An intellectual and evolutionary study of Urdu Doha

Word Doha is derived from a Sanskrit cognate Dogdha or Dodhaka which represents a generic Sanskrit/ Hindi form of poetry. Basically, Doha is a two lined verse or couplet, each having twenty four instants (Matras) composed in Matrik prosodical metre. Actually this genre of poetry is very petite (miniscule) in form yet possesses rhythm and lyricism in its overall existence. Doha verse has great importance in Hindi poetry as it is not only used to sing and chant in the common gatherings but is also used for spiritual recitation in the religious places too. This self -contained rhyming couplet is commonly used in Hindi poetry. Many famous poets like classicist Kabeer, Tulsidas, Mira Bai, Bihari, Raskhan and Rahim have expressed their inner feelings in this form of poetry. Now it has been adapted in Urdu and is being used by many Urdu poets. This research paper focuses on the evolution and innovation of Doha in Urdu with reference to those Urdu poets who have taken great efforts to enrich it with their thought process and profound experience.

Dr. Fayyaz Latif. (2019) اردو دوهي جو ارتقائي ۽ فڪري اڀياس, Sindhi Boli (Research Journal), Volume-12, Issue-2.
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