More thoughts on song and poetry

Posted on August 14, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Music, People, Poetry, Urdu
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This post really continues from a previous (here) and a future (here) post.

Folloiwing from the earlier ATP post on the new music video on Mehdi Hasan’s ‘yeh watan tumhara hai,‘ I just wanted to share a few still images from the music video to show what is making so many of us think of Mehdi Hassan, the grandeur of his music, and his current battle with illness.

Also, given the discussion that started through the comments on the earlier post, and is continued in the next post, I did want to post a sampling of Munir Niazi’s poetry. Like Roshan, one of my favorite verses from Munir sahib is this famous Punjabi quatrain:

kujh unj we raawaN aukhiaN sann
kujh gall icch gham da tauq ve see
kujh shehr dey louk ve zalim sann
kujh sanouN marran da souq ve see

Yes, the path I chose was tough to traverse
Yes, there was the noose of grief around my neck
Yes, the citizenry was also so cruel
But, ultimately, we too wanted to get killed
(coloquial for the last line: ‘we were suckers for punishment’)

I remember when I first came to the US to study, I would often recite this to myself when I wondered why I had left Pakistan at all!

So, let me conclude with two of my favorite Urdu poems from Munir Niazi: ‘Mohabbat abb nahiN ho gi’ and ‘hamesha dair kar daita houN meiN’

6 responses to “More thoughts on song and poetry”

  1. […] This is probably the best way to celebrate the life and work of a poet. The celebration of his work has gone on on this blog from a while (here, here, here and here) and, as I said yesterday, will no doubt continue. […]

  2. shbn says:

    This was a total tearjerker….I just couldn’t stop replaying it. Mehdi Hassan has aged a lot.

  3. Jamil says:

    Does anyone know where can I find more ghazals by Munir Niazi in Urdu?

  4. Wah wah wah!!

    Thats all I Can about this post.Sonay pe sohaga that ghazal ‘muhabat ab nahi hogi’.

    Thanks to teach me as I always thought it was written by Ifitkhar Arif another legend.

    Do you have copy of this ghazal which was sung by Nayara Nur??

  5. Farrukh says:

    A friend used to love this one about ‘dair kar daita houn’ and would constantly repeat it to us whenever appropriate. in his case it was always appropriate :-)

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