ISLAMABAD: The 216th birthday of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib – the last great poet of the Mughal Era – was observed on Friday throughout country with tributes paid to his selfless contribution to the Urdu literature.
Ghalib is a renowned Urdu and Persian poet of the subcontinent who was born on December 27, 1797, in the Indian city of Akbarabad (present-day Agra). He later moved to Delhi and settled there until his death.
Mirza Ghalib, known for his outstanding command on Urdu and Persian languages, began creating prose at the age of nine. After losing his father early in life, Ghalib was raised by his uncle.
Deewan-e-Ghalib is the main collection of poetical works of Ghalib. It has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages.
He wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib today remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also around the world.
Ghalib is considered to be the most dominating poet of the Urdu language. He was one of the best of Urdu poets who led a drastic revolution in Urdu poetry with his words.
The great poet died on February 15, 1869, at the age of 72.
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