The original manuscript of Mirza Ghalib’s verses, penned in 1821, has miraculously survived after being reported missing and presumed destroyed almost 50 years ago.
In a thrilling discovery, the original manuscript of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s “Nuskha-e-Hameediya” may have survived after being reported missing in the 1940s. The manuscript, dated 1821, was commissioned by Nawab Faujdar Mohammed Khan and penned by the hand of calligrapher Hafiz Mueenuddin, and features some of the most authentic and beautiful Urdu poetry ever written.
An online art gallery and museum named Husaini Arts were the ones to uncover this miraculous discovery. A spokesman for the venture says, “It’s truly an incredible find and we’re thrilled that we may yet get to read the original manuscript, which is now almost 200 years old. Urdu poetry lovers everywhere will be rejoicing at this news – that the original text can now be added to the canon of work Ghalib worked on.”
He adds, “After many years of believing that the manuscript was missing and accepting doctored and amended versions of this work as ‘authentic’, we can now finally see the genius of Ghalib as it was originally intended.”
The manuscript was the first of the nine known manuscripts of the Divans of Ghalib which were commissioned when Ghalib was just 24 years of age. Accounts from scholars and publishers say the original manuscript contained almost 1,800 verses, nearly twice the number of verses that were published in the ‘authorized’ version in 1941. Ghalib did not find the omitted verses ‘fit for publication’, but true poetry lovers were keen to read the missing text.
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