For his delivery centennial, we’re presenting Sahir Ludhianvi’s phrases within the voice of latest lyricists. Here, Raj Shekhar discusses how this music from the 1964 movie Chitralekha is the most effective instance how usually essentially the most profound emotions might be expressed within the fewest of phrases.
मन रे तू काहे ना धीर धरे
Man re tu kahe na dheer dhare
वो निर्मोही मोह ना जाने, जिनका मोह करे
Woh nirmohi moh na jaane, jinka moh kare
इस जीवन की चढ़ती ढलती
Is jeewan ki chadhti dhalti
धूप को किसने बांधा
Dhoop ko kisne baandha
रंग पे किसने पहरे डाले
Rang pe kisne pahre daale
रुप को किसने बांधा
Roop ko kisne baandha
काहे ये जतन करे
Kahe ye jatan kare
उतना ही उपकार समझ कोई
Utna hello upkar samajh koi
जितना साथ निभा दे
Jitna saath nibha de
जनम मरण का मेल है सपना
Janam maran ka mel hai sapna
ये सपना बिसरा दे
Ye sapna bisra de
कोई न संग मरे
Koi na sang mare
“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 yr of his 100th delivery anniversary.
Mehfil-e-Sahir is Firstpost‘s ode to Ludhianvi, a set 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 many years after his dying.
Sahir Ludhianvi was born on 8 March 1921, in Ludhiana. His poetry and movie lyrics from the 1940s onwards made him wildly fashionable, and earned him titles similar 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.
Raj Shekhar reads: ‘Man Re Tu Kahe Na Dheer Dhare (Chitralekha, 1964)
Unlike the widespread notion that Sahir Ludhianvi’s poems and lyrics use quite tough Urdu vocabulary, this music from the 1964 movie Chitralekha is the most effective instance how usually essentially the most profound emotions might be expressed within the fewest of phrases. And, Ludhianvi wrote this music in pure Hindi. Gulzar, in considered one of his memoir items on Ludhianvi, had mentioned: “The spirituality is distinct within the traces: ‘Rang pe kisne pehre dale… man re tu kahe na dheer dhare.’ Even Hindi writers usually are not in a position to write so fantastically.”
“Look at that line when he says ‘koi na sang mare‘… In these very 4 phrases, Sahir has been in a position to specific the most important philosophical fact — that we come on this planet alone and we die alone,” opines Raj Shekhar. “Imagine the amount of anxiety we have these days dealing with relationships; we tend to complicate everything when the real truth is so simple.”
“For all of us writers, poets, listeners, I believe we have so much to unearth in Sahir and his words; they have multiple layers,” Raj Shekhar provides.
Editorial help, textual content and coordination by Suryasarathi Bhattacharya | Video edited by Akshay Jadhav | Art by Satwik Gade
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