ATP Mushaira: Humaisha dair kar daita houN meiN

Posted on April 1, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Mushaira, People, Politics, Urdu
Total Views: 115379

Adil Najam

I sometimes receive email from angry readers, fuming about our moderation policy here at ATP. I usually keep quiet since the comment policy is already explicit and part of our ‘Pakistaniat’ is to be trigger happy with our anger.

But sometimes – like earlier today – I am reminded of this wonderful verse from Munir Niazi.

Kissi ko apnay amal ka hisab kiya daitay
sawaal saarey ghalat thhay, jawab kiya daitay

Regular ATP readers are very well aware of the esteem in which I hold the memory of poet Muneer Niazi. I first wrote about him back in August 2006 while he was still alive (here), and then when he died in December we had two posts (here and here) celebrating his work, including a clip of his famous film song ‘Uss bewafa ka shehr hai aur hum haiN dostou.’

Today, I feel like remembering Munir Niazi again.

Even more so because I recently found two mushaira video clips from him. In some ways these are sad clips because one can see just how much his health deteriorated over the years. This was not the Muneer Niazi I remembered from my Lahore days. But the poetic brilliance, the passion, the style, the simplicity of vernacular, the depth of meaning were all very much the same. One example is the following verse, which you will find in the first video:

Khiyal jis ka tha mujhay, khiyal meiN milla mujhay
Sawaal ka jawab bhi, sawaal meiN milla mujhay

Muneer Niazi – Ghazal – Khayaal jiska tha mujhey

The second video (below) includes his masterpiece ‘Humaisha dair kar daita houN mein.’ Even if poetry is not your greatest passion, I urge readers to take a listen to this one, and carefully. To me, this poem (along with his Punjabi ‘kuch saanou maran da shouq ve see‘) are the most representative of the Munir Niazi genre.

Muneer Niazi – Hameisha deir kar deita hooN

21 responses to “ATP Mushaira: Humaisha dair kar daita houN meiN

  1. AH says:

    Why does the host keep repeating after Mr. Niazi? Is the host a moron or is this the standard?

    Great poetry nonetheless.

  2. Adnan Ahmad says:

    Khoob hai! Does any one know his poem “baaghi beta?”

    hein rawaa’n uss rah purr jiss ki koee manzil na ho
    justajoo kartein hein uss ki jo hamein haasil na ho

    wo khara hai aik baab-e-ilm ke dehleez purr
    mein ye kehta hoon ussay iss khoaf mein daakhil na ho!

  3. IAP says:

    Interesting quote by Mr. ahmed2, plus all the above quotes.
    Munir Niazi can be termed as a ‘Pop’ (Shair) poet.

  4. IAP says:

    Query to Intazamia :

    Kia parda aur parda-dari ka bhi maqul intisam hai ?

  5. ahmed2 says:

    Following from Munir Niazi is unique in its own way–words fail to describe its simplicity, its melodic content and its ‘shokhipan’.


    Sun nee kurriyay
    Mein tur jawaanga
    Mur kay nein awaanga
    Fare pichtaingee
    Hus kay bulaingee
    Ro kay bulaingee
    Fare vee nein awaanga
    Ucchay asmaan da
    Tara ban jawaanga
    Duuron duur ruwaanwanga
    Tay tainoon tursawaanga.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.