Tag Archives: Urdu-Poetry

Wali Gujarati: Father of Urdu poetry

Wali Gujarati [1667-1707] is considered father of Urdu poetry. While we all know the respect Ghalib paid to Meer few of us know what Meer Taqi Meer said about Wali: Khugar nahin kuch yun hi hum Rekhta-goi kay Mashooq jo … Continue reading

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Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz – A Journey of Love, Hope and Nationalism

THE year was 1935. The union hall of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was brimming with students and the atmosphere was electric. A young man in sherwani stands up. He runs his hand through his long locks, and recites his poem … Continue reading

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Who is the best Meer singer?

Meer Taqi Meer is a big name in Urdu poetry. In fact, he is so big that it seems people are afraid to touch him. There has been lot of work on Ghalib and Iqbal but Meer has been denied … Continue reading

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Marsiya : a form of Urdu poetry

I am happy to see this news about opening of a school to revive/preserve the art of marsiya writing. Marsiya is a fully developed form of Urdu poetry and it is wrong to think that is just a lamentation for … Continue reading

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A Poem On Mumbai Attacks

A beautiful and thought provoking poem on the Mumbai attacks penned by social activist Gauhar Raza directed towards secular friends who have fallen for the false propaganda of the killers. Continue reading

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Ghalib: Ode to Benaras

It is sad that our ancestors, not in a very distant past, were much more respectful of other religions. Mirza Ghalib at his time wrote glowingly about Benaras during a visit to the Hindu holy city. Continue reading

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Ahmed Faraz – Remembering The Romantic Rebel

Remembering the revolutionary poet, Ahmed Faraz, through his 10 couplets. Continue reading

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Faraz – The Poet, The Romantic, The Rebel

Dissecting the life and works of Ahmad Faraz, the famous poet of South Asia Continue reading

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Kaifi Azmi – The Poet And The Man

Remembering the famous Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, on his 6th death anniversary. Continue reading

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Mushaira: The Shrinking Platform Of Urdu Poetry

kyaa rahaa hai MushaairoN meN ab log kuch jam’aa aan hote haiN What is there in poetry soirees now? Some people gather, and that is it. It is difficult to believe that the above couplet was written by Mir Taqi … Continue reading

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