Frances Pritchett: How to Read Ghalib

Frances Pritchett is Professor of Modern Indic Languages in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. She teaches courses on Indian civilization, Urdu literature and Islam in South Asia. Pritchett’s publications include Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics, The Romance Tradition in Urdu: The Dastan of Amir Hamzah, Urdu Meter: A Practical Handbook, and Urdu Literature: A Bibliography of English Language Sources.

See Pritchett’s incomparable work on Ghalib: A Desertful of Roses: the Urdu Ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

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  1. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Parwaiz Abidi · · Reply

    I will tell you that it is refreshing to see people take interest in Ghalib. My own journey towards his world is full of suprises and joyful moments to discovery.

    1. “his world is full of suprises and joyful moments to discovery.” That is so true of him and of that impalpable something that makes art great!

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