RCLAS is famous for its workshops — our facilitators are top-notch and their impact is phenomenal. Don’t miss out!

These sessions are aimed at both writers and fans of literature. On average, RCLAS runs a workshop a month. Costs are extremely reasonable — and even better if you’re an RCLAS members.

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Online Workshop: Ghazal Writing Workshop
Facilitator: Sherry Duggal
Date: Saturday Oct 4, 2020
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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Registrants will be sent the workshop ZOOM link.
Suggested Donation: $5 RCLAS Members, $10 Non-members
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In this workshop Sherry will discuss the ghazal.The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century. It was spread into South Asia in the 12th century by the influence of sufi mystics and the courts of the new Islamic sultanates.

After taking a look at how the ghazal evolved we will go over its essential elements and traditional themes.Rhyme, repetition and rhythm will give us a deeper insight into this unique poetic form as we attempt to write a few couplets of our own.

Some famous 18th and 19th century ghazals (this period being known as the golden age of Urdu poetry and featuring such immortal poets as Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Ghalib and Daagh Dehlavi) have been composed many times in dozens of different styles and tunes and performed by numerous singers.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in poetry and music or both!
No other form bridges the gap between the two than the ghazal.

Bring your journal and an open mind and be ready to have some fun!


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