Old charm with a new facade

Old charm with a new facade
In an ongoing celebration of Ghalib's poetry, his haveli gets a makeover for a recital. In the whirlwind of your life, where moments pass by fleetingly, how about a moment to exhale! Perhaps, that was the intention behind refurbishing Ghalib's Haveli. Indian Council of Cultural relations brings you an evening draped in tranquil and trance by reliving Ghalib's poetry in his house in Mir Qasim Jan Gali, Ballimaran, Chandani Chowk on 6 May.

With the ongoing celebrations of 144 years of Ghalib's birth anniversary, Yaadgar-e-ghalib will celebrate it in a baithak style in the august presence of the eminent poets. A special feature in the evening would be a Ghalib recital by the poet Imran Khan.

Breathing a new life into the relic, ICCR has revamped the heritage Ghalib haveli with new artefacts and covered its courtyard to avoid getting it withered with weather conditions.

Celebrating the common man's poet, the director general of ICCR, Dr. Suresh Goel says, 'There are two Ghalibs, one is the Court Poet who mixes with Badshahs and the other is poor and never owned a house. The campaign to resurrect the poetic legacy of the Bard started with his haveli in the old Mughal quarters of the capital being restored to a semblance of their previous glory by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The degenerated mansion has been restored as a memorial and is an important marker on the heritage tourism trail of Delhi as the city was Ghalib's home as well as his muse,'.

In an association with the government of Delhi, it has put up a permanent exhibition cum a museum on Mirza Ghalib’s life, his writings, costumes, photographs of his life and incidents related to his times. This has been enhanced by providing special lighting & sound tracks of his work as a permanent display feature for local and foreign tourists visiting the Haveli. Ballimaran will now boast of the replicas of Ghalib's personal belongings, kept for the permanent exhibition in his house.

The items on display include four books of Ghalib and cloaks of his wife Umrao Begum and of Ghalib. They have replicated pen-holders, candle-holders and a variety of board games of the by-gone era. This year a canopy with chandeliers has been added in association with Government of Delhi.

For historians, connoisseurs of art and of course the ardent fans of Ghalib, the museum cum exhibition presents a chance to sense the charisma of Ghalib's poetry at the height of his cultural powers as a common man's poet, even during the everchanging course of time. 


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