General Resources and Articles

This post lists a few general resources on the history of Urdu poetry, the Hindi-Urdu controversy, forms of poetry, technical terms etc. Rekhta - This is a one-stop-shop for a very large corpus of Urdu poetry. SR Faruqi - Early Urdu Literary Culture and History (more English writing by SRF here) Imre Bangha: Rekhta - … Continue reading General Resources and Articles

سرہانے میر کے Sirhaney Meer Ke – Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sb

Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sahab of Lahore is re-recording some of this earlier lectures on Mir Taqi Mir. These were delivered under the title سرہانے میر کے (sirhaaney Meer ke). I archive the videos here as they are published by his team. Introductory remarks and the first ghazal of Kulliyat-e-Mir: thā musta.ār husn se us ke … Continue reading سرہانے میر کے Sirhaney Meer Ke – Ustad Ahmad Javaid Sb

Mir and Ghalib on the beloved’s street

Recently, while browsing through Frances Pritchett's excellent online commentary site on Mir Taqi Mir's poetry, Garden of Kashmir, I chanced upon the following verse: firdaus se kuchh us kī galī meñ kamī nahīñ par sākinoñ meñ vāñ ke koʾī ādamī nahīñ His/her lane is not any less than Paradise But you won't find any humans … Continue reading Mir and Ghalib on the beloved’s street

“The moon waxes big so that it might become your forehead”: Ghalib’s metaphor-inverting verses

The human mind works through metaphors and analogies. And no one understands this better than a poet. In the sub-continental Urdu-Persian poetic tradition, the metaphor was carried to great heights of sophistication during the classical period. The “Indian style” of Persian poetry (sabk-e-hindi)and its allied Urdu tradition became famous (some would say notorious) for their … Continue reading “The moon waxes big so that it might become your forehead”: Ghalib’s metaphor-inverting verses

Man Kunto Maula at Sufi Dargah in Sarnath, India

I have blogged before about the "little qawwali traditions" referring to the countless qawwals who sing at small town dargahs all over South Asia. Here is another example of the same. Bachcha Mohsin Qadri Qawwal and Part from Ghazipur, UP sing qaul at the urs (death anniversary) of a Sufi saint who lies buried in … Continue reading Man Kunto Maula at Sufi Dargah in Sarnath, India