Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Gazal for the day {aka: with so few people in the office, do you really expect me to manage to achieve something?}

The shaayar for the hour is Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib. And the work is aah ko chaahiye ik umr asar hone tak (or hote tak, depending on how much of a purist you want to be). I was lucky to listen to renditions by Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali and Beghum Akhtar thanks to And the translations and commentary from the Divan-e-Ghalib page (a wondrous achievement by Frances Pritchett) were most enlightening.

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