amitab-4This week saw the celebration of the 102nd birth anniversary of the renowned poet and father of actor Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The event saw the gathering of the Bachchan family who sang and recited poems of the great poet. A distinguished Hindi poet and the writer of the great collection Madhushala, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was born in 1907. Longing for an eternal union with his beautiful beloved, Madhushala employs a range of symbols, especially that of wine, much as in the tradition of Persian poetry. When megastar Amitabh Bachchan and other members of his family took to the podium to recite from Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s ‘Madhushala – The House of Wine’, commemorating his 102nd birth anniversary, nostalgia was in the air as the book was launched in a new avatar. First published in 1933-34, the book is now designed in a format that contains original poems along with their English translation, interspersed with illustrations of paintings done by Namrita Bachchan, daughter of Amitabh’s brother Ajitabh. Actor and son of Harivasnh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan spoke to the media about this launch. Actor Abhishek Bachchan said that the event was very special as even the third generation of the Bachchan’s were involved in the translation of Maduhshala. On the other hand, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said that it was an honor to be a part of this event. Almost every member of the Bachchan family recited Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s select poems on the occasion. Actors Om Puri, Rahul Bose and Ashutosh Rana and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi were among others present at the function.

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