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Mehfil-e-Sahir | Celebrating 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi: Kausar Munir reads ‘Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai’ – Art-and-culture News , Firstpost

For his beginning centennial, we’re presenting Sahir Ludhianvi’s phrases within the voice of up to date lyricists. Here, Kausar Munir discusses how each poetry lover should internalise this music with a purpose to be taught and admire the artwork and craft behind it.

ना तो कारवाँ की तलाश है, ना तो हमसफ़र की तलाश है
Na to karwaan ki talaash hai, na to humsafar ki talaash hai

मेरे शौक़-ए-खाना खराब को, तेरी रहगुज़र की तलाश है
Mere shauk-e-khana kharaab ko, teri rehguzar ki talaash hai


मेरे नामुराद जुनून का है इलाज कोई तो मौत है
Mere namurad junoon ka hai ilaaj koi to maut hai

जो दवा के नाम पे ज़हर दे उसी चारागर की तलाश है
Jo dawa ke naam pe zehar de usi chaaragar ki talaash hai


तेरा इश्क़ है मेरी आरज़ू, तेरा इश्क़ है मेरी आबरू
Tera ishq hai meri aarzoo, tera ishq hai meri aabroo

दिल इश्क़ जिस्म इश्क़ है और जान इश्क़ है
Dil ishq jism ishq hai aur jaan ishq hai

ईमान की जो पूछो तो ईमान इश्क़ है
Imaan ki jo poochho to imaan ishq hai

तेरा इश्क़ है मेरी आरज़ू, तेरा इश्क़ है मेरी आबरू
Tera ishq hai meri aarzoo, tera ishq hai meri aabroo

तेरा इश्क़ मैं कैसे छोड़ दूँ, मेरी उम्र भर की तलाश है
Tera ishq principal kaise chhod doon, meri umr bhar ki talaash hai

इश्क़ इश्क़ तेरा इश्क़ इश्क़…
Ishq ishq tera ishq ishq…

ये इश्क़ इश्क़ है इश्क़ इश्क़, ये इश्क़ इश्क़ है इश्क़ इश्क़
Ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq


“What is the secret behind Sahir Ludhianvi’s everlasting appeal?” Surinder Deol asks in an essay for Firstpost, analyzing the poet-lyricist’s life and legacy within the 12 months of his 100th beginning anniversary.

Mehfil-e-Sahir is Firstpost‘s ode to Ludhianvi, a group of video tributes by seven main Hindi movie lyricists — from Varun Grover to Kausar Munir, Irshad Kamil, Shellee, Raj Shekhar, Mayur Puri and Hussain Haidry.

Each of those lyricists has picked the verses that talk most to them, explaining why Sahir’s phrases resonate even three a long time after his loss of life.

Sahir Ludhianvi was born on 8 March 1921, in Ludhiana. His poetry and movie lyrics from the 1940s onwards made him wildly widespread, and earned him titles equivalent to “the individuals’s poet” and “bard of the underdog”.

“Today we are witnessing new threats to democracy and secularism… In this context, Sahir’s voice is essential,” Deol notes in his Firstpost essay. “The values he championed are here to stay for the better part of this century.”

View the whole Mehfil-e-Sahir sequence right here.


Kausar Munir reads: ‘Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai’ (Barsaat Ki Raat, 1960)

Often thought-about one of many longest qawwalis (roughly 12 minutes) recorded for a movie, ‘Na To Karwaan Ki Talaash Hai””Ye Ishq Ishq Hai’ is a “masterpiece” and an actual robust act to comply with — be by way of the stellar music association by Roshan; the vocals by Manna De, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra and Shiv Dayal Batish, and naturally the path-breaking lyrics by Ludhianvi. Legend has it that this music from the Bharat Bhushan-Madhubala-starrer Barsaat Ki Raat took practically 24 hours to report and have become a milestone for the illustration of the qawwali kind in widespread Hindi music.

Kausar Munir believes ‘Ye Ishq Ishq Hai’ is not only a qawwali however is a murals unfold throughout a large horizon. “The music begins with the standard Urdu shayari after which meanders by the hills and streams and fields and rivers of India. It paints a vivid image of the syncretic tradition of our nation, of its ganga-jamuni tehzeeb,” says Munir.

This allegorical musical gem has references to Sufi poetry; Radha and Krishna’s love in braj bhasha; the devotion of Meerabai; point out of Musa (Moses) and Kohetoor (Mount Sinai), and even one interlude that pays a tribute to the immortal romances within the fields of Punjab. With this music, “Sahir Ludhianvi masterfully presents a complete definition of ishq (love) and on the similar time paints a cultural poetic historical past of India,” Munir provides additional stressing how each poetry lover should internalise this music with a purpose to be taught and admire the artwork and craft behind it.

Editorial help, textual content and coordination by Suryasarathi Bhattacharya | Video edited by Akshay Jadhav | Art by Satwik Gade

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