June 5th, 2008

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Say Their Name!

While hanging out with a good friend of mine, Prateek, a few evenings ago, I made an observation I thought was worth LJ-ing about. He is a big fan of Mirza Ghalib and other Urdu poets, and can spout their stuff verbatim, on demand, and knows which poem to say in what context.

Full respect to our man for that.

By comparison, the only pieces of Hindi / Urdu poetry that I know is stuff that I have learnt in school while studying Hindi, and some other stuff that I know by virtue of said pieces of poetry being translated into popular songs that have been used in Hindi movies.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to come up with examples for either, and consequently, I guess I should just move on with the reason behind writing this post.

Quite a few of the poems quote the names of the poets themselves in them, leaving a sort of poet's watermark on it. Maybe this makes it easier for those that recite them to remember who sang it.

This struck me as being similar to how most rappers/hip hop artists begin their songs with their names, like 'MC Hammer' or 'fitty' (50 cent) and so on, and it was quite surprising once the connection was made.
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