From Gunga Jumna to Phir Subah Hogi, messages in the songs from these films resonate even today.
Shakeel Badayuni wrote some memorable romantic poetry but remained aloof from the big ideas of his time.
Muslims have made contributions in arts, sciences and public life, but as citizens and not specifically as members of a community.
In the diverse iterations of Iqbal’s iconic ‘Sare jahan se achha’ in Urdu poetry, varied understandings of ‘Hindustan’ manifest – but none are narrowly chauvinist.
The classic Pyaasa opened the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Goa. What makes the film so unique even six decades later?
Can the Sahitya Akademi be pushed to take that one step across the lakshman rekha which it has not taken until now – to prove they are separate from the state and can take an oppositional position when they see an arm of the state doing wrong?
Come August 15, and India’s airwaves are full of patriotic film songs—from the stirring anti-colonial Ai Vatan, Ai Vatan, Hum Ko Teri Qasam, picturised on Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades, and war-related tearjerkers like Ai Mere Watan Ke Logon to rousing anthems for the temples of modern India like Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein, complete […]
Remembering Rafi on his 35th death anniversary