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The intriguing story behind Ghalib’s “Har ek baat pe kahte ho”

In this week's [email protected], we bring to you a recitation of Ghalib's popular Urdu ghazal, 'Har ek baat pe kahte ho' and it's background.

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The story behind Ghalib's

“Har ek baat pe kahte ho tum ki tū kyā hai 

tumhīñ kaho ki ye andāz-e-guftugū kyā hai

 na sho.ale meñ ye karishma na barq meñ ye adā

koī batāo ki vo shoḳh-e-tund-ḳhū kyā hai

 ye rashk hai ki vo hotā hai ham-suḳhan tum se

vagarna ḳhauf-e-bad-āmozi-e-adū kyā hai”

Ghalib, born Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan, was the last great poet of the Mughal era. He started composing poetry in Urdu and Persian at the age of 11. He was an important royal courtier in the court of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II who appointed him as his poet tutor in 1854.  In his lifetime, he wrote several ghazals which have since then been translated and sung in different ways by many people. Though he himself was prouder of his Persian writings, his Urdu poetry is more popular and remain revered all across the Hindustani diaspora even today. Unfortunately for Ghalib, he never saw fame while alive, all recognition came posthumously.

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The below narrates the fascinating story of how his famous ghazal, “Har ek baat pe kahte ho tum” came about. Do watch:

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