Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mirza Ghalib & Hz Shah Niaz come together

Hazrat Shah Niyaz and Mirza Ghalib are brought together here with a bang.

Farid Ayaz masterfully weaves the verses of one poet with another here in this pensive and emotion filled rendition of Ishq Mein Tere Koh-e-Gham - عشق میں تیرے كوہ غم. The preamble is Ghalib's "Aah ko Chahiye ek Umr Asar Hone Tak".

The classical style of taankari and sargam is so beautiful and touches the soul. No doubt the enthusiasm of the live audience is enhancing the whole experience as the singers feed off their reactions. Love it when Farid goes "hai" at 8.11 (shareek e gham) feeling Ghalib's melancholy and pain.




Poet: Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak
Kaun jiitaa hai teri zulf ke sar hone tak

The sighs of love take a lifetime to realize
Who may live that long to see its effect on you?


Aashiqi sabr talab aur tamanna betaab
Dil ka kya rang karoon khoon-e-jigar hone tak

Love demands patience and yearning restless
How do I placate my heart till my destruction?


Humne maana ke tagaaful na karoge lekin
Khaak ho jayenge hum, tumko khabar hone tak

Though I believe you may not ignore me, but
I will turn into ashes by the time you understand my plight

Gham-e-hasti ka asad kis se ho juz marg ilaaz
Shamma har rang mein jalti hai sahar hone tak

O Asad!, There is no remedy for the anguish of living save death
The candle has to burn till morning no matter what

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Poet: Hazrat Shah Niyaz Ahmed (R.A.)(1742 - 1834)

Ishq mein tere kohe gham, sar pe liya jo ho so ho
Aish'o nishaat'e zindagi, chhord diya jo ho so ho

Mujh se mareez ko tabiib, haath too apna mat lagaa
Isko khuda pe chord de, bahr'e khuda jo ho so ho

Aql ke madrasee se uthh, ishq ke maikade mein aa
Jaam'e fanaa'o bekhudi, ab to piya jo ho so ho

Laag ki aag lagte hi panba namad ye jal gaya
Rakhte vujood-e-jaan-otan kuchh na bacha jo ho so ho

Hijr ki jo museebatein, arz kiin uske rubaru
Naaz'o adaa se muskura, kehne lagaa jo ho so ho

Hasti ke is saraab mein, raat ki raat bas rahe
Subh'e adam huaa numoo, paaon uthha jo ho so ho

Duniya ke nek'o bad se kaam, humko niyaz kuch nahin
Aap se jo guzar gaya, ussey kia jo ho so ho
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Thanks to Junaid Zuberi for sharing this fabulous rendition.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Aao ge Jab Tum by Ustad Rashid Khan

Can't resist adding this almost magical, slow and classical version of "Aao ge Jab Tum"



Rashid hints that having the complete music with his singing would have had a greater impact, however in my humble opinion there is something very special about this slow and simpler version.

Credit: virasatreach on youtube

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dil mein ab yun tere bhuule huye gham aate hain ~ Faiz




Dil mein ab yun tere bhuule huye gham aate hain 
jaise bichhade huye kaabe mein sanam aate hain 

ik ik kar ke huye jaate hain taare raushan 
meri manzil ki taraf tere qadam aate hain 

raqs-e-may tez karo, saaz ki lay tez karo 
suu-e-maikhaana safiiraan-e-haram aate hain 

kuch hamein ko nahin ehasaan uthaane ka dimaag 
vo to jab aate hain maa_il-ba-karam aate hain 

aur kuch der na guzare shab-e-furqat se kaho 
dil bhi kam dukhata hai vo yaad bhi kam aate hain 

~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz


Ustad Mohammed Ahmed Warsi Nasiri Qawwal -  Live at Suresh Neotia's House
With thanks to Irfan Zuberi for sharing

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Voh Soorat e Ilahi -وہ صورتیں الٰہی کس دیس بستیاں ہی


Voh Soorat e Ilahi, Kis Des Basteeyan Hein


Voh soorat e Ilahi, kis des basteeyan hein
Ab jin ke daikhney ko, aankhein tarasteeyan hein

Barsat ka to moasam kab ka nIkal gaya par
Mijgan ki ye ghattayein ab tak barasteeyan hein

Kyonkar na ho ye zakhmee, sheesha sa dil humara
Os shoakh ki nigahein, pathhar mein dhansteeyan hein

Qeemat un ki go ham, do jug ko dey chuke hein
Os yaar ki nigaahein, iss par bhi sasteeyan hein

Jab mein kaha os se, sauda ko apne mil ke
Iss saal tu hai saaqi, aur mein-parasteeyan hein

Voh soorat e Ilahi, kis des basteeyan hein
Ab jin ke daikhney ko, aankhein tarasteeyan hein

Poetry: Mirza Rafi Sauda

Mirza Mohammed Rafi Sauda was born in 1714 in Delhi and  passed away in 1781 in Lucknow.. His work is titled Kuliyat-e-Sauda. 
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My friend Capt. Shayan Haqqee and I made this memorable day trip to Skardu back in the autumn of 2007. We briefly got off and took a drive towards the Shangrila resort and then returned to take the flight back an hour later. The aerial shots and images iof landscapes n the video slideshow are of that day.
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