This podcast episode is part of an exclusive new series titled 'Queer Icons', produced and recorded by Likho Fellow, Toshi Pandey. In this series, Toshi dwells deep into our past to excavate forerunners of Indian queer history--whether it be artists, poets, or writers. Talking about their achievements, artistry, and queerness- the series is an attempt to reclaim our queer past from a heteronormative history.
In this first episode of the series, Toshi talks about the eminent Kashmiri poet- Agha Shahid Ali. The episode talks about Shahid, his poetry, and its influences (in the form of T.S. Elliott and Begum Akhtar) and his everlasting legacy. Tune in to learn more about this poet extraordinaire!