Wednesday, March 25, 2009

History of the Ghazal

An informative and immensely readable history of the ghazal, from its beginning in Arabic poetry to its spread to Spain, Africa, Persia and the Indian sub-continent, written by David Jalajel. Niranjan Sarker follows it up by examining the "Ghazal as a Form of Urdu Poetry in the Asian Subcontinent."  The essay concludes with a short clip of Waseem Barelvi reciting a ghazal in a 'mushaira' (poetry meet). 

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