The Poetic Trails at Mirza Ghalib Haveli with Sumit Dey
Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Gate No. 3
The last Mughal emperor, Emperor Bahdur Shah Zafar turned his court inside the historic Red Fort into a public sphere of cultural icons of the ‘Walled City’, presently known as Old Delhi. His love for Persian/Urdu poetry and his own career as a poet, encouraged Bahadur Shah Zafar to organize regular poetry reading sessions known as ‘Mushairas' where poets, emergent, existing and residual, would get a chance to recite their poetry about life & love in the presence of fellow poets and the royal patron. It is in this ‘Walled City' that major Poets of the late Mughal era like Meer Taqi Meer, Momin Khan Momin, Mirza Asadullah Ghalib and Daag Dehlvi flourished and contributed much to the development of the modern day Urdu language. The poets' expressions grew on the hinterland of set vocabularies and imageries about the sacred & the profane, the faithful & the unfaithful, the lover & the mystic, romance & despair, wine & the beautiful ‘saqi' and above all, this bittersweet life. Metaphors and imageries spoke volumes in Persian/Urdu poetry of the late 19th century Shahjahanabad.
Keeping this unique world of the lost poets in mind Roohdaar Kashtiwala invites you to join for a slightly different Heritage walk at the historic haveli of Mirza Ghalib at Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran, in order to revisit the bygone era of royal Mushairas at Shahjahanabad by commemorating the lives, times and poetry of the lost poets of Old Delhi. The walk will incorporate spoken words, recitation, music and images.
Sumit Dey's Profile
Sumit Dey studied Journalism and Film Studies. He worked with All India Radio and Press Information Bureau in the past. He is currently working at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts as Research Assistant for the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. His area of current academic interest is music in early sound cinemas of India. Hindustani Classical Music is his domain of passion.
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Connoisseurs of poetry, music, general researchers and the curious