Mirza Ghalib’s 220th Birthday. December 27, 2017
Today we celebrate one of Urdu literature’s most iconic poets, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, known in popular culture by many names, but most commonly as Ghalib (meaning conqueror).
Born in the India and saw the reign of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah,Zafar, Ghalib showed a gift for language at an early age and was educated in Persian, Urdu, and Arabic.
His verse is characterized by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life — from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven children in their infancy, to the political upheaval that surrounded the fall of Mughal rule in India. He struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends.
But despite these hardships, Ghalib navigated his circumstances with wit, intellect, and an all-encompassing love for life. His contributions to Urdu poetry and prose were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but his legacy has come to be widely celebrated, most particularly for his mastery of the Urdu ghazal (amatory poem).
Irshaad mukarrar, Mirza!
Early concepts of the Doodle below
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIRZA GHALIB
Celebrating Ghalib’s 220th birthday with Google India.
نہ تھا کچھ تو خدا تھا کچھ نہ ہوتا توخدا ہوتا
ڈبویا مجھ کو ہونے نے نہ ہوتا میں تو کیا ہوتا-