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Ghalib & Mir - The Magic of Urdu Poetry


Ghalib & Mir - The Magic of Urdu Poetry

Urdu poetry is a world into itself. Urdu has its roots in the syncretic tradition of Old Persian & Sanskrit, which were themselves close cousins and the New Persian & Khari Boli, which were their successors in the two greatest old world civilizations. Urdu has managed to remain a very modern language, despite strong pressures to pull it into the middle ages. This modernism in Urdu exists mostly because of its poetry, which has always cocked a snook at the established order and always, without compromise, insisted on the freedom of the individual's muse. The most free-spirited of Urdu poets are also it's greatest masters: Ghalib and Mir. You have not lived a life unless you have known the twain. Come and see if this claim is true, in the first instalment of this program, especially created for MyBoTree by Owais Khan.

About Owais: Owais bid adieu to the Corporate world at the age of 43, meeting his target Retirement Corpus two years ahead of schedule. He has since been keeping himself busy with his social work, giving himself the title of a 'Happiness Consultant'. Eschewing the grandly self-indulgent comparison with the Mahadeva, he calls himself a 'saafi': the platformmop-dishcloth-glove-mitt-vesselholder combo, the quick-dirtying kitchen cloth you keep in your kitchen to serve as a barrier between yourself and the dirty, the damaged, the spilled, the burnt, the hot, the painful and such. He says his job is to absorb the pain of those who need him and help them do what they want to do.

Entry: 150/- inclusive of tea/ coffee

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