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Classical Urdu Poetry

The files presented here were made from audio tape recordings produced in 1975 at the Learning Resources Center, under the direction of Professor M.A.R. Barker and Shah Abdus Salam. The tape recordings were prepared to accompany Volume I of Prof. Barker's book A Reader of Classical Urdu Poetry, published in 1977 by Spoken Language Services. The complete texts, Vols I, II are available at the Ames Library of South Asia at the University of Minnesota. The recordings feature vocalist Ustad Hafiz Ahmad Khan accompanied on the tabla by Ali Qadri. Twenty-one selections from the text are recited, chanted and sung. They were chosen by Prof. Barker to demonstrate the "amalgamation of poetry into the ancient musical tradition of the Subcontinent."