Dard in UPenn
"The Poetry of Khwajah Mir Dard"
Sat. October 6th 2007, 9 AM - 4 PM
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania
This event is part of the semiannual workshop series organized by Columbia
University and the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of this term's
workshop is the poetry of Khwajah Mir Dard. The workshop is sponsored by
UPenn's Department of South Asia Studies. The workshop is free and open to
public, but registration is required (see below).
The work of the mid-18th century Mughal poet Khwaja Mir Dard, considered along
with Mir, Sauda, and Mazhar to be "one among the four pillars of the Urdu
language," is an important part of the standard Urdu literary canon. In
addition to his importance as a poet, Dard was also a celebrated Sufi
personality and among the few prominent Urdu poets to remain in Delhi in the
midst of great political instability. For the workshop we will examine
Dard's life and works, trying to understand his place both within the
tumultuous late Mughal Empire and as a leading figure in Urdu's "golden age."
A packet will be available containing poems by Khwaja Mir Dard and secondary
materials for discussion. No knowledge of Urdu is required, as the poems
will be transliterated in Roman characters and translated into English.
Copies of the packet will be available at the workshop. The materials can
also be downloaded from:
This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
To register, RSVP to Sanjukta Banerjee (email@example.com) by Oct. 1,
For further inquiry, please contact Till Luge (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania