In December 2010, former CM of Delhi Mrs. Sheila Dixit unveiled a statue of the poet Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan “Ghalib”. The statute was commissioned by poet and film lyricist Gulzar as a tribute to the legendary poet and was sculpted by Bhagwan Rampure, a well know artist.
Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli (home) is located in Ballimaran, Delhi. Though a bit late, it has now been declared a heritage site by Archaeological Survey of India, as parts of the haveli has already been encroached upon.
Here you get an insight into the life of Ghalib. The walls of the haveli have his poems hung on them. This is now a permanent museum of Ghalib. There are many hand written poems and his books. There is a life size replica, of Ghalib with a hookah in his hand. Portraits of other prominent poets such as Ustaad Zauq, Abu Zafar and Momin are also here.
After coming from Agra, Ghalib spent a lot of time here and wrote his Urdu and Persian ‘diwans’. After his death this haveli was encroached by the neighbours who set up shops here but the Govt have now acquired a portion of the haveli and renovated it bringing back its old world Mughal magnificence & charm.
If you are ever visiting Delhi, it should be on your must see list.