Hazaro khawaishein aisi ke har khwaish pe dum nikle, bohot nikle mere armaan lekin fir bhi kam nikle — is one of the most loved couplets of Ghalib.
Mirza Mohammad Asadullah Khan, popularly known as Mirza Ghalib, was a classical Urdu and Persian poet from the Mughal Empire during British colonial rule.
Since then, the times have changed and so have lives along with it, but Ghalib’s works remain a legacy for generations. With a view to give him reverance and honour his contribution, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) organised Yaadgar-E-Ghalib which celebrated his birth anniversary.
The event kickstarted with a candle light march from Town Hall to Ghalib’s Haveli located in Capital’s Chandni Chowk area. The haveli is an epitome of Mirza Ghalib’ life, his writings, costumes, photographs of his life and incidents related to his times. It will also be enhanced by providing soundtracks of his work as a permanent display feature. With the main aim to attract local and foreign tourists visiting the haveli, the permanent exhibition-cum-museum has been restored.
‘It was almost a decade back that I visited Ghalib’s haveli in connection with a video film which we were making for Doordarshan. I was shocked to see the condition of haveli and a PCO was operating from there. The building was in a dilapidated condition and was falling apart. In order to restore the haveli to its rightful place, I formed a committee ‘Ghalib Memorial Movement’. With Delhi goverenment’s interest and ICCR’s efforts, the haveli was finally restored and is now a befitting memorial to the great poet’, said Uma Sharma, member of the Ghalib Movement.
The highlight of the event was a ghazal performance by Ustad Mazhar Umrao Bundu Khan from Pakistan and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan and others which transcended all boundaries and conjoined hearts across borders.
‘The objective of the permanent exhibition was to make the Haveli an important marker on the Heritage Tourism Trail of Delhi,’ remarked Dr Suresh K Goel, Director General ICCR.