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    154 Yrs After He Died, 'Emperor Of Romance' Ghalib Lives In His Poetry

    Inam Ansari
    November27/ 2022

    Mumbai: Even 154 years after his death, the legendary Urdu-Persian poet -- Mirza Beg Asadullah Khan, or just Mirza Ghalib -- often referred to as the `emperor of romance`, continues to live and thrive in public minds through his evergreen and raging verses or couplets. A first-ever dedicated two-day festival to celebrate the life and times of the romanticist Ghalib opened in Mumbai, organised by the Pasbaan-E-Adab (Defenders of Literature), starting with a tribute to the 26/11 martyrs by students of various Urdu schools in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Named as `Meeras: The Heritage`, the event has brought together some of the biggest names in the world of literature with mushairas, musical shows, Sufiana Kalams, literary quiz and sessions for young and upcoming poets, said the 12-year-old Pasbaan-E-Adab`s guiding spirit, IPS officer Quaiser Khalid. "Ghalib was an important figure in our history and our rich literature. He was witness to some of the biggest events that shaped the country`s future, and which immensely inspired his writings and he continues to influence generations after his passing," Khalid told IANS. Born in Agra, Ghalib (December 27, 1797-February 15, 1868) hailed from a family of Mughals with mixed lineage of Indian, Persian, Turk, Kashmiri, but was orphaned at a tender age and was raised by relatives. When he was just 13, he was married to Umrao Begum, coming from a princely (Nawab) family and moved to Delhi, the hub of the Mughal Empire which was just starting to crack under British domination. Struggling on all fronts, Ghalib described life as a `sentence` followed by marriage which was another `imprisonment` and these became the theme of his poetry on many occasions, and seemed to strike a chord with the c ...

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