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Rekhta Baitbaazi

Rekhta Baitbaazi

A National Competition Celebrating Urdu Tradition

Rekhta Foundation presents Rekhta Baitbaazi to preserve Urdu tradition, inspire youth, and nurture the language for future generations.

Baitbaazi, a traditional Urdu poetry competition popular in India, Pakistan, and across the Urdu diaspora, assesses participants ability to memorize and recite couplets (sher/ashaar) in response to those recited by others. This enriches their repertoire of Urdu poetry and motivates them to memorize more couplets. Antakshari, the Hindi counterpart of Baitbaazi, similarly captivates enthusiasts of Hindi poetry and songs.

Competition Flow :

  • 1. Register your team (3 members only) by 28th April 2024.
  • 2. Virtual shortlisting of teams will be done by May 2024.
  • 3. Qualifier rounds will be held from May to July 2024
  • 4. The grand finale at Jashn-e-Rekhta New Delhi, December 2024

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • 1. Participation is open to students only from class 11th and above, including post-graduates and PhD scholars. A valid student ID is required.
  • 2. Students pass out of 2023 batch are eligible for participation.
  • 3. Last date of registration is 28th April 2024.

Participation Information:

  • 1. Each team will comprise of three members.
  • 2. There will be multiple qualification rounds designed by the Rekhta team.
  • 3. ⁠Teams may have students from different schools, colleges or universities but they must be from the same city.
  • 4. Multiple teams can apply from the same institution.
  • 5. If there are fewer team entries from a city, the shortlisted teams will be invited to a nearby city hosting the qualifying round.
  • 6. Rekhta Foundation will sponsor the travel expenses for the winning teams and provide complimentary access to the Jashn-e-Rekhta Delhi 2024 for their participation and overall attendance.
  • 7. All registrations should be from India only.

Competition Rules:

  • 1. Virtual pre-qualification will be conducted to assess eligibility criteria.
  • 2. Judging criteria include response time, rhythm, pronunciation, presentation style, and quality of couplets.
  • 3. Each team has 10 seconds to respond to each couplet.
  • 4. If a team is not able to respond in a given time, the other team gets a chance.
  • (a) if a wrong couplet is recited, the other team can correct it by saying "Alqat’a"
  • (b) if no team answers correctly, the audience can respond, and one with the correct answer will receive a complimentary gift.
  • 5. The judges’ decisions will be deemed final.


  • 1. The qualifier rounds in each city will host shortlisted teams, with the winning team advancing to the grand finale at Jashn-e-Rekhta Delhi 2024.
  • 2. Certificates and cash prizes will be presented to both the winners and runners-up from each city.
  • 3. The winning team of the grand finale will receive a mega prize.
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Jashn-e-Rekhta | 8-9-10 December 2023 - Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate - New Delhi

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