A Pining Lover – A Ghazal Magic From…

the duo – Kaifi Azmi and Madan Mohan:

‘Zara Si Aahat Hoti Hai’ from Haqeeqat (1964) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Actors: Dharmendra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh, Sudhir, Sanjay Khan and Vijay Anand. Director: Vijay Anand.

Like many other immortal melodies this Azmi’s song of tender love, full of old-world charm, is also set in Raag: Yaman Kalyan at its sweetest, its notes lending the distinctive qualities of soft romance, peace and tranquility. Moods of this Raag: bhakti, gambhir, shringar, serene, haunting… 

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Lyrics and its as-best-as-I-could translation:

ज़रा सी आहट होती है

तो दिल सोचता है 

कहीं ये वो तो नहीं,

कहीं ये वो तो नहीं 

ज़रा सी आहट होती है…

Even a slight sound (of a foot fall) and

my heart goes thumping:

Could it be him if anyone?

Could it be him if anyone?

छुप के सीने में कोई जैसे सदा देता है 

शाम से पहले दीया दिल का जला देता है 

है उसी की ये सदा, है उसी की ये अदा 

कहीं ये वो तो नहीं.

Dwelling in (my) bosom and making himself ever felt,

Lighting up the lamp of the heart even before it’s dusk,

It is his ever…it is this coquetry of his,

Could it be him, if anyone?

शक्ल फिरती है निगाहों में वही प्यारी सी

मेरी नस-नस में मचलने लगी चिंगारी सी 

छू गई जिस्म मेरा किसके दामन की हवा 

कहीं ये वो तो नहीं…

(It’s his) face swirling before my eyes, so cute,

(it’s like) fire-sparks cavorting in every vein of mine,

my body tingled by the breeze that had embraced someone,

Could it be him, if anyone?

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Now dismiss all thoughts of the world outside,

shut out all noise,

put your feet up,

roll down your sleeves,

hold your glass in hand if you desire,

switch on the soft glow of a single shaded lamp,

get ready to be swept along.

Video here.

And for the original from the film:

Video here.

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PS: A nagging thought: should a kid like this girl be asked to emote such tender love?

Source: poshmaal.com/ragas/yaman.html