth centenary in 2021, walk down memory lane with Javed Akhtar as he renders Ludhianvi’s poetry in his own unique and admirable style, sharing memories of his friendship with the poet and celebrating his life and work. Shankar Mahadevan puts his words to music, lending his voice to his famous poems and songs. As one of Sahir’s closest friends, this production is also a touching tribute to their friendship, one wroug...
Start Sales Date
Esplanade&Me Priority Booking
11 Oct 2021, 12pm
12 Oct 2021 onwards, 9am
Esplanade Box Office:
12 Oct 2021, 12 noon - 6pm
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, with no intermission
Performed in Hindi
Admission Rules of Esplanade:
- All patrons are required to use the TraceTogether app or token via the SafeEntry Gateway. We regret that patrons who do not have the app or the token will be denied entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
- Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.
- Rating: PG
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
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- Maintain safe distancing between groups.
- Keep your mask on and practice good personal hygiene.
- Use the hand sanitiser provided around the centre and in the performance venues.
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Esplanade reserves the right not to admit patrons who do not comply with prevailing safe management measures.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.
Javed Akhtar is one of India’s most celebrated artists of all time. He is the recipient of the country’s highest awards for his contribution to the arts, both the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He is a poet, lyricist and screenwriter, as well as social-political activist. He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha of India. In 2020, Javed Akhtar received the Richard Dawkins Award for his contribution to secularism and upholding human values.
Shankar Mahadevan is an award-winning musical composer and playback singer who rose to fame with the release of the musical album entitled Breathless in 1998, written by renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar. Their relationship has deepened over the years on a professional and personal level. Thereafter, Shankar ventured into music direction and became a member of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, who continue to be one of the leading music composers in the Indian film industry. Shankar's talent and skill is complemented by his versatility and continuous desire for challenges. He got his first National Film Award in playback singing in 2000 and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019.
As part of the latest safe management measures, Pre-Event Testing (PET) is compulsory for all audiences attending this performance, except for those who have completed the full vaccination against COVID-19#.
Patrons who have yet to complete their vaccination must undergo PET at any of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Approved Test Providers, or at Quick Test Centres, within 24 hours before the end of the performance, at your own cost. On-site PET is not available at Esplanade for this event.
Children aged 12 and below may be exempted from PET. Please book “12years and below” tickets for children in this age group. Verification will be done at the door, and strictly no admission nor refunds for patrons holding the wrong type of tickets. This is to ensure the number of children does not exceed 20% of the total audience size.
#Full vaccination refers to:
• two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or any COVID-19 vaccines under the World Health Organisation's (WHO) emergency use list
• recovery from a COVID-19 infection
Do bring along your negative PET test result notice, photo identification, and mobile device with updated TraceTogether (TT) app or token for SafeEntry check-in. We regret that patrons who do not have their photo ID, the app or token will be denied entry. Please visit MOH website for details.
- 15% savings for E&Me Black members
- 10% savings for E&Me White members
- 10% savings for E&Me Discover members (Package of 4 across min. 2 shows (applicable to Concert Hall and Theatre shows of Kalaa Utsavam 2021 only))
- $22 for Student, Senior Citizen (aged 60 years and above) and NSF
- Subject to availability