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Jun 19, 2021
'Taraana' of Love is the Soundtrack of Your Life
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In this episode, we explore the theme of Music through Urdu poetry, and what it is that makes the soundtrack of our lives.
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World Music Day: Here's How ‘Mauseeqi’ Can Make Our Lives Better
Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night begins with Duke Orsino saying, "If music be the food of love, play on." It's perhaps a famous reminder of how important music is in our lives – be it to express love, to deal with a painful heartbreak, living in a moment of euphoria, or even protesting against oppression – music helps in communicating every emotion in any language. On this World Music Day, we listen to songs and read Urdu poetry on mauseeqi, meaning music. From Dilawar Figar's nazmMauseeqi se ilaaj where the poet is prescribing a dose of music to cure all the ills to Javed Akhtar's ghazal – we look at poets and artists who have resorted to mauseeqi' in their lives to soothe themselves. Tune in with your host Fabeha Syed!
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World Day Against Child Labour: What's a World Without Its 'Masoomiyat'?
'Masoomiyat' means innocence, and the word has often been associated with something pure and free of blemishes. Sometimes, poets have described their lovers as 'masoom' to praise the beauty of their childlike innocence, while at other times, the word has been used to refer to a lost childhood. On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, we chose the theme of innocence to remind ourselves that it's only by safeguarding innocence that we can dream of building a better tomorrow. Tune in as host Fabeha Syed reads Saadat Hasan Manto's short story 'Qaasim' and other nazms in Urdu literature that dwells on the theme of 'masoomiyat.'