Ghalib Made Easy lectures will resume later this year.
Interactive sessions with author and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi in which Mirza Ghalib's ghazals are explained in simple Urdu.
The poetry of Mirza Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. Even for Ghalib's contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge. A modern reader—someone reading Ghalib systematically, perhaps for the first time—may feel justified in thinking that the challenge is even greater for her or him.
Thanks to the scholars who continued to decipher and interpret Ghalib's poetry, today we have at least 19 (nineteen) major interpretations which allow us to understand Ghalib's poetry and appreciate his poetic imagination.
In each session on Ghalib's poetry, author, novelist and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi will explain two ghazals in simple Urdu. The session is designed as a conversation between the workshop conductor and the participants who are encouraged to discuss and comment on the ghazals being studied.
No previous knowledge of Urdu poetry or Ghalib is necessary to attend these lectures. Each session is self-contained and a participant can begin at any time.