Happy Birthday to Mirza Ghalib, Woh Shayar Badnaam - Agents of Ishq

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Salgirah Mubarak, Asad!

Today is the 221st birth anniversary of Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan ‘Ghalib’, who I believe is the greatest Persian and Urdu poet that has ever lived. Somewhere in the bylanes of Gali Qasim Jan, Ghalib is raising us a toast on his birthday, as I hear him murmuring, “Shayar to wo achcha hai, pe badnaam bohot hai…”

The self proclaimed “badnaam shayar” was born into an aristocratic family in Agra, descended from Aibak Turks. Ghalib lost his father, Abdullah Baig Khan, when he was only seven. By the time he was 11 his uncle, Nasrullah Baig Khan, who took charge of the family after his father’s death, died in a fall from an elephant while serving as a commandant under the Marathas at the Agra Fort. The aristocratic life soon faded as a long journey of hardship, longing and perpetual austerity awaited the young shayar.

When Ghalib moved to Delhi from Agra, he was just 15, and already married to Umra’o Begam. As a young poet, he copied the style of Persian poets like Bedil and wrote under the name “Asad”, before adopting “Ghalib” as his nom de plume.

The perpetual state of financial crisis and destitution, which followed him almost all his life, transformed him to a great degree. Ghalib writes:

‘Ghalib’ wazifa-khwar ho do shah ko dua

wo din gae ki kahte the naukar nahin hun main

(Ghalib you should praise the king, dependent that you are

you used to say “I do not serve”, those were the days of yore)

Ghalib’s poetry departed from the conventions of the time, using a complex, somewhat opaque structure. His early poetry challenges received wisdom, asking metaphysical questions to understand the mysteries of the Universe. But to me, the genius of Ghalib’s poetry lies in the ghazals he composed in his later years. Although they speak of grief and helplessness, (I do believe his treatment of grief as a poet is unparalleled) they express longing and a sense of solitude that move beyond the pain.

  1. Ishrat-e-qatra hai dar'ya mein fana ho jana

    To compile a thousand emotions and desires in a single playlist, is like taking a drop from the vast and never-ending ocean of emotions and rhymes. Here’s one such drop, which itself carries multitudes:

    Ishrat-e-qatra hai dar'ya mein fana ho jaana,

    Dard ka had se guzarna hai dawa ho jaana

    (The ecstasy of a drop is to annihilate itself into ocean

    The pain going beyond bounds turns into its own panacea)

    Ishrat-E-Qatra Hai Dariya | Ustad Barkat Ali Khan | Popular Ghazal 2016

    Subscribe to Sufi Folk And Ghazals : https://goo.gl/T3SSzm Song Name : Ishrat-E-Qatra Hai Dariya Artist : Ustad Barkat Ali Khan Don't forget to LIKE | SHARE | COMMENT SUBSCRIBE and Stay Connected :)

  2. Yeh na thi hamari qismat


    Ghalib’s wistful yearning for the beloved and the pain of separation finds solace in the fact that there’s no escape from it, and perhaps the only way is to make peace with it. Had he not been drawn into the grieving of love, he would have been bogged down with the daily miseries of life.

    Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat HQ Mirza Ghalib Chitra Singh post HiteshGhazal

    Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat Ke Vishal e Yaar Hota Lyrics Mirza Assadullah Khan Ghalib 27-12-1797 to 15-02-1869 Singer Jagjit Singh HiteshGhazal 9979099750 www.facebook.com/HiteshGhazal

  3. Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak

    When you know that eventually, destruction looms on the horizon, how would you live through it? Torn apart between restless yearning and the need to go on, how do you make peace with it? Ghalib asks these questions in this Ghazal.

    Aashiqee sabr talab aur tamanna betaab

    Dil ka kya rang karoon khoon-e-jigar hone tak?

    (Love demands patience and yearning restless

    How do I placate my heart till my destruction?)


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  4. Hazaaron khwahishen aisi

    Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force. And of all the human desires, the desire to feel like you belong to a place, a moment, or perhaps, a person is the strongest. Ghalib evokes that sense of belonging coupled with infinite desire, when he writes:

    Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle

    Bahut niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

    (A thousand desires, such that each one seems worth dying for

    Many desires have been fulfilled, yet I yearn for many more)

    Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi HQ Mirza Ghalib Jagjit Singh post HiteshGhazal

    Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi Ke Har Khwahish Pe Dam Nikle Lyrics Mirza Assadullah Khan Ghalib 27-12-1797 to 15-02-1869 Singer Jagjit Singh HiteshGhazal 9979099750 www.facebook.com/HiteshGhazal

  5. Muddat hui hai yaar ko mehman kiye hue

    Another beautiful gem of a ghazal, which has been rendered by many stalwarts including Mehdi Hasan and Jagjit Singh. But this composition by Khayyam in Mohd Rafi’s voice and an opening narration by Kaifi Azmi in which he reads from a letter of Ghalib makes it unique.

    Jee Dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

    Baithe rahain tasavvur-e-jaanaa kiye hue

    (The heart seeks emphatically that leisure, that night and day

    When we would remain seated, contemplating the beloved)

    Muddat Hui Hai Yaar Ko Mehman Kiye Hue- Mohammad Rafi/ Mirza Ghalib/ Khayyam/ Kaifi Azmi

    It was death anniversary of Mohammad Rafi yesterday. The most versatile singer of Hindi films. He ruled cine music like a colossus in 50's and 60's. This is a tribute to him. A fine ghazal of Mirza Ghalib. It has been rendered by many stalwarts but the yearning and pathos expressed by Rafi in his inimitable style is matchless.

  6. Nukta cheen hai gham e dil

    Like most of his ghazals, this one carries multiple layers and an incredible display of wordplay. And when it is coupled with the mellifluous voice of Suraiya, it turns into a desert full of roses. With the longing of the maashuq, the ishq and the helplessness of the aashiq, this ghazal challenges the standard notion of love and forces us to think beyond the obvious.

    Ishq par zor naheen, hai ye woh aatish 'ghalib'

    Ki lagaaye na lage aur bujhaaye na bane.

    (Love is that kind of fire which is beyond control, oh Ghalib,

    It is a fire you cannot kindle and also one, you cannot extinguish even if you want to).

    Mirza Ghalib Urdu Ghazal Nukta CheeN Hai Gham e Dil Singer Suraiya

    This classical Urdu Ghazal was written by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, the greatest classical Urdu poet who lived in Delhi, India in the nineteenth century. The video is from the 1954 Bollywood movie "Mirza Ghalib" produced by Sohrab Modi.

  7. Naqsh fariyaadi hai kis ki shokhi-e-tahreer ka 

    The last in the list is perhaps the most special. What makes it special is the fact that this is the first ghazal of Ghalib’s first Urdu diwan (collection of poetry). Besides, in my opinion, apart from its literary brilliance, it’s a fine example of Ghalib’s philosophical musings.

    Naqsh faryaadi hai kis kee shoukhi-e-tehreer kaa

    Kaghazi hai pairahan, har paikar-e-tasweer kaa

    (Against whose mischievousness is the image complaining?

    Every figure is garbed in a paper robe’) 

    In this couplet, Ghalib is referring to an ancient Iranian custom in which someone seeking justice would appear before the king wearing a paper robe as a symbol of protest against injustice.

    Ghazal: Naqsh fariyaadi hai kis ki shokhi-e-tahreer ka (Talat Mahmood)

    http://www.facebook.com/DesiOldies Thanks to Nick Kohri for identifying the composer. Title: Naqsh Fariyaadi Hai Kis Ki Vocalist: Talat Mahmood Film: N/A Year: 1958 Composer: Khayyam Lyricist: Mirza Ghalib Country of Origin: India

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Salik heads the Social Media Communications (aka Ghalib-in-Chief) at Talk Journalism and he can be found tweeting about Poetry, Physics and Ghalib @baawraman



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