Bhopal meet criticises Mirza Ghalib’s Urdu language for
A 10-day orientation course / workshop for Urdu teachers got
underway here at Mulla Ramuzi Sanskriti Bhavan, the headquarters of
Madhya Pradesh Urdu....
When the kathak maestro Uma Sharma, writer-diplomat Pavan K Varma,
heritage activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed, poet Gulzar Dehlvi, bureaucrat
Abid Hussain and the couplets of Ghalib go together, the churning
produces Yadgar-e-Ghalib - a two-day commemoration of Mirza Ghalib
Dec 26-27 on the occasion of the inimitable poet’s 212th birth
anniversary. Ghalib was born Dec 27, 1797.
Coming in the wake of reports of the
misuse and vandalisation of Ghalib’s haveli by holding of wedding
receptions, the cultural programme will seek to give new life and
meaning to his ancestral property in the old city, according to
Firoz Bakht Ahmed, heritage activist and secretary, Ghalib Memorial
Danseuse Uma Sharma will begin the
first day of the event (Dec 26) with a candle light procession from
Town Hall, Chandni Chowk, to the Gali Qasimjan haveli of Mirza
Ghalib. The procession will conclude at Ghalib’s haveli where Gulzar
Dehlvi, Pavan Varma, Uma Sharma and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan will pay
homage on life and times of Ghalib. After this there will be a
cultural evening at Kucha Pati Ram Haveli at Kucha Pati Ram, Bazaar
Sita Ram in old Delhi.
All through the vintage selling street
of Chandni Chowk will be the specially created platforms
highlighting the attarwalas, pankhewalas (fan holders), mashals
(torches), huqqas (smoking system) and pandaans (betel leaf boxes).
The nafeeri and tasha (musical instrument of the Mughal era)
artistes will accompany the procession to Ghalib’s house at Gali
On day two of the Yadgar-e-Ghalib, the
main attraction will include Uma’s unique ballet “Shama bujhti hei…”
at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodi Road at 6.30 p.m.The
function will begin with Pavan Varma reading from his book “Ghalib:
The man, The times”.
According to Firoz Bakht Ahmed, the
glorious thing about Ghalib is that his poetry never fitted into
watertight compartments because his world in the ghazals was too
vast and too contradictory. His poetry is unique, not only for the
intensity of feelings but also for the exquisite charm and profound
thoughts that are part of his beautiful world, said Ahmed.
He said Kishwar Naheed, the Ghalib
expert and poetess from Pakistan who was recently in Delhi to read a
paper under the aegis of Aiwan-e-Ghalib in New Delhi, had declared:
“India is Ghalib and Ghalib is India!”