November 26, 2009 – Mayank Austen Soofi – By March, 2010, the 19th-century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib will finally lie in a resting place worthy of his iconic status.
“It will all be simple and elegant,” says Mohammad Shaheer, a landscape architect, of his latest charge — Ghalib’s tomb. The greatest flag bearer of Urdu poetry has been dead for 140 years, but his grave is at the centre of a revival plan, one that hopes to transport the visitor “to a pool of peace”, as Mr Shaheer puts it.
The tomb complex covers an area of 3,500 sq ft and is tucked away in Nizamuddin Basti, a densely populated 14th century Delhi village. Like other places of historical significance, it has seen far better days. But the makeover will be drastic.
“We are trying to restore the dignity of Ghalib’s tomb,” says Ratish Nanda of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an international foundation that is doing the restoration in partnership with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
EXCELLENT NEWS ……THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AS WHEN EVER I VISITED THIS GREAT POET, PHILOSPHER, LOVERS TOMB I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WHY ASI IS NOT DOING ANY THING ABOUT RESTORING THIS GREAT POETS TOMB ? THANKS TO AKTC AND ASI FROM THE MILLIONS OF FANS OF GREAT POET MIRZA GHALIB.
Ghalib is a poet of centuries. He is a poet with variegated philosophic approaches. We, the lovers and followers of Ghalib extend our greatest thanks to AKTC for restoring mausoleum of Hazrat-e Ghalib.
Hain aur be dunya mein sukhanwar bot acha, lakin kataha key ka Ghalib he andaz bayan aur