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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.

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.

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Shortlisted entries will be soon contacted by Team Rekhta.

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 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 festival for their participation and overall attendance.
  • 7. All registrations should be from India only.

Competition Rules:

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


  • 1. The qualifier rounds in each city will host 8 teams, with the winning team advancing to the Jashn-e-Rekhta 2024 grand finale.
  • 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