Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mirza Ghalib's Death Anniversary

Mirza Ghalib was a classical Urdu and Persian poet from the Indian subcontinent during British colonial rule. Today marks his 142nd death anniversary.

Here, I have assembled some genealogical information about him:

4 Mirza Qoqan Baig Khan (Mirza Ghalib's paternal grandfather)

2 Mirza Abdullah Baig Khan (father) m. 3 Izzat-ut-Nisa Begum. He d. 1803 in Alwar and he is buried at Rajgarh (Alwar, Rajasthan)

1 Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan (aka Mirza Ghalib) b. 27 December 1797 m. Umarao Begum (d/o Nawab Ilahi Bakhsh). He had 7 children, none of whom survived beyond infancy. He died in Delhi on February 15, 1869

Additional details:
  • Mirza Qoqan Baig Khan had 4 sons and 3 daughters. One of them was called Mirza Nasrullah Baig Khan (uncle) d. 1806
  • Mirza Ghalib had a brother called Mirza Yousuf Khan d. 1857
Read more about Mirza Ghalib, here.

Tomb of Mirza Ghalib, Delhi
'The prison of life and the bondage of grief are one and the same
Before the onset of death, how can man expect to be free of grief?'

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