By Amir Khusrau, Paul Losensky, Sunil Sharma
In the Bazaar of Love is the 1st accomplished choice of Khusrau's paintings, providing new translations of mystical and romantic poems and clean renditions of previous favourites. masking a variety of genres and types, it inspires the magic of 1 of the best-loved poets of the Indian subcontinent.
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1287–90), to commemorate the reunion between the sultan and his father Bughrā Khān, Khursau’s one-time patron. This work was the first narrative poem on a theme from the history of his own times and an innovative step in his growth as a court poet. Sultan Kaiqubād did not survive long and died the following year at the age of twenty-two in 1290. One year later, Amīr Khusrau joined the court of the new sultan, Jalāluddīn Khaljī (r. 1290–96), and from then until his death he was continuously connected with the court of Delhi, having progressed from serving provincial officials to being the chief poet at the imperial court.
True to their acceptance of local practices, Chishtis also celebrate the spring festival of basant. According to popular belief, it was an event in Khusrau’s life that led them to participate in this festival. One day, he saw some Hindu women singing and carrying mustard flowers to offer to their deity on the religious festival of basant panchmī. In order to cheer up Nizāmuddīn Auliyā, who was depressed about his nephew’s death, Khusrau dressed up like a Hindu woman and proceeded towards his pīr singing a song he had heard.
Khusrau puts forward his belief in the superiority of India in the Islamic world in no uncertain terms and constructs several fanciful arguments to prove that India is akin to paradise: it is the land to which Adam first came after being expelled from paradise, according to one Islamic tradition; the peacock, the bird of paradise, is a native species; the climate is pleasant and moderate, he says, referring to a saying (hadīth) by Prophet Muhammad that he enjoyed the cool breeze that wafted from India; and last but not least, India is superior because the poet’s patron lives there.
In The Bazaar Of Love: Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau by Amir Khusrau, Paul Losensky, Sunil Sharma