Arieb Azhar, Yet Again: Meray Des Mein Hain Imkaan Bohat; Aas, Umeed, Armaan Bohat

Posted on May 28, 2011
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Music is on my mind again. Literally. This song has been playing non-stop in my mind as well as in my headphones for two weeks now (ever since I did my last post on Arieb Azhar’s music). I thought it would be overkill to write, yet again, about him and his music, but the lyrics of this song are just not letting go of me. Not right now. Not with all that I am thinking on Pakistan right now. Not with all that is happening in Pakistan right now.

I had thought I could shake this off, but on my computer, in my car, and on a (very) long journey to Africa and back, this song has become the soundtrack of my thoughts – even when there was not a contraption to digitally play it. It really is the words that get to me.

These are not my words, but they are my thoughts. All the more so today when the only thing more troubling than the events besetting Pakistan is the sense of disdain, despondency and dejection that seem to have gripped even the most resolute of us and everyone seems to be giving up. I am not just ready to do so. Nor is this song. And that is why I write yet another post on Arieb Azhar and his ‘Sufi Folk.’

For those who seek more information on Arieb Azhar, I did figure out that he has his own website, and there are plenty of recordings of his new songs online. There are actually many versions of this very song – Mairey Des Mein hain Imkaan Buhat, Aas, Umeed, Armaan Buhat – including one official video of this song and some in higher sound quality. However, for some reason this version gets to me the most. Maybe because you can see him perform, and perform with passion. (I did wonder if there was a political manifesto or choice behind this song; if there is, I do not know of it; nor would I care, since the words speak to you irrespective of your politics). There are other songs that are also extremely powerful: my favorite amongst them is Aaj tou keh dey, aaj tou keh dey, aaj alal-ailaan. This recording from The Guitar School is mesmerizing despite its rickety sound quality.

20 responses to “Arieb Azhar, Yet Again: Meray Des Mein Hain Imkaan Bohat; Aas, Umeed, Armaan Bohat”

  1. Lubna says:

    What an amazing find. Soothing in so many ways. Thank you.

  2. Gardezi says:

    Thank you ATP for putting this up. This disease of depression is getting too much and we need to start talking about solutions.

  3. ASAD says:

    @Mohammad Amjad. If we are doomed we are doomed because of people like you. Read HArooN’s comment earlier – it is about you. Yes, our generals and our politicians may be useless. But most useless are drawing room fools like yourself who keep vomiting their negative ideas and hatred for Pakistan. As HArooN said, our biggest problem, even bigger than generals and politicians is self-haters like you.

    Pakistan is not doomed, but Pakistan haters like you, like the Taliban, like the dictator-lovers, and all others, are.

  4. Mohammed Amjad says:

    Sing all the songs and write all the posts you want, they will make no difference. Our generals are useless and only people more useless are our politicians. This country is doomed and we should just accept that. We are a nation of duffers from top to boottom.

  5. Mustafa says:

    Agree- I needed to hear this last evening and I need this to start my day. My resolve and convictions are only stronger. I would not give up!


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