Remembering a legend

Remembering a legend
International Music and Arts Society is hosting an illustrated talk ‘Ghalib and the Mirs of Gujarat’ by Mir Jaffar Imam on August 28, 6 pm at National Gallery of Modern Art.

Mirza Ghalib has been perceived as a poet deeply connected with North India and in particular, with the court of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. But not many people know of his deep involvement with Gujarat. Ghalib never set foot in Gujarat and yet developed a great affinity towards the region, thanks to his patrons, friends and pupils in Surat.

This close connection between Ghalib and the Mirs of Gujarat is traced through the sixty one letters addressed to them by Mirza Ghalib. These letters are a mirror of Ghalib’s last days since they were written between 1859 and 1869, the latter being the year of his death. Mir Jaffar Imam is a social scientist specialising in human relations and industrial communications.

A person deeply influenced by Sufism, he hails from the ruling family of Kamadhia, an erstwhile state of Gujarat, and is a scion of HH Nawab, Mir Jafur Ali Khan of Surat. He is the author of ‘Mirza Ghalib’, ‘Mirs of Gujarat’ and ‘For the Love of Mahatma.’ He has spoken on Rumi and Ghalib on several occasions.
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