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100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: An essential, timeless poetic voice
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100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: An essential, timeless poetic voice

“What is the secret behind Sahir Ludhianvi’s everlasting appeal?” Surinder Deol asks in an essay for Firstpost, examining the poet-lyricist’s life and legacy in the year of his 100th birth anniversary.

Remembering Rahat Indori: Three writers recite verses by the Urdu poet and star of mushairas
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Remembering Rahat Indori: Three writers recite verses by the Urdu poet and star of mushairas

Aamir Aziz, Anukrti Upadhyay and Shivam Sharma commemorate Rahat Indori's life and work by reciting some of his memorable couplets

The Javed Akhtar interview | 'If you say you are apolitical, you are, wittingly or unwittingly, accepting the status quo'
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The Javed Akhtar interview | 'If you say you are apolitical, you are, wittingly or unwittingly, accepting the status quo'

Javed Akhtar talks about his Richard Dawkins Award win, the demerits of 'good and bad bigotry', and why there is a difference between 'inheritance' and 'nepotism'.

Noted Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi passes away aged 93, days after recovering from COVID-19
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Noted Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi passes away aged 93, days after recovering from COVID-19

Dehlvi was admitted to a private hospital on 1 June after testing positive for coronavirus. The 93-year-old Urdu poet was brought home on 7 June after he tested negative for COVID-19.

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Revisiting the poetic tradition and artistic legacy of Chanda, better known as Mah Laqa Bai
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Revisiting the poetic tradition and artistic legacy of Chanda, better known as Mah Laqa Bai

This week in #DastaanEDilrubai, a series by Shreya Ila Anasuya: Chanda, or Mah Laqa Bai, was a contemporary of Mir, Dard and Sauda. Scholars agree that she was among the first, if not the first woman to have published her own diwan of Urdu poetry.

Taj Mahal 1989 review: Poetic writing, attention to detail make this Netflix Original rise above its low production value
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Taj Mahal 1989 review: Poetic writing, attention to detail make this Netflix Original rise above its low production value

Everyone here is trying to build his or her own little Taj Mahal, that everlasting symbol of love.

Romancing With Revolution: Author Zaheer Ali on the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
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Romancing With Revolution: Author Zaheer Ali on the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

All those who believe in liberty, equality, justice and intend to transform the socio-economic and political conditions in the India may seek inspiration from Faiz's poetry, says Zaheer Ali.

Bengaluru-based band Parvaaz on putting together their new album Kun, and evolving as musicians
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Bengaluru-based band Parvaaz on putting together their new album Kun, and evolving as musicians

Their lyrics on Kun explore questions of being, life, and its meaning. And while Parvaaz doesn’t explicitly talk about the political unrest in Kashmir, everything affecting them is subconsciously reflected in their music.

Kaifinama: Sumantra Ghosal’s Kaifi Azmi documentary is an intimate exploration of a passionate, unique poet
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Kaifinama: Sumantra Ghosal’s Kaifi Azmi documentary is an intimate exploration of a passionate, unique poet

Kaifinama is a biographical documentary which focuses on Kaifi Azmi's writing, social work with the Communist Party, and family.

Speaking truth to power: Iqra Khilji presents 'Khabees' and 'Haq Paraston Ke Naam'
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Speaking truth to power: Iqra Khilji presents 'Khabees' and 'Haq Paraston Ke Naam'

Iqra Khilji, who shot to fame with her poem Khabees, speaks about what poetry means to her and her literary inspirations

Shehar Matrix | Ramneek Singh
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Shehar Matrix | Ramneek Singh

Poetry means many different things to Ramneek Singh. When he had just begun writing, he did not measure the value that this art form held in his life. After some time, it became the only thing he actively participated in as a child, apart from academics. Over the years, it has helped him to understand his own opinions on matters of society and politics. It has prompted him to probe his own mind and think about his experiences.

Cheetiyaan | Ramneek Singh
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Cheetiyaan | Ramneek Singh

Ramneek Singh talks about the strength of spoken word poetry and the value that the art form holds in his life

How to Love Art and Save your Artist's Life | Shruti Sunderraman
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How to Love Art and Save your Artist's Life | Shruti Sunderraman

Shruti Sunderraman says poetry is the first and easiest form of expression for her — like a first aid kit for her emotions.

Labels — Are for Bottles| Aashna Iyer
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Labels — Are for Bottles| Aashna Iyer

Aashna says that a good poem touches the listener/reader in a manner such that it creates an impression in their own mind.

Flowers and Friends | Shruti Sunderraman
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Flowers and Friends | Shruti Sunderraman

Shruti Sunderraman says that she has always been drawn to poetry. She thinks the strength of this art form lies in its ability to communicate ideas — difficult ideas or those about sensitive subjects — in a palatable manner. "It will be better received or have a better chance at being understood if it's in a poetic format."

7 Minutes |  Aashna Iyer
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7 Minutes | Aashna Iyer

Aashna Iyer says that poetry to her is about making people break their veneer of poise and actually feel things

Urdu in the internet age: Experts weigh in on how the language must adapt, evolve to become more accessible
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Urdu in the internet age: Experts weigh in on how the language must adapt, evolve to become more accessible

Far from being a language that is on the verge of extinction, Urdu is gaining more attention now because of the Internet. But experts say that its scope should not remain confined to literature and poetry, that it should become a language of utility

Verses from the Valley: How contemporary Kashmiri poets are leading a revival of Urdu poetry
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Verses from the Valley: How contemporary Kashmiri poets are leading a revival of Urdu poetry

In recent times, Urdu poetry has gained momentum as a medium of expression for Srinagar’s youth. Through all the political, religious, and social changes that Kashmir has witnessed over the years – the Valley's poetry too has co-evolved.

Firstpost Poetry Project: Ramneek Singh presents 'Cheetiyaan' and 'Shehar Matrix'
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Firstpost Poetry Project: Ramneek Singh presents 'Cheetiyaan' and 'Shehar Matrix'

Ramneek Singh talks about the strength of spoken word poetry and the value that the art form holds in his life

Amir Khusrau, the poet of the nation: Singing of a divine beloved and homeland
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Amir Khusrau, the poet of the nation: Singing of a divine beloved and homeland

Amir Khusrau’s love for India was rooted in his conviction that it was an ideal refuge for different ideas and religions, as well as the land where he found his spiritual master