Ghazals on Saqi

The figure of saqi is

an alien one in today’s world as he has been replaced by the bartender in a bar. In the olden days, saqi was the one who epitomised the institution of tavern and his eyes were more intoxicating than the glasses full of wine. In the classical poetry he represented a tradition and an institution. This selection will introduce you to the most interesting figure of saqi as represented in Urdu poetry.