The Ghazal King

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“Nemidanam che manzel bood shab jayi ke man boodam;
Be har soo raghse besmel bood shab jayi ke man boodam.
I wonder what was the place where I was last night,
All around me were half-slaughtered victims of love, tossing about in agony.”

This picture belongs to a series of portraits of Jagjit Singh, the Ghazal King, shot a few hours ago.
Jagjit Singh is one of the most talented artist of India and a legendary name in the field of Ghazal Singing.
His ghazals do a wonderful job in delivering tranquility (where “mai-khana” is involved), passion, serenity, pain (“sweet pain” in love), deepness, grief, love and a reminder of one’s own personal past.

The gazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter.
A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain.
The form is ancient, originating in 6th century Arabic verse.
It is one of the principal poetic forms which the Indo-Perso-Arabic civilization offered to the eastern Islamic world.
The ghazal spread into South Asia in the 12th century under the influence of the new Islamic Sultanate courts and Sufi mystics.
Although the ghazal is most prominently a form of Dari and Urdu poetry, today it is found in the poetry of many languages of Indian sub-continent.

Ghazals were written by the Persian mystics and poets Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (13th century) and Hafez (14th century), the Azeri poet Fuzuli (16th century), as well as Mirza Ghalib (1797–1869) and Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), both of whom wrote ghazals in Persian and Urdu.

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