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The rich legacy of Ghalib was celebrated recently with an evening of ghazals

Inspired by GhalibUma Sharma in performance
Inspired by GhalibUma Sharma in performance

His works inspire many and the long fight to keep the endangered tradition alive is still waged by few. In an attempt to mainstream the rich legacy of Mirza Ghalib, the Ghalib Memorial Movement (GMM) in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations organised an event at India Islamic Cultural Centre this past week.

A documentary film Yadgar-e-Ghalib was released at the event. The film gives an insight into the greatness of the poet and unravels many hidden facets. The film is produced by famous Kathak performer Uma Sharma, who is associated with the restoration of Ghalib’s legacy. She is an active member of the Ghalib Haveli revamp movement.

Pawan K Varma, author, read excerpts from his book Ghalib – The Man, The Times . Uma Sharma and her group performed ghazal nritya bhav and these included the famous ghazals like “Ek shama rehe gayi hain so woh bhi khamosh hai” among others.

Ustad Moin Khan took over from where Uma and her group left and mesmerised one and all with some famous ghazals. It was an evening to remember and all those present in the audience witnessed some fantastic performances. Uma Sharma laid stress on keeping the tradition alive. “The revamp movement of Ghalib Haveli is reaping positive outcomes. The works of Ghalib inspire all and he should be kept alive in the minds of the young generation by organising such events,” said Uma.

Anil Kumar, a common man and poetry lover really enjoyed the evening. “Such events should be organised on a regular basis to promote poetry which is increasingly becoming endangered in the country.” A mushaira too was staged the next day, completing the cycle of tributes to the best known poet.

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