“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.
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'
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
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
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
Everyone here is trying to build his or her own little Taj Mahal, that everlasting symbol of love.
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.
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
Kaifinama is a biographical documentary which focuses on Kaifi Azmi's writing, social work with the Communist Party, and family.
Iqra Khilji, who shot to fame with her poem Khabees, speaks about what poetry means to her and her literary inspirations
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.
Shruti Sunderraman says poetry is the first and easiest form of expression for her — like a first aid kit for her emotions.
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."
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
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.
Ramneek Singh talks about the strength of spoken word poetry and the value that the art form holds in his life
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