ATP Mushaira: Humaisha dair kar daita houN meiN

Posted on April 1, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Mushaira, People, Politics, Urdu
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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. ahmed rafique says:

    asalam o alikum,,
    anybody having this poem complete??
    “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”
    please send me

  2. Sadaf Fatima says:

    Lovely poet! A great person. His simple words have a profound meaning. This black n white picture reminds me of his drawing room where I went to meet him, back in 2005, as a high-school girl who was enchanted by his poetry, after I discovered his books in the school library.

  3. Jalal HB says:

    A great man and a poet who lived in utter poverty throughout his life – but left behind such an awe inspiring poetry that can match any great poet of all times.

    He was and would remain my favourite poet, and I will always rever his verses that he left behind:

    Hamesha dair kar daita hoon, har kaam karnay main

    Zaroori baat kehni ho, koi wada nibhana ho

    ussay awaaz daini ho, ussay wapas bulana ho

    Hamesha dair kar daita hoon

    Kisi ko maut say pehlay, kisi gham say bachana ho

    Haqeeqat aur thi kuch, us ko ja kay yeh batana ho

    Hamesha dair kar daita hoon, har kaam karnay main

    May he be blessed – Ameen

    I have dedicated a complete page in his memory in my website at: nir-niazi.html

  4. Rising says:

    I Like Munir’s Poetry v much. Especially i like his verse
    Sirf is Shoq main poochi hain hazaron baatain
    Main tera husn teray husn e bayan tak daikhoon
    can any1 send me the whole Gazal???

  5. Farrukh Niazi says:

    I like Muneer Niazi.He is my favourite poet and I like him because he comes to Niazi family and I also belong to Niazi family.

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