42 episodes

Bollywood tunes make compulsive hummers out of us. But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you hum? Especially the ones in Urdu? Urdunama, with @FabehaSyed, takes one word at a time and we slice and dice it for you.

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Bollywood tunes make compulsive hummers out of us. But wait, do you know the meaning of every word you hum? Especially the ones in Urdu? Urdunama, with @FabehaSyed, takes one word at a time and we slice and dice it for you.

    Shayar-e-Inquilab Josh Malihabadi’s Poems Spoke To Those in Power

    Shayar-e-Inquilab Josh Malihabadi’s Poems Spoke To Those in Power

    Author of the slogan that echoes in every protest, Josh Malihabadi was a poet who challenged the British in his fierce style of writing. The poet par excellence, Josh Malihabadi was also close to India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who he considered his ideal. Josh was conferred Padma Bhushan in the year 1954.

    His fiery poetry was anti-establishment, anti-religiosity, and spoke directly to those in power. It is considered the blueprint for most resistance writing.

    In this episode, meet Josh, the fearless poet, who never compromised on his principles. Also, in the podcast, The Quint's Fabeha Syed explains Josh's iconic nazm, 'Shikast e Zindan Ka Khwab'. Tune in.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 14 min
    Power, Protest & Poetry: Urdu Shayari & the Anatomy of ‘Ehtijaaj’

    Power, Protest & Poetry: Urdu Shayari & the Anatomy of ‘Ehtijaaj’

    Bohot barbaad hain lekin sadaa-e-inqalaab aaye
    Wahin se vo pukaar utthega jo zarra jahaan hogaa

    This couplet by Ali Sardar Jafri points out the essence of the individual struggles in a revolution that brings people together who desire to change the society, a corrupt system, and so on.

    But every inquilaab comes only when there is the dissent that needs to be voiced. To celebrate this voice of resistance, Urdu shayari has given us gems in poets like Faiz’s, Jalib’s, and Kishwar Naheed’s poetry. For this episode, we have picked out some of the iconic nazms of these masters telling us the importance of dissent.

    Also, for this podcast, The Quint's Fabeha Syed spoke with activist and poet, Nabiya Khan, who dedicates her poem 'aayega inquilaab, pehn ke choorhi, bindi, aur hijaab' to the women of Kisaan Andolan.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 13 min
    Urdu Poetry And The Idea Of 'Shifa' Or 'Healing'

    Urdu Poetry And The Idea Of 'Shifa' Or 'Healing'

    As the world is rejoicing the arrival of many vaccine candidates in different countries, we take a look at the idea of recovery in Urdu poetry.

    In this episode, The Quint's Fabeha Syed recites Ghalib, Muztar Khairabadi, and also, Sahir Ludhianvi's nazm against the politics of religion, '26 January'. 

    Tune in. 

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 9 min
    Hope For A Better Tomorrow, A 'Tabdeeli', This Year

    Hope For A Better Tomorrow, A 'Tabdeeli', This Year

    The journey we had in 2020, and the events we have witnessed is not something anyone of us would like to experience or go through again. Although, and overall the last year was full of trials in a way that demanded us to toss our freedoms aside, we learned many lessons.

    From forcing ourselves to adjust to the ‘new normal’, to finding freedom in restrictions, sailing through the year of a raging pandemic indeed feels like a rite of passage none of us was ready for. But hey, we did it.

    This episode of Urdunama is a celebration of the change or ‘tabdeeli’ that we have undergone. Yet, this year a lot still needs to change.

    Tune in to find out what ‘Tabdeeli’ is and what kind of change poets, Shakeel Badayuni, Jameel Mazhari, and Sahir Ludhianvi are looking for in people around them and in the society, at large.

     
    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 9 min
    Poetry and A Prayer To Keep Safe & 'Salaamat' This New Year

    Poetry and A Prayer To Keep Safe & 'Salaamat' This New Year

    Pandemic, Politics & Protests. These three words can sum-up what 2020 was like. An anxious heart wants to be assured that nothing from the previous year should follow us as we begin a brand new year. And what better way to start a new journey than prayers and hope for peace and strength?

    Join us as we read the poems of Sahir Ludhianvi, Ahmad Faraz, and Ali Sardar Jafri, to make sense of what 'amn' or 'peace' is. These poets tell us not just about friendships, but also, war and hatred, and guide us to keep safe and 'salaamat' from these two ills.

    Tune in.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 14 min
    Poetry & ‘Kisan’: Iqbal, Majaz & Kaifi’s Healing Words For Farmers

    Poetry & ‘Kisan’: Iqbal, Majaz & Kaifi’s Healing Words For Farmers

    Jis khet se dahqan ko mayassar nahin rozi

    us khet ke har khosha-e-gandum ko jala do

    Urdu poet and thinker Allama Iqbal is saying through this couplet that if the piece of land where the farmer grows his produce and other crops is not yielding him any income, it should not be of any use to anybody.

    With the country embroiled in protests by farmers against the Centre’s new farm laws, we take a look at some perspectives shared in Urdu poetry on issues concerning farmers. Works of Asrar ul Haq Majaz, Kaifi Azmi, and Allama Iqbal have continued to lend their voices for the cause of the people working in the largest sector of employment, ie, agriculture.

    Tune in as we explore some healing words of these masters.

    Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
    Editor: Shelly Walia
    Music: Big Bang Fuzz

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
301 Ratings

301 Ratings

Ali Armaan ,

Urdunama

Best podcast , got this podcast from by banja, they way you present the podcast is simply awesome .

Replace Rakesh Sharma ,

One sided perspective

Some episodes were really good. Beautiful diction, nice collection and a lot of efforts put in research. However, certain episodes are highly politically motivated and come across as anti-establishment. It should steer clear of politics or present balanced views.

sravikant24 ,

Mesmerizing!

Every avid Urdu reader should subscribe to it.

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