On this Wednesday Google showed and paid tribute to legendary poet Mirza Ghalib with a doodle. This is the occasion of his 220th birth anniversary which the nation celebrates with full glory.
Mirza Ghalib born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, on December 27, 1797 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Mirza Ghalib was famous Persian and Urdu language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire.
Mirza Ghalib who remains one of the influential and much-liked poets of the Urdu language date, you will be surprised to know merely at the age of 11 Mirza Ghalib starting writing poetry.
Though Mirza Ghalib used to spoke the Turkish and Persian language in hone, his first language was Urdu in which languages he did his poetry, and he actually received his education in the Arabic and Persian language at a young age.
The Google Doodle fittingly shows Ghalib, with his pen and paper, which display the graceful and beautiful image, with a backdrop of buildings of Mughal architecture.
In its blog post, Google said, “His (Ghalib) verse is characterised 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),” the post added further.
In one of his letters, Ghalib describes his marriage as the second imprisonment posts his initial confinement that was life itself.
The main concept and idea of life are that life is one continuous painful struggle which can end only when life itself ends; this was the crucial and frequent theme in his poetry.
On 15th February 1869, Mirza Ghalib took his last in his own house where he lived in Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk, in Old Delhi, known as the Ghalib ki Haveli.
Mirza Ghalib’s paternal home is now turned into ‘Ghalib Memorial’ and houses a permanent Ghalib exhibition.
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