Google Doodle honours Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday

Dec 27, 2017 15:34 IST
Google Doodle honours Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday

Google Doodle on 27 December 2017 honoured the poet Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birth anniversary. Mirza Ghalib was a prominent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the Mughal era.

In the Google Doodle, Ghalib is shown standing on a balcony of a building of his era with a pen and paper. The doodle features the sun and a mosque in his background.

Life of Mirza Ghalib
• He was born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan in Kala Mahal, Agra on 27 December 1797.

• He began composing poems at the age of 11. Although his first language was Urdu, he also spoke Turkish and Persian.

• He is more famous for his Urdu Ghazals among Urdu scholars than for his achievements in Persian language.

• One of the recurring themes in Mirza Ghalib's poems is the idea of life as a continuous painful struggle which ends only with life itself.

• In 1850, he was honoured with the title of Dabir-ul-Mulk by Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II.

• During the last years of the Mughal Empire, Mirza Ghalib was not only an important member of the Mughal court, but also the poet tutor to the emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's son Prince Fakhr-ud Din Mirza.

• He also served as the royal historian of the Mughal court.

• Mirza Ghalib died in Delhi on 15 February 1869 and his house in Old Delhi has been turned into "Ghalib Memorial", also Known as "Ghalib ki Haveli". It permanently houses Ghalib's exhibitions.

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