Mehdi Hassan: Yeh watan tumhara hai

Posted on August 14, 2006
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In my August 12 ATP post I had written about this wonderful ad from Mobilink and the even more wonderful song from Mehdi Hasan that it was based on. I had mentioned how, for me, it is my all-time favorite Pakistani milli naghma and I simply cannot hear it with getting goosebumps, and more.

In a comment sabizak mentioned that there was also a video version of this. I did not know that and began looking for it on the web. I just found it. You can view it here. At the center of the page the song should be the only one under ‘video list.’


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I have been listening to and watching this song repeatedly since I found it some half hour ago. This version does not seem to have the entire song. My favorite line (hum tou mehz unwaaN thay, asl daastaN tum ho…) is missing, for example. However, the other amazing line (yeh watan amaanat hai, aur tum ameen loogo..) is very much there.

Mehdi Hassan – Exclusive – Yeh Watan Hamara Hai
02:16

I had always loved the old PTV version – with the screen split in half, Khan sahib with his harmonium on the left half of the screen and black and white still pictures flashing on the right. But this video is an amazingly powerful one, for different reasons.

I am not ashamed to say that the first few times I replayed it my eyes swelled up. Not just because of what the song means to me, but mostly because the video has evocatively included Mehdi Hasan into the video… sitting there on a wheel chair, tears glistening in his eyes, the lines on his face not even trying to hide the rush of unrestrained emotions, memories, hopes, fears, and more.

What a wonderful tribute, with what a wonderful song, to what a wonderful artist!

P.S. For those who may not know, and as one sees in this video, Khan sahib suffered a paralytic stroke in 2005 and his health continues to be a grave concern for his many admirers.

51 responses to “Mehdi Hassan: Yeh watan tumhara hai”

  1. umer says:

    This is indeed one of the most beautiful songs I have ever come across. There is something about the lyrics that they stir you like nothing else.

    When he earnestly urges, “is watan kay parcham koe, sar baland hee rakhna,” it saddens me to think about how often we have failed to live up to this aspiration.

    But when he says “waqt ka andhayroan main, apna aap pehchanoe” it lights up a ray hope in my heart that in the glim darkness of these days, there is a still some course out there that we can chart for our people – if we look for it hard enough.

    But ultimately, whatever state it is in, and whatever prospects it has, it is your, ours. Ours to build and defend. That’s the key theme of the song – a message that rings as true of every successive generation which inherits Pakistan, as the one it was first written for. Could there ever be a more beautiful way to render it than this!

  2. Rabia says:

    “Ye zameen muqadas hai maan ke payar ki suraat”. It’s such an inspirational song with brilliant lyrics. It’s impossible not to be teary eyed while listening to this song.

  3. asif jahangir says:

    aslam_o_alikum pakistan its my request for evry one to prefer pakistan in ur life because we all of are pakistan and pakistan givesus evry thing its our responsbality to love pakistan

  4. Masood Kazmie says:

    Salaams to all
    I am a Canadian Citizen and only now have come across this wonderful patriotic information for which I congratulate everyone who has contributed in maintaining this nationalistic spirit alive. Wasalaam Masood Kazmie

  5. MUHAMMAD AHMED says:

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