I was overlooking Vidhi’s screen at the gym and saw the dance. Initially I thought Bharatanatyam (it didn’t have a title) is so elegant and mesmerising and I asked Vidhi, what it was.
She replied that it was a Kathak and I made a mini-rant about how India ignores Islamicate culture etc. Incidentally I only just learnt Vidhi had studied Katak and, surprisingly for someone from Chennai, not Bharatanatyam. Her mother (a Sindhi from the North) made the choice and chose accordingly. I’m trying to convince her to pick up Kathak again to offset the intensity of her research.
My point being is that while Kathak has distinctly Hindu/Indian origins; it is ultimately (like Hindustani music) a culmination of the Indo-Islamic culture (apparently Wajid Ali Shah was its finest patron).
My post is about another suggestion that I’ve been dwelling upon this am. I’m convinced that the noblest thing that Pakistani elites could do is resurrect the medieval Persian dialect of India.
It would probably take a decade or so but it would complete a process that the Achaemenians started and has been ongoing the last millennia; the Persianification of the Indus Valley.
Urdu has never been the official language of any Islamicate court; the irony is that it was a language created by Hindus to be eventually used by Muslims.
I’m also convinced that Shoaib Daniyal is in fact correct Urdu’s greatness is only growing since Hindi is a poor proxy for it. But ultimately knowing Hindi is a midway to learning Urdu.
It is time now for the Pakistani elites to complete our century long process and resurrect the gem of Islamicate culture, which is the medieval Persian language.
Also tacking this bit after the jump, which was a lovely segment about a Kashmiri Pandit returning to the Valley to settle:
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