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The Hidden Garden

The Hidden Garden

Mir Taqi Mir

Gopi Chand Narang
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Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810), known as the God of Urdu Poesy (Khuda-e Sukhan), is widely admired for his poetic genius. He was the first major poet to demonstrate the hidden beauty and grandeur of the Urdu language, a great gift of India’s cultural fusion.
From the raw Braj vernacular in Agra to the sophistication of Indianized Persian in Delhi and the mellow sweetness of Awadhi in Lucknow, Mir covered the whole spectrum. Mir took the half-baked Rekhta of the mid-eighteenth century to new heights, and with this, he reached the pinnacle of literary Urdu’s poetic and creative journey. Besides comprehensive literary analysis of Mir’s unusual mellowness and natural flow, the book contains a substantial selection of his most memorable ghazals. This book will be read and re-read by lovers of poetry and Urdu for the beauty of Mir’s verse.

Imprint: India Viking

Published: Jan/2021

ISBN: 9780670095001

Length : 224 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

The Hidden Garden

Mir Taqi Mir

Gopi Chand Narang

Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810), known as the God of Urdu Poesy (Khuda-e Sukhan), is widely admired for his poetic genius. He was the first major poet to demonstrate the hidden beauty and grandeur of the Urdu language, a great gift of India’s cultural fusion.
From the raw Braj vernacular in Agra to the sophistication of Indianized Persian in Delhi and the mellow sweetness of Awadhi in Lucknow, Mir covered the whole spectrum. Mir took the half-baked Rekhta of the mid-eighteenth century to new heights, and with this, he reached the pinnacle of literary Urdu’s poetic and creative journey. Besides comprehensive literary analysis of Mir’s unusual mellowness and natural flow, the book contains a substantial selection of his most memorable ghazals. This book will be read and re-read by lovers of poetry and Urdu for the beauty of Mir’s verse.

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Gopi Chand Narang

Gopi Chand Narang has won recognition around the world for his outstanding contribution to literature. Author of numerous path-breaking scholarly books, he was the Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellow at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (2002-2004) and the Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellow at Bellagio Study Centre, Italy (1997). Among the many awards he has received, the most notable are the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship (2009), Padma Bhushan (2004), Sahitya Akademi Award (1995), Padma Shri (1990), and the Ghalib Award (1985). He has also been awarded the Sitara-e Imtiaz (2012) and the President's National Gold Medal (1977) in Pakistan for his illuminating work on Allama Iqbal. He is a recipient of D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from the Central University of Hyderabad (2007), Aligarh Muslim University (2009), and Maulana Azad National University, Hyderabad (2012).
Besides teaching at the University of Delhi, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo, Professor Narang has served many institutions in apex positions. He was vice-chairman, Delhi Urdu Akademi (1996-1999); vice-chairman, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (1998-2004); vice-president, Sahitya Akademi (1998-2002); and president, Sahitya Akademi (2003-2007). Currently, he is professor emeritus at the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia.

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