Urdu Poets | Mirza Ghalib -biography, select poetry

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Perhaps the prominent name in Urdu poetry over the centuries, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan was born on, 27 December 1797. He was a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his pen-names of Ghalib (غالِب ) meaning dominant) and Asad ( اسَد) means lion. His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. During his lifetime the Mughals were eclipsed and displaced by the British and finally deposed following the defeat of the Indian rebellion of 1857, events that he described. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most famous and influential poet of the Urdu and Persian languages. Today Ghalib remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among the Hindustani diaspora around the world. Ghalib died on 15 February 1869.

Perhaps the prominent name in Urdu poetry over the centuries, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan was born on, 27 December 1797. He was a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his pen-names of Ghalib (غالِب ) meaning dominant) and Asad ( اسَد) means lion. His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. During his lifetime the Mughals were eclipsed and displaced by the British and finally deposed following the defeat of the Indian rebellion of 1857, events that he described. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most famous and influential poet of the Urdu and Persian languages. Today Ghalib remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among the Hindustani diaspora around the world. Ghalib died on 15 February 1869.

Select Poetry of Ghalib 

Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat

Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat, Ke Visaal-e-Yaar Hota
Agar Aur Jeete Rehate, Yehi Intezaar Hota

Koi Mere Dil Se Puche, Tere Teer-e-Nimkash Ko
Yeh Khalish Kaha Se Hoti, Jo Jigar Ke Paar Hota

Yeh Kaha Ki Dosti Hai, Ke Bane Hai Dost Naaseh
Koi ChhaarSaaz Hota, Koi Gam Gusaar Hota

Kahu Kis Se Mei, Ke Kya Hai Shab-e-Gham Buri Bala Hai
Mujhe Kya Bura Tha Marana, Agar Ek Baar Hota

Yeh Masaail-e-Tasavuff, Yeh Tere Bayaan ‘Ghalib’
Tujhe Hum Wali Samjhte, Jo Na BadaaKhaar Hota

 

Aah Ko Chahiye

Aah Ko Chahiye Ek Umra Asar Hone Tak
Kon Jita Hai Teri Julf Ke Sar Hone Tak

Aashiqui Sabra Talab Aur Tamanna Betab
Dil ka Kya Rang Kahun Khun-e-Jigar Hone Tak

Hum Ne Mana Ke Tagaaful Na Karoge Lekin
Khaak Ho Jaayenge Hum Tumko Khabar Hone Tak

Gum-e-Hasati Ka Asad kis Se Ho Juz Marg Ilaaj
Shama Har Rang Jalati Hai Sehar Hone Tak

 

Hazaroon Khwahishen Aisi

Hazaro Khvaaishey Aisi Ki Har Khvaaish Pe Dam Nikale
Bahot Nikale Mere Armaan Lekin Phir Bhi Kam Nikale

Nikalanaa Khuld Se Aadam Ka Sunate Aaye Hai Lekin
Bahot Beaabaroo Hokar Tere Kuche Se Ham Nikale

Magar Likhvaaye Koi Usko Khat To Hamse Likhvaaye
Huee Subah Aur Ghar Se Kaan Par Rakh kar Kalam Nikale

Mohabbat Mein Nahi Hai Farq Jine Aur Marne Kaa
Usi Ko Dekh Kar Jite Hai Jis Kafir Pe Dum Nikale

Zara Kar Jor Sine Par Ki Teer-e-Pursitam Nikale
Jo Vo Nikale To Dil Nikale Jo Dil Nikale To Dam Nikale

Khuda Ke Vaaste Pardaa Na Kaabe Se Utha Zaalim
Kahi Aisa Na ho Yaa Bhi Vahi Kafir Sanam Nikale

Kahaa Maikhane Ka Darwaza ‘Ghalib’ Aur Kahaan Vaaiz
Par Itana Jaanate Hai Kal Vo Jaata Tha Ke Ham Nikale

 

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