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Mirza Ghalib remembered in 23rd edition of Poemandu

December 31, 2014


Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation organized 23rd edition of Poemandu on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Nepal-Bharat Library, Nepal Airlines Building in New Road.


This edition of Poemandu paid a tribute to the literary works, poetry and ghazal of writing of legendary Indian ghazal maestro Mirza Ghalib.


Eminent poets, critics, filmmakers and lyricists Chetan Karki and Prakash Sayami chaired this edition of Poemandu.


Prakash Sayami shared, “There is a famous saying that the writings of Mirza Ghalib is either understood by him or by the God. He wrote for everyone, that is why, I say this that he does not belong to one particular religion, one particular dialect or group of people. He wrote for people across borders.” Sayami then recited one of his poems he wrote for Ghalib.


Chetan Karki also added how Ghalib mastered in ghazals and popularized it all across the world.


“It is not easy to understand the gravity of Urdu and Persian language. They are vast and they have their unique intensity in their dialect, which not everyone can pick. Just by becoming familiar to few Urdu words, one should not think that they could write or sing ghazals.”


Secretary of B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Abhay Kumar also talked Ghalib’s life and vision and personified Ghalib’s life through his poems on him. He also thanked all the audience for their continued encouragement and participation in Poemandu, which has led it to its 23rd edition.


Artists Shailesh Singh and Prabin Baraili presented beautiful vocal renditions in tribute to Ghalib. 


Prominent and promising poets of Nepal recited ghazals on the occasion. They include Geeta Tripathi, Gopal Ask, Tanka Dhakal, Murari Sigdel, Bibek Adhikary, Uday Chandra Das, Gyanuwakar Poudel, Ravi Pranjal and Sumi Lohani.

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