Tere Khushboo Mein Base Khat Main Jalaataa Kaise
I am in the mood for ghazals today.
It started this morning when one of my classmates sent me a link to his music collection. It had a bunch of my favourite songs like 'Koi yeh kaise bataye' and 'Tum itna jo muskura rahi ho' from Arth. After listening to those pieces, I decided that the flavour of the day (or possibly even the next couple of days) was ghazals and Hindi film music from the 70s and 80s. And so here I am, listening to 'In aankhon ki masti' from Umrao Jaan, as I type this.
Ghazals have this very disturbing quality of sounding very placid and gentle, and yet managing to completely drown you in their emotions. And it's not just the music that engulfs you, it's the lyrics as well. Or maybe it's just all those beautiful words in Urdu that I can't understand, but decipher by giving my own overly sombre interpretations. Whatever it may be, the combination of slow, languorous music and intense lyrics is the perfect recipe to make you melancholy, no matter how joyous you were prior to your ghazal-listening session.
Awrite, awrite, I'm being unfair - not all ghazals are that sad. But most of them have a generous measure of 'dard' in them. And funnily enough, it's the kind of 'dard' that makes you wonder if masochism might actually be enjoyable. The kind that turns you inside out, and in a strange way, glad for doing so. And brings to life all those pent up emotions inside of you, no matter how deep they are hidden. And no, I'm not saying that's a bad thing at all - in fact, it's a great way to exorcise yourself of the emotions that haunt you from within.
I sometimes wonder about the psychosomatic effects of listening to ghazals :-). It almost seems as if every time I just 'casually' choose to listen to ghazals, it actually is a presentiment of something that is about to happen. Like as if my sub-conscious is setting the stage for the events that are about to unfold. (and of course, after they have unfolded, I just want to go back and drown myself in more ghazals!)
Ah well. Maybe I am just being very fallacious.
Tho aaj ki shaam, is shaam ke dard ke naam (OK, that sounded tres
corny, but that's about as poetic as I can get with my limited knowledge of Urdu! ;-) Here are a few of my favourite ghazals or songs of a similar genre from Hindi films. I specifically say 'of a similar genre' because from what I have read on the web, it seems like ghazals follow a whole bunch of complex rules for meter, rhyme and structure. And not every slow, soulful song you hear actually qualifies to be a ghazal. In fact, contrary to popular belief, a ghazal is not really a style of music, but is more a style of poetry. Quite fascinating.Tere Khushboo Mein Base Khat, Arth
Lyrics : RehbarTere khushboo mein base khat
Main jalaataa kaise
Pyaar mein doobe huye khat
Main jalaataa kaise
Tere haathon ke likhe khat
Main jalaataa kaise
Tere khat aaj main Ganga mein bahaan aayaa hoon
Aag behte huye paani mein lagaa aayaa hoon...
***Koi Yeh Kaise Bataaye, Arth
Lyrics: Kaifi AzmiKoi yeh kaise bataaye ke voh tanhaa kyoon hai
Voh jo apnaa thaa, vahi aur kisi kaa kyoon hai
Yahi duniyaa hai to phir, aisi ye duniyaa kyoon hai
Yahi hotaa hai to, aakhir yahi hotaa kyoon hai?Ik zaraa haath badhaa de to pakad li daaman
Us ke seene mein samaa jaaye, hamaari dhadakan
Itni kurbat hain to phir faaslaa itnaa kyoon hai?Dil-e-barbaad se niklaa nahin ab tak koi
Ek loote ghar pe diyaa kartaa hain dastak koi
Aas jo toot gayee hain phir se bandhaataa kyoon hai?Tum masarrat kaa kaho yaa ise gam kaa rishtaa
Kahte hain pyaar kaa rishtaa hai janam kaa rishtaa
Hai janam kaa jo ye rishtaa tho badaltaa kyoon hai?
***Justaju jiski thi, Umrao Jaan
Lyrics : ShahryarJustaju jiski thi usko tho na paayaa humne
Is bahaane se magar dekh li duniyaa humne
Tujh ko rusvaa na kiyaa, khud bhi pashemaan na huye
Ishq ki razm ko, is tarah nibhaayaa humneKab mili thi, kahaa bichhdee thi, hume yaad nahin
Zindagi tujh ko tho bas khwaab mein dekhaa humne
Aye adaa aur sunaaye bhi tho kyaa haal apnaa
Umr kaa lambaa safar, tay kiyaa tanhaa humne
P.S. Geez, I am beginning to notice that there's a surplus of poetry on my blog. I'm actually surprised, because I am not that big a poetry freak. I do like to read poetry and write nonsense verse, but most free verse and modern poetry is beyond the scope of my sensibilities. Or maybe I am just shining in borrowed plumes, and letting the quotes and poems of others, express what my own limited literary skills cannot :-)