Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) was a preeminent poet in the last days of the Mughal empire. He used the nom-de-plumes ‘Ghalib’, which means dominant, and ‘Asad’, which means lion. He composed shayari in both Urdu and Persian. During his last years, Ghalib witnessed the British empire displacing the Mughal empire. He is regarded as the most popular shayar in the Urdu language to date.