Ghalib was possible only in India, says Javed Akhtar

Mumbai, PTI | Updated : 29 January 2019, 11:15 PM
Ghalib was possible only in India, says Javed Akhtar (file photo)
Ghalib was possible only in India, says Javed Akhtar (file photo)

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar says the work by doyen of Urdu poetry, Mirza Ghalib could have found meaning only in India. Akhtar speaking at the inauguration of Ghalib’s mural on Monday. “Ghalib was possible only in India. Ghalib wouldn’t have been possible out of India...

“The meaning behind his thoughts and his work could have only found meaning here, not in some other country,” he told reporters.

The writer said Ghalib and the Taj Mahal are “synthesis” of Indian philosophy and Persian culture. “Ghalib is a marvellous synthesis of Indian philosophy and Persian and Mughal culture’s sophistication. The only other example of this is Taj Mahal because even that is a mixture of Indian and other civilisations, that later became one with India, that have been sowed in the land.”

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Akhtar said beautiful combinations like Ghalib and the Taj Mahal should always be preserved.

“This combination shouldn’t fade away. Urdu or Persian alone couldn’t have given birth to Ghalib. Only Vedanth also couldn’t have done that either. It is a combination of both,” he added. 

First Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:15 PM

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