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18 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
Some Warm Musings For This 'Sardi' Season
As the winter season sets in, a cup of warm soup, blankets and some soothing music can make most chilly nights feel like warm hugs. To add to this feeling, I am back with another episode on 'Sardi'; with shayari, poetry and as always, some singing. Tune in!
14 minutes | Nov 26, 2022
A Smile Can Set Everything Straight So, 'Tabassum', Please!
Veteran actor Tabassum Govil passed away in Mumbai on 18th November at the age of 78. In this episode of Urdunama, we decided to give tribute to the legend by celebrating what she will always be remembered for - Tabassum meaning smile. Tune in as Fabeha Syed reads Sahir Ludhianvi and Josh Malihabadi among others.
13 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
'Qanoon' ke Haath, and The Law of Nature in Urdu Poetry
On the occasion of National Constitution Day, we thought of exploring the laws of nature that govern our survival. Is anarchism the very human nature, or the essence of the 'insaani-fitrat' lies in the balancing act to survive in a society? Tune in as Fabeha Syed reads nazms from poets like Rais Amrohvi, Hosh Jaunpuri and Farhat Ehsaas.
12 minutes | Nov 12, 2022
Don't Let the Bitterness of Reality Take Away Life's 'Shireen-ness'
The Urdu language has a very sweet word for 'sweet', Shireen. Tune into this week's Urdunama with Fabeha, and add some sweetness to your life.
9 minutes | Nov 5, 2022
If Sky is the Limit, What Else Does 'Aasman' Mean in Urdu Poetry?
Aasman meaning sky stands for hopes and possibilities, in Urdu poetry. Sometimes it is also used in the context of heartaches and tragedies. Tune in to know the many meanings and other contexts of the sky which is limitless.
14 minutes | Oct 29, 2022
Jashn-e-Aaseb: Bhoot-Pret and Evil Spirits
Halloween is around the corner. So we thought, let's get spooky on this week's Urdunama. Fabeha talks about how evil spirits and the paranormal found its way in Urdu poetry. Listen till the end, warna bhoot aa jaaega!
18 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
India vs Pakistan Match: In the True Spirit of 'Ittihad'
India will be playing against Pakistan in the much-anticipated match of T20 World Cup 2022 which will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 23 October. Since all the India-Pak matches are nothing short of a carnival, this match is also all set to celebrate these neighbors' coming together. To celebrate this spirit of this In this episode of Urdunama we look at some of the ways alliances and friendships are built. Tune in as Fabeha Syed reads 'Dosti ka Haath' by Pakistani poet Ahmad Faraz, and its response by Indian literary critic, writer, and lyricist, Ali Sardar Jafri.
16 minutes | Oct 15, 2022
'Ranjish hi Sahi' If That's What It Takes To Value 'Self-Love'
Ranjish meaning displeasure, or grief, is a powerful emotion. If used wisely, it can open wounds to healing, and strengthen us to the core enabling us to carry our love and grief. Tune in as we explore through the works of Ahmad Faraz, Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq, Akhtar Shirani, and others.
17 minutes | Oct 8, 2022
Getting ‘Ru Ba Ru’ With the Universe to Find the ‘Self’
They say Law of Attraction works when you work toward your dreams. But what it is that makes you realise and get you started in the first place? Courage, to come face to face or ‘ru-ba-ru’ with the elephant in the room. After all, its the things that we feel are impossible, hold the most possibilities for us. Tune in, as we get closer and ‘ru ba ru’ the idea of facing the ‘self’ and finding the universe within.
11 minutes | Oct 1, 2022
Exploring ‘Buzurg’ and the Elderly Wisdom in Urdu Poetry
1 October is observed as the International Day For the Older People. So, we decided to explore buzurgi, meaning wisdom of an old person. Tune in as we, through the works of poets like Firaq Gorakhpuri, Ismail Merathi, among others, look at what it means to be a 'buzurg'. Tune in!
12 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
Dev Anand And His 'Andaz-e-Bayaan' in Urdu
Experts and film historians nod in agreement every time they remember Dev Anand and his love for Urdu. One of the stars of the DilipKumar-Raj Kapoor-Dev Anand triumvirate, Dev was known to enjoy his dialogues and songs written in Urdu. In this special episode of Urdunama we celebrate the legend's love for the language and what could possibly be attributed to his initial training in the language. Tune in!
14 minutes | Sep 17, 2022
Queen Elizabeth’s Death and the Crown’s ‘Badshaahat’ in Urdu Poetry
The longest reigning British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II passed away on 8th September at the age of 96. Her funeral ceremony is set to be held on Monday, 19th September in Westminster Abbey. Hundreds of foreign royals and heads of state are expected to attend the funeral, and the event is said to be the biggest diplomatic gathering in decades. The British people are mourning the death of their queen as they wait for 12 hours in an 8 km long queue to pay their respects and see the queen's coffin in London. But, why is she passing away so overwhelming for us, Indians? The answer is simple - because this momentous occasion makes one sit up and take notice of the legacy the British Crown will always be remembered for. A lot had been written against the Crown. One of the texts that remind us of the horrific crimes committed during the Raj against Indians is an iconic poem by Josh Malihabadi. Tune in to this episode of Urdunama, Fabeha Syed talks about the angrezi hukoomat, the 'Badshaahat' of King George VI, and reads Malihabadi's iconic poem, 'East India Company ke Farzandon se Khitaab' (An Address to the Heirs of the East India Company).
20 minutes | Sep 10, 2022
Aaj ki Shaam, 'Zindagi' ke Naam: Celebrating the Beautiful Thing Called Life
Every single death by suicide is a public health concern. So, to create awareness,10th September is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day. In this episode, we explore the theme of 'zindagi' meaning life through Urdu poetry. Tune in.
13 minutes | Sep 3, 2022
Pleasure, Pain and All the ‘Lutf’ We Need To Find Meaning
There is no pleasure without pain, anxiety, uncertainties, insecurities, sadness, grief, and a whole bunch of other emotions. It's only when we are stricken with one or more of these unpleasant feelings that we long for emotions that are happy and can bring joy to our hearts. Once we are able to achieve these most cherished feelings is when we can experience pleasure. In Urdu, the word 'lutf' denotes pleasure, joy, enjoyment, and excitement. Tune in as we read some of the poetry that show us ways poets have sought 'lutf' in their lives.
15 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Nayyara Noor's Gentle Melodies And the Gems She'll be Remembered For
Legendary Pakistani singer Nayyara Noor passed away on 20 August in Karachi. She'll be remembered for her genteel nature and her simplicity that made her stand apart from her peers. As her fans across the globe mourn this huge loss, we take a look at her journey from Guwahati to Karachi, and how she became the voice for some of Faiz's iconic nazms. Tune in!
14 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
'Mohe Panghat Pe...': This Janmashtami, a Lyrical Ode to Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna's Bhakti surpasses geographical, social, and religious realms. While almost all languages in India have their own odes to Lord Krishna, perhaps such Urdu literature is lesser known. This Janmashtami, we look at how one can find the gems of Krishna Bhakti written by some of the prominent Urdu poets such as Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Nazeer Akbarabadi, and Hafeez Jalandhari. Tune in!
13 minutes | Aug 13, 2022
Secularhythm: Exploring Secularism Through Urdu Poetry
To understand the idea of secularism, going back to books is often considered a better way. Yet, those who love poetry swear by some of the gems written in Urdu and revere them as antidotes to hatred or any socio-cultural chaos. So, to prove the point that poetry can cure most ills, we turn to poets like Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib in this special episode of Urdunama with Fabeha Syed. Tune in as we attempt to find our Secularhythm through some verses. Tune In!
15 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
Secrets of Kahkashaan, And Lessons In Humility And Courage
From detecting evidence of clouds on a planet for the first time to being able to see Jupiter with its moon in a 'new light', the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope is hailed as the most powerful space science telescope ever built. This will enable the scientists to study even the distant galaxies with the help of not only the images but also the detailed data. The telescope is engineered for ground breaking discoveries, thereby changing the future of astronomy. To celebrate this historic moment, we take a look at 'kahkashan' meaning the universe, and how it continues to inspire poets. Tune in.
15 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
Remembering Bhupinder Singh: From His Guitar Riffs to Voice That Can Mend Broken Hearts
Bhupinder Singh, the man with a velvet voice that could tend to a broken heart or reassure an anxious mind, passed away on 18 July 2022. Apart from being a celebrated singer, he was also a talented guitarist. From Madan Mohan to RD Burman, his beautiful partnerships gave the music industry some gems that it would continue to cherish for years to come. But if it wasn't for Pancham, we would not have gotten a youthful guitarist in Bhupinder Singh. Do you remember the songs with some of his iconic guitar riffs? Tune in, as we celebrate the work of the maestro whose awaaz will always be remembered.
21 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
'Naqaab' in Poetry and How Love Lifts the Veil Off the 'Self'
Naqaab, meaning a veil or parda, has often been the source of poets' anxieties and ecstasies, both. Why? Because behind that veil is their lover who is so beautiful that the idea of witnessing the beauty is overwhelming and that is what makes them write about the mystery that hides behind the naqaab. In this episode, Fabeha Syed reads some of the ashaar by poets like Chakbast Brij Narayan, Shakeel Badayuni, and Jalil Manikpuri, among others. Tune in.
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