Jalil is a Delhi-based author, translator and literary historian
The Delhi he knew at first hand is all but gone, lost irretrievably and hence can never be accessed by the generation of writers who came after him.
Shaukat’s first role was in Ismat Chughtai’s Dhani Bankein, a play on the Hindu-Muslim riots that were tearing the fabric of a newly-independent India. Soon, she got drawn into the country’s most vigorous cultural movement that had the likes of Zohra Sehgal, Uzra Butt, Bhisham Sahni and Prithviraj Kapoor among its stalwarts.
While in his early poetry Iqbal spoke of a united and free India where Hindus and Muslims could co-exist, this syncretism gave way to a somewhat woolly Unitarianism and Individualism.
Even 150 years after his death, Mirza Ghalib remains one of the most quoted — or misquoted — poets in India. A look at the enduring relevance of his work.
Over the years, the resilience of Sita has been variously valorised in Urdu poetry. There are said to be over 300 versions of Ram kathan in Urdu in the Awadh region alone.
Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat is not a story of religious war. It is a tale with a moral: earth is vanity, nothing lasts forever.
Urdu poetry is replete with references to Ibn-e Maryam, the son of Virgin Mary
Urdu poetry on Diwali is plush with the promise of light and peace
With Urdu gradually freeing itself from its “Muslim” tag and reclaiming its rightful place as a people’s language, perhaps, it is time to revisit these manzum Ramayanas and, perchance, stage a Ramlila on Ufuq’s Ram Natak.
What was a slogan at a labour rally, became India’s freedom cry. Remembering Maulana Hasrat Mohani, the creator of the slogan, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, who was also a Krishna devotee
It may have shrunk in importance but it’s still part of our daily lives. So, can we look past the stereotypes and accept Urdu as the sum of its parts: its poetry and politics, its sounds and script?
Intizar Husain seemed as much a stranger in a strange land in Pakistan as he did on his frequent visits to India
Ismat wrote as she spoke, and vice versa: in the style of women from sharif families in western Uttar Pradesh, a language now known as begumati zubaan.
I am not ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and I am not a terrorist.
Urdu poets had dreamt of the new state as long as 70 years ago
From its elusive moon to the festivities that follow,Eid has inspired many an Urdu poet
Mehdi Hassan took Urdu poetry to the nooks and crannies of popular imagination
The progressives who marginalised him can now redress an old wrong
Shahryar infused a new potency into time-honoured confines of Urdu nazm
Why do governments keep on taking down the secular Indian Muslim?....