ATP Faiz Mela: Pakistaniat Kay Naam

Posted on February 13, 2007
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Today is Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birthday.

It is always amazing that no matter what the issue, Faiz always has something to say that is not only relevant but revalationary (often it is also revolutionary).

Something that helps us express what we really feel but are unable to articulate. Something that helps us explain what we could not understand. Something that forces us to confront what we would much rather ignore. Something that rises above our fears and speaks to our hopes.

What, then, can one say about Faiz and Pakistaniat that Faiz Sahib has not said himself:

Nisar mein teri galiyoun pay aye watan kay jahaN
Chali hai rasm kay koee na sar uTha kay chalay
Jo koee chahnay waala tawaaf ko niklay
Nazar jhuka kay chalay, jism o jaaN bacha kay chalay

As always, I can offer no better tribute to Faiz Sahib than his very own words. So, here is my very own Faiz Mela for you. A selection of poetry from Faiz that has and continues to inspire me. Poetry that assumes new meaning every time I hear it. Poetry that speaks directly to the state of my existence, to the nuances of my aspirations, and to the core of my convictions.
First, these three poems, presented here in Faiz’s own voice, each of which is as much a credo for this blog as hum daikhain gay:

Nisar mein teri galiyoun pay…

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Aaj baazar mein pa-bajoulaN chalo…

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Bol…

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A fourth poem that I would have added to this list is Intisaab. It has been most beautifully sung by Nayarra Noor, and I recently stumbled on this wonderful video based on part of that poem (I wish it had used the entire poem):

Along with Nayarra Noor, Tina Sani is someone who sings Faiz with a heartfelt passion and understanding; both, of course, are at their best when singing Faiz nazms composed by Arshad Mahmood. There are many Tina Sani renditions that are worth celebrating, but here is a relatively new one – on the poem mairay dil mairay musafir – which like everything above seems to speak personally to me (and to so many others). For those of us who are living in diyar-i-ghair, this is a particularly pertinent poem which is sung particularly well:

Of course, no Faiz Mela can conclude without Iqbal Bano singing Hum Daikhain Gay. Long-time readers of this blog know that ATP and its notion of Pakistaniat (also here) is inspired by Faiz and by this particular tarana of Pakistaniat. Our very first post was based on my own amatuerish effort to visualize that vision, and probably no one except Jinnah has been quoted more often at ATP than Faiz Ahmad Faiz. I have posted it a number of times since then. Let me please do so again. This time, not as much for my visualization as for Iqbal Bano’s wonderful rendition.

Yes, Lazim Hai Kay Hum Bhi Daikhain Gay:

25 Comments on “ATP Faiz Mela: Pakistaniat Kay Naam”

  1. YLH says:
    February 13th, 2007 4:09 am

    My suggestion: Lets designate this day as Faiz Day on Pakistaniat!

  2. February 13th, 2007 4:17 am

    Unfortunately, I didn;t have the urdu text otherwise I wanted to mention urdu version. My post about Faiz:

    http://www.inblogs.net/kadnan/2007/02/raat-you-dil-mey-teri-faiz.html

    But I must thank Ylh that he reminded me his b’day. I had noted it down but then I couldn’t recall the date. Thanks ylh.

  3. Daktar says:
    February 13th, 2007 5:06 am

    These are wonderful collections. Specially liked listening of Faiz in his own voice those three great nazms. Great treat.

  4. Asma says:
    February 13th, 2007 6:40 am

    Beautiful Post … I’ve an MP3 with of 7-8 MBs with all the classic ghazals of faiz in his own voice … that’s a real delight to listen to …!

    Timely post and nice encapsulation :>

  5. February 13th, 2007 8:53 am

    Here is some rare video Archive of Faiz reciting his poem in a Mushaira in the US. As very few of us had seen him reciting his poems in the mushaira.
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    http://www.urdulife.com/mushaira/ulv/ulv.cgi?fa_audio_-5424991500700383559/quote

  6. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    February 13th, 2007 9:06 am

    Mir–Ghalib–Iqbal–Faiz. The string of great Urdu poets shall continue in all ages and in all times.

  7. February 13th, 2007 11:22 am

    [...] 13 Feb 2007 Happy Birthday! Faiz Posted by tunha under Religion , Politics , Poetry , Society , Pakistan  Today is Faiz AhmadFaiz’s 106th birthday. Those who, like me feel, indebted to Faiz ahmad Faiz please see this excellent post by Adil Najam on All things Pakistan. [...]

  8. The Pakistanian says:
    February 13th, 2007 11:24 am

    Vo log bohat khush-qismat thay
    Jo Ishq ko kaam samajhtay thay
    Ya kaam say aashqui kertay thay
    Hum jeetay jee masroof rahay
    Kuch ishq kiya, kuch kaam kiya
    Kaam ishq kay aaRay aata raha
    Or ishq say kaam ulajhta raha
    Phir aakhir tung aa ker hum naiN
    DonoN ko adhuura choR diya

  9. Kazim Aizaz Alam says:
    February 13th, 2007 11:50 am

    woh to woh hai, tumhe ho jayegi ulfat mujh se
    ik nazar tum mera mehboob-e-nazar to dekho

    Thanks Adil….very nice post.

  10. February 13th, 2007 12:01 pm

    “hum daikhain gay” is an anthem that encapsulates the essence of pakistaniat; the awami aavaaz in the face of dictatorship; however allow me to propose some utter nonsense; Adil, I know you love this nazm and i am sharing these foolish thoughts because i know that you will give me the benefit of the doubt:), imho this nazm has been done with greater emotion greater pathos by Najam Sheraz; infact this is both a tribute to Faiz but also to Iqbal Banu. Anyone interested in disagreeing with me; please do check out Najam perform at the Indus TV Tribute to Legends – Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ka3dTP6768

    Give it a listen and tell me I am wrong :)

    Since this is Faiz Day at ATP, let me just express how I relate to Faiz; and the answer lies in the kind of life he lived; never holding a grudge against anyone; refering to himself in a sufistic style ie., shunning attention that he so positively deserved but did not crave; in his complete belief of a better future; that each verse has a new meaning; a new way of looking at things

  11. Maleeha says:
    February 13th, 2007 1:57 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this collection. I really cant get enough of his work, and its good to be among friends who can relate. Thanks again!

  12. iFaqeer says:
    February 13th, 2007 3:04 pm

    Wonderful tribute.! Faiz was most probably the greatest South Asian (not just Pakistan) poet since Iqbal.

    However, I would like to take a little bit of exception to the following statement:

    “It is always amazing that no matter what the issue, Faiz always has something to say that is not only relevant but revalationary (often it is also revolutionary).”

    That is what all great poetry, nay literature, is supposed to do. In this day and age, when we insist on understanding each piece of literature–even even religious texts–as if they have only exactly one clinical meaning that can only be understood in exactly one way, it startles us to discover otherwise. And I dare say this has a lot to do with the influence of the global culture we are a part of. And it is sad. For we lose a very important wellspring of culture and intellectual grounding and intellectual growth (even as people of faith, not just as intellectual beings) when we ignore and refuse to absorb the universal (“afaaqi”) and transcendent lessons and thoughts to be found in our own history and culture. Faiz was not just a progressive thinker that we need to listen to–and he was most definitely that–butu s the late Jehangir Hamdani here in the Bay Area Faiz was a link in a chain that identifies the poetic peak of our intellectual culture. A chain that runs back from Faiz who was born before Iqbal passed on, who was born before Ghalib passed on, who was born before …and so on back to Mir, Sauda, and Wali. [I might have got a link or two mixed up. If our bright, modern and post modern minds managed to reconnect to that part of our heritage, instead of leaning western poets and literature (and even Rumi and Khayyam reingested after making it through a Western digestive process), we might make progress as a community.

    Sorry about the rant.

  13. RAI.T.U.KHAN says:
    February 13th, 2007 3:30 pm

    MEKHANY KI RONAK HAIN,KABI KHANKAHOON KI.
    APNALI HAWAAS WALOON NE RASAAM CHALI HAI.
    DIL DAREAY WAAZ KO HAMHIN BAKI HAIN WARNA.
    AAB CHEHER MAIN HER REND KHRABAAT WALI HAI.
    “FAIZ AHMED FAIZ”
    One of the great name in the urdu poetry.may ALLAH bless him.

  14. Moeen Bhatti says:
    February 13th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Adil: Thanks for reminding this day!

  15. izaz haque says:
    February 13th, 2007 10:36 pm

    The Nayyara Noor video was very moving. In the euphoria surrounding the recent economic boom, the lot of the common man is often ignored. However, these scenes still abound in todays Pakistan. Personally, having recently visited there, I cannot imagine how the average family manages to pull along given high prices and abundance of ostentatious spending.

  16. bhupinder says:
    February 14th, 2007 7:11 am

    Thanks a lot for the tribute. As iFaqeer commented, Faiz is the greatest poet of the 20th century from South Asia and probably the last poet one who was also a poet of ideas and not just emotions- in the tradition blazed by Allama Iqbal.

    On a related note- I have a small friendly quibble on this blog: I was disappointed not to see a tribute to Iqbal on his birth anniversary lat year.

  17. February 14th, 2007 7:18 am

    [...] Faiz Ahmed Faiz was the last great poet of ideas from South Asia forming, within the Urdu tradition, the Trinity of Ghalib-Allama Iqbal- Faiz.  Adil at All Things Pakistan has a wonderful collection of Faiziana on his birth anniversary and remarks about his poetry: Something that helps us express what we really feel but are unable to articulate. Something that helps us explain what we could not understand. Something that forces us to confront what we would much rather ignore. Something that rises above our fears and speaks to our hopes. Linked by bhupinder [...]

  18. Raza Rumi says:
    February 14th, 2007 11:05 am

    Dear Adil

    Thanks for this amazing post. A great selection of his poetry and poignant thoughts.

    RR

  19. Anwar says:
    February 14th, 2007 12:40 pm

    Beautiful – enjoyed every word of the post today. However there is nothing like holding a book in hand and reading it.. nostalgia is deeper and lasting.

  20. February 14th, 2007 4:02 pm

    Hello all, I hope that the following poem comes true one day, and it will take all of you for it to:

    Hum dekhenge
    Lazim hai k hum bhi dekhenge
    Wo din k jis ka wada hai
    Jo looh-e-azl pe likha hai
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Jab zulm-o-sitam k kooh-e-giran
    Roi ki tarah ur jaenge
    Hum mehkomon k paaon tale
    Ye dharti dhar dhar dharkegi
    Aur ahl-e-hukum k sir oper
    Jab bijli kar kar karkegi
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Jab arz-e-Khuda k kaabe se
    Sab but uthwae jaenge
    Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-harm
    Masnad pe bethae jaenge
    Sab taaj uchale jaenge
    Sab takht girae jaenge
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Bas naam rahega Allah ka
    Jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi
    Jo manzar hai nazir bhi
    Uthega ANAL HAQ ka nara
    Jo mai bhi hon tum bhi ho
    Aur raaj karegi Khalq-e-KHUDA
    Jo mai bhi hon tum bhi ho
    Hum dekhenge
    Lazim hai hum bhi dekhenge
    Hum dekhenge …!

  21. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    February 15th, 2007 12:09 pm

    Faiz was not just a progressive thinker that we need to listen to–-and he was most definitely that–-but Faiz was a link in a chain that identifies the poetic peak of our intellectual culture. A chain that runs back from Faiz, who was born before Iqbal passed on, who was born before Ghalib passed on, who was born before …and so on back to Mir, Sauda, and Wali. If our bright, modern and post-modern minds managed to reconnect to that part of our heritage, instead of learning western poets and literature (and even Rumi and Khayyam re-ingested after making it through a Western digestive process), we might make progress as a community.

    iFaqeer: You have said it so very well. Even though an ideologue, Faiz was a great poet and a literary giant. He is a link to the past and the future of the Urdu poetry. I agree with you that we need to maintain our literary heritage but I disagree with you on the second part. We must learn from all literature and not limit ourselves to Urdu only. One of the reasons poets in the past were so prolific was that they studied other languages and literature as well. Could you imagine the poetry of Ghalib and Iqbal without their mastery of Persian. Urdu was rich because of the continue influx of Persian, Arabic and Turkic thoughts, vocabulary and construction. Without this necessary exchange Urdu will become stale if not already there. Our writers need to study other languages and literature including Western. Faiz and Iqbal wrote in English as well and benefited from Western thoughts. Nothing wrong in learning from others. But you are right. Our people have stopped learning the parent languages of Urdu. Now we learn about Rumi, Sadie, Khayyam through their English translations.

  22. Aisha Rahat says:
    February 16th, 2007 6:04 am

    Happy Birthday to Faiz Ahmed Faiz … He is alive in our hearts and his words shall live till the end of time … I haven’t read much of him just a few and it instilled a lot of interest in me and inspired me in so many different ways. It was good to seem TV channels paying tribute to Faiz Sahab on 13th Feb. Got to learn more about this wonderful person and poet. He showed us our path and we have to follow the guidance … He gave us the signs and signals and its time for action! We have to work in the diirection of his hopes. May his soul find peace. I want to dedicate my favorite among his large collection to the whole of Muslim Ummah:

    Hum dekhenge
    Lazim hai k hum bhi dekhenge
    Wo din k jis ka wada hai
    Jo looh-e-azl pe likha hai
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Jab zulm-o-sitam k kooh-e-giran
    Roi ki tarah ur jaenge
    Hum mehkomon k paaon tale
    Ye dharti dhar dhar dharkegi
    Aur ahl-e-hukum k sir oper
    Jab bijli kar kar karkegi
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Jab arz-e-Khuda k kaabe se
    Sab but uthwae jaenge
    Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-harm
    Masnad pe bethae jaenge
    Sab taaj uchale jaenge
    Sab takht girae jaenge
    Hum bhi dekhenge

    Bas naam rahega Allah ka
    Jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi
    Jo manzar hai nazir bhi
    Uthega ANAL HAQ ka nara
    Jo mai bhi hon tum bhi ho
    Aur raaj karegi Khalq-e-KHUDA
    Jo mai bhi hon tum bhi ho
    Hum dekhenge
    Lazim hai hum bhi dekhenge
    Hum dekhenge!

  23. February 18th, 2007 12:01 pm

    [...] I want to introduce this new (hopefully regular) feature at ATP. (Actually, if you press the ‘ATP Mushaira‘ category you will find that this is the second installment in this category; the first being our little Faiz Mela on Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birthday.) Of course, poetry has been a regular and favorite subject for us at Pakistaniat.com. However, this (sub-) category is distinguished from other posts on poetry because here we will feature kalam i shair ba zaban i shair (i.e., poetry recited by the poets themselves). [...]

  24. nudma says:
    April 13th, 2008 10:20 am

    if anyone can step forward to spread his words in every street of pakistan by using televisin media or theatre we can give chance to many hidden faizs ……………

  25. November 7th, 2008 5:27 am

    FAIZ AHMED FAIZ;
    —————

    Dil e man Musafir e man
    Meray dil meray musafir
    hua phir sey hukm sadir
    k watan badar hon hum tum

    dein gali gali sadain
    karein rukh nagar nagar ka
    ke suraagh koi paein
    kisi yar e nama bar ka

    har ik ajnabi sey poochein
    jo pata tha apney ghar ka
    sar e kooey nashenayan
    hamein din sey raat karna

    kabhi iss sey baat karna
    kabhi us sey baat karna
    tumhein kya kahoon key kya hey
    shab e gham buri balaa hey

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