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

The Magic Of Music

Try walking away from this!

Mere Rashke Qamar” (Urdu: میرے رشک قمر‎; Hindi: “मेरे रश्के कमर”; lit. “My envy of the moon”) is a ghazal-qawwali written by lyricist Fana Buland Shehri and composed by the prominent Sufi singer of Pakistan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It was first performed in 1988 by Khan, and popularised by him and his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan several times in different concerts.

It was recreated and released as a single on 5 April 2013 by A1melodymaster for the album Reformed; which released on 16 March 2017 with different renewed songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

The song was recreated by lyricist Manoj Muntashir and composer Tanishk Bagchi for Milan Luthria’s 2017 Hindi film Baadshaho; written by Rajat Arora. It features original version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice with new version of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice. The video starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz; has been shot in different locales of BikanerJodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Very popular in India and Pakistan, the song is sung by many artistes and used as a cover for many parodies as well.

Here’s the effervescent Rojalin waxing mesmerizingly on the joy of love, separation, pain…notching up 74m+ views till date!!  Pity it’s only 3.04 mins:-(

In any other tongue the words would be roll off as trite.

(If the clip is blocked for some reason, view it on YouTube)

Also included are a few other short clips of the song:

Parodying a good meal: (1.32 mins)

Parodying travel by crowded local trains in Mumbai: (2.16 mins)

Original from the movie  Badshaho (actors: Ajay Devgn and Ileana Dcruz): (3.4 mins)

(If the clip is blocked for some reason, view it on youtube)

An extract from the original by Nusrat Saheb: (4.58 mins)

A clip on lyrics: (4.41 mins)

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Source: Wiki

Source: Wiki