Urdu has long been romanticed, especially in India, as a language of refinement and culture. Urdu poetry carries the additional romance of similes and metaphors, making it a sweet tongue. Bollywood has furthered this
Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) described himself as a Kashmiri American poet. He was born in Kashmir and educated in Delhi as well as the United States of America where he eventually settled and lived
It is easy to find ideas and practices that divide us, superficial markers like ‘caste’ or ‘religion’ that allow us to brand somebody as ‘The Other’. Nida Fazli did the opposite; even in loss
Annada Sankar Ray (1904-2002) was a Bengali and Odia poet and essayist. Best known for his rhymes, his work covers a range of diverse social and cultural topics including a famous travelogue to Europe.
In today’s world where questions of identity, culture, nationalism and religion are being explored by writers from across the globe, Ahmed Ali’s work is considered to be the first in English to address these
Reading Born in the village of Barama, in the Chittagong District of erstwhile British India, Somnath Hore was a prolific sculptor and a premier print maker, having invented and developed novel techniques, including the famous
We can often find inspiration and sublime beauty in small, seemingly insignificant, moments. The hallmark of a true artist is their ability to capture this beauty and allow the world to witness its magnificence.
Shibli Nomani was an Islamic scholar from the Indian subcontinent. He was a poet, historian, political thinker and often deemed to be the founder of Urdu literary criticism. Nomani was fluent in Arabic, Persian, Turkish
What starts out as sound spiritual guidance is often overtaken by a cult of personality. Many so-called enlightened leaders have faltered due to a growing obsession with their own personas and tenets. Among his
Bollywood has recently been on a mission to make Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, trendy. This genre, however, is said to have been created over 700 years ago as a fusion between