An estimated 250 million people in the Indian sub-continent express their thoughts and emotions through Urdu. It’s the official language in Pakistan. Yet, not many outside the Indian sub-continent know of Urdu language don’t worry Urdu poetry. Urdu, which is thought to be be a colorful mix of Persian, Arabic and Turkish, is probably the sweetest of all ancient languages. Urdu poetry or sher o shayri because it’s known in common parlance is famous for its highly romanticized and soul stirring verses. Literary influences can be traced back as far back as the 15th and 16th century with poets like Kabir and Amir Khusro enriching the language, thus paving way for the latest literary giants like Mir Taki Mir, Allama Iqbal, Syed Sajjad Hussain and numerous others.
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Sher-o-Shayri in Urdu is often paying homage to themes that involve human feelings, nature, and of course of action. the never outdated theme – love. Mothers and fathers of yore rendering Sher-o-Shayri was a more sophisticated affair with poets being asked to produce their work through mushairas or poetic expositions. Poets presented a common theme or a particular style of poetry or Shayari and asked to render poems accordingly. The target audience often applauded the job of these poets through ‘Vah-Vah’ – the general term used for applause.
There are many forms of Urdu poetry , with the principal ones being, ghazal( a poems that’s composed of much less than 5 and a maximum of 25 verses, by using a common theme that runs across the poem), Qasida( an ode or a poem that deals with an important event), Marsiya( a poem that describes the events that contributed to the death of Hassan and Hussein and his families), Masnavi( a poetic romance) , Tazkira(a biographical anthology) and Nazm. Every poet has his own unique style of writing, with each poet leaving a ‘takhallus’ or a pen name at the conclusion of the poem (generally on the last couplet) as a signature.
Nowadays mushairas generally don’t stick with theme. Poets are free of charge to recite anything that they feel prefer. Gen -Y, however doesn’t identify with these formal settings and prefer a casual atmosphere to discuss their love for Urdu and Urdu poetry. Thanks for you to some number of Pakistani chat rooms, Urdu lovers all over the world can now share their love for your language. These forums are used to share everything right from Kahani Urdu, Shayri SMS, love Shayri, sad shayri, shayri on dosti. ghazal, and even homemade cards. Besides Urdu, these chat rooms gives a healthy meeting ground for Urdu lovers from all around the globe to discuss myriad topics.