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a lamentation for one dead, dirge, elegy, epicedium, (especially as a genre of poetry commemorating Imam Hussain's martyrdom at Karbala)


elegy, dirge, a lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite

marsiya pa.Dhnaa

reciting an elegy

marsiya sun.naa

marsiya mauzuu.n karnaa

marsiya kahnaa

marsiya likhnaa

marsiya sunaanaa


writing of elegiac verse




dirge singing, elegy singing, elegy reciting



elegist, poet who writes elegies or dirges, dirge singer


dirge singers, reciter of dirge, elegy reciter





big.Daa shaa'ir marsiya go big.Daa gavayyaa marsiya KHvaa.n


Meaning ofSee meaning marsiya in English, Hindi & Urdu



Origin: Arabic

Vazn : 212

English meaning of marsiya

Noun, Masculine

  • a lamentation for one dead, dirge, elegy, epicedium, (especially as a genre of poetry commemorating Imam Hussain's martyrdom at Karbala )
  • lamenting (anyone), pronouncing a funeral eulogium
  • (Metaphorically) lamenting

Sher Examples

मर्सिया के हिंदी अर्थ

संज्ञा, पुल्लिंग

  • किसी मृत व्यक्ति की स्मृति में लिखा हुआ शोक-गीत, मृत व्यक्ति का गुणगान, शोक-काव्य
  • कर्बला के मैदान में शहीद होने वाले इमाम हुसेन और उनके साथियों की स्मृति में लिखा हुआ शोक-गीत, इमाम हुसैन की याद में पढ़ा जाने वाला महाकाव्य
  • ( लाक्षणिक) मातम, सियापा, रोना-पीटना, मायूस होना या मायूसी का वर्णन करना

مَرثِیَہ کے اردو معانی

اسم، مذکر

  • وہ نظم یا اشعار جن میں کسی شخص کی وفات یا شہادت کا حال یا اس کے ساتھ اس کی مصیبتوں کا ذکر ہو
  • خاص طور پر وہ نظم یا اشعار جن میں امام حسین اور دوسرے شہدائے کربلا کی مظلومی اور شہادت کے مصائب بیان کیے جائیں
  • (مجازاً) ماتم، رونا پیٹنا، مایوس ہونا یا مایوسی کا ذکر کرنا

Idioms of marsiya

Compound words of marsiya

Interesting Information on marsiya

At one time the following saying was very popular in Lucknow, ‘Bigda gawayya Qawwal Aur Bigda Shair Marsiya-Go’. But Mir Anis (1803-1874), and other elegy reciters (Marsiya-Go) of that time entirely wiped it out. Marsiya, originally an Arabic word means mourning over the dead. Marsiyas have been composed in Persian as well, but in Urdu long Marsiyas written in hexameters with reference to the event of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain have a unique status. It's not just tantamount to religious poetry, but an epic of the highest form of literature. These poems involve several aspects like imagery, historical events, characterization, emotionality, courage-display, and dramatics. Adorned with a combination of local customs, culture, and creative language, it is a genre that is a matter of pride for Urdu poetry and an exquisite treasure of words and their usage. The enchanting manner in which Mir Babbar Ali Anis used to sit on the pulpit in the Imam Bara of Lucknow and perform prosodic recitals of his Marsiya is also an important part of our history. Even today, in gatherings, or in electronic media, the elegy reciters imitate the same style. In some gatherings, three to four reciters come together to sing elegies in different Raags which is known as Soz-Khwaani.

Author: Azra Naqvi

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