Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, one of the most influential writers in Urdu and a veritable legend in his own lifetime, is known to us by his nom de plume — Ghalib.
Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota — The World of Ghalib is presented by Amit Basole, who heads the Centre for Sustainable Employment at Azim Premji University. Basole also has to his credit a book, co-authored with Lahore-based writer Anjum Altaf. Titled Thinking With Ghalib — Poetry For A New Generation, it places Ghalib’s poetry within the socio-political context of modern-day India and Pakistan.
In much the same spirit, this show is peppered with vignettes about Ghalib’s legacy, his contemporaries, his unique views on life, religion, and more. This show, set in a time that was a unique turning point in our nation’s history, seeks to bring both the man and his poetry alive with meaning for a young and uninitiated audience. Rich with lyricism, wonder and replete with the sounds of Ghalib’s Delhi, it is masterfully presented.
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Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota? | The World of Ghalib with Amit Basole
Mirza Ghalib — The Man And His Times
This exciting show from Radio Azim Premji University, presented by Amit Basole, explores the life and times of Mirza Asadullah Khan, one of the most influential writers in Urdu, known to us by his nom de plume — Ghalib.
Speaking To The Beloved With Ghazal
In this episode of Yun Hota To Kya Hota — The World Of Ghalib, host Amit Basole ponders the enigma of Ghalib the lover. How did Ghalib speak of love? Whom did Ghalib love? He transports you to the heart of the ghazal.
On Faith And Religion
Ghalib’s tongue-in-cheek views on religion would have been inflammatory in the present day. In this episode, discover an aspect of the famed Urdu poet that equally shocks and charms
Ghalib’s Friends And Enemies
Ghalib is timeless, but he is equally very much a man of his times. In this episode, we revisit the man in the moment to hear from his friends, contemporaries and more.
Ghalib The Philosopher
Was Ghalib being a deliberately difficult poet? Did his poetry demand grappling with the intellect in an effort to understand it? Discover the nuances and twists of Ghalib’s poetry in this episode of Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota with Amit Basole
With this episode of Yun Hota To Kya Hota — The World of Ghalib, host Amit Basole brings the six-part series to a climactic finale, leaving you with signposts and resources to continue your journey of discovery.
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