Life of Mirza Ghalib
The grave of Mirza Asadullah Khan 'Ghalib,' is located north of the enclosure of Chaunsath Khamba, near the Nizamuddin shrine in Nizamuddin West. Mirza Ghalib, as he is popularly known, was the greatest poet of the 19th century and is considered the Urdu Shakespeare. Mirza Ghalib was born in Agra to parents with Turkish aristocratic ancestry on 27th December 1797. He was a great writer of ghazals, the lyrical love poems of Urdu, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. He was a friend of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and was appointed the teacher of Bahadur Shah II.
Ghalib never worked as such for a livelihood but lived on state patronage, credit or generosity of his friends. His fame came to him posthumously. After his death in Delhi on
February 15th, 1869, his grave was covered by a marble structure and is kept within a small courtyard, which is always locked. The little cemetery has a few more graves set around the grave of the great poet and is located next to the large Ghalib Academy.
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