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Saturday, July 31, 2010

652. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Har sapna ek din TooTe....








har sapna ek din toote _madan mohamn"s unreleas..., posted with vodpodOn the occasion of the 30th Death Anniversary of the Singing Legend, Mohammed Rafi Sahaab:

Transliteration/Translation of the MADAN MOHAN’S HITHERTO UNRELEASED
PHILOSOPHICAL SONG OF RAFI SAHAAB, NOW RELEASED.




har sapnaa ik din TooTe is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har saathee mil kar, chhoote, is duniya me.n
EVERY COMPANION SPLITS UP AFTER MEETING IN THIS WORLD,


har sapnaa, ik din TooTe is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


tere, saath yaad, reh jaaye re ta.dpaaye re,
WHAT REMAINS WITH YOU IS THE MEMORY AND THE PAIN!


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n…
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY…


jo tuu soche jo tuu chaahe, voh tujh ko mil jaaye,
IF YOU’RE ABLE TO GET WHAT YOU THINK AND DESIRE,


jo tuu soche jo tuu chaahe, voh tujh ko mil jaaye,
IF YOU’RE ABLE TO GET WHAT YOU THINK AND DESIRE,


aisaa ho toh phir yeh duniya, kyoo.n duniya kehlaaye,
IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN, THEN WHY SHOULD THIS EARTH BE CALLED WORLD!


ban, ban ke aas miT jaaye re ta.dpaaye re,
HOPE AFTER HOPE IS DASHED, RENDERING PAIN,


har sapnaa ik din –
EVERY DREAM ONE DAY…


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n…
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY…


duniya kee har subha sunehree, aur har shaam sindooree,
EVERY MORNING A GOLDEN ONE, EVERY EVENING BEING CRIMSON,


duniya kee har subha sunehree, aur har shaam sindooree,
EVERY MORNING A GOLDEN ONE, EVERY EVENING BEING CRIMSON,


phir bhee jeenaa is duniya me.n, hai bas ik majbooree,
EVEN THEN, STAYING IN THIS WORLD IS JUST A COMPULSION,


koee, ranggg haath naa, aaye re ta.Dpaaye re
NO HUE COMES WITHIN THE REACH, RENDERING PAIN,


har sapnaa ik din –
EVERY DREAM ONE DAY…


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n…
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY…


ek se teraa pyaar yahaa.n kyoo.n, sab se preet lagaa le,
HERE, WHY LOVE ONE? HAVE AFFECTION FOR EVERYONE!


ek se teraa pyaar yahaa.n kyoo.n, sab se preet lagaa le,
HERE, WHY LOVE ONE? HAVE AFFECTION FOR EVERYONE,


sab saathee hai.n, is duniya me.n, sab ko meet banaa le,
ALL ARE COMPANIONS IN THIS WORLD, BE FRIENDS WITH EVERYONE,


tere, mann ko chayn mil jaaye re mil jaaye re,
YOUR MIND MAY FINALLY FIND PEACE, MAY FIND…


har sapnaa ik din –
EVERY DREAM ONE DAY…


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har saathee mil kar, chhooTe, is duniya me.n
EVERY COMPANION SPLITS UP AFTER MEETING IN THIS WORLD,


har sapnaa, ik din, TooTe is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


tere, saath yaad reh jaaye re, ta.dpaaye re,
WHAT REMAINS WITH YOU IS THE MEMORY AND THE PAIN!


har sapnaa ik din, TooTe is duniya me.n
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe is duniya me.n,
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY,


har sapnaa ik din TooTe, is duniya me.n.
EVERY DREAM SHATTERS IN THIS WORLD ONE DAY.


NASIR




651. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Dil ka soona saaz taraana DhoonDhegaa...

Today is 31st July 2010.   It was exactly on 31st July 1980 that  the Great Singing Legend, Mohammed Rafi Sahaab, left us in a state of shock for his heavenly abode.  It was the classic case of "Mahal udaas aur galiyaan sooni, chup chup hain deewaaren..." Yes, from the palatial mansions to the lowly hutments in the the lanes and by-lanes of Mumbai   all felt berieved.  An angel who had come down to earth from the heaven had gone back to his abode.  It was unbelievable.  It still is unbelievable that Rafi Sahaab is no more with us. 
He left behind for posterity his selfless tales of  humanity, humility and  philanthropy, as well as  thousands of melodies in Urdu-Hindi and the regional languages of India, including Afghani and English songs. This treasure trove of his songs has managed to enthrall the music lovers of his own time, the younger generation and the  gen next.  The fragrance of Rafi Sahaab's name and fame has crossed international borders decades ago and is still making inroads to the remotest locations.  Even after 30 years of the sad demise of the Legendary Playback Singer, Mohammed Rafi, we are still seeking him out, discussing about him, enjoying his songs, and discovering more pearls of his melodies. 

Here’s wishing a humble toast to his everlasting memory!



Movie: Ek Naari Do Roop (1973)

Lyricist: Asad Bhopali
Music: Ganesh


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Dil Ka Soona Saaz....prophetically tells us how we shall be missing him.
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Urdu-Hindi lyrics:


dil kaa... soona saaz... taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


dil kaa soona saaz,  taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz,  nishaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MARK, THE DARTS OF THE ALLURING EYES WILL SEEK,


mujh ko mere baad zamaanaa,  Dhoo.nDhegaa,
AFTER I’M GONE, ‘TIS ME THE WORLD WILL SEEK.


dil kaa soona saaz,  taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz,  nishaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MARK, THE DARTS OF THE ALLURING EYES WILL SEEK,


arre mujh ko mere baad, zamaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
HEY, AFTER I’M GONE, ‘TIS ME THE WORLD WILL SEEK.


dil kaa soona saaz , taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa....
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK...


log mere Khwaabo.n ko churaake, Dhaale.nge afsaano.n me.n,
BY ROBBING MY DREAMS, THE PEOPLE WILL SHAPE THEM INTO FABLES,


mere dil kee aag ba.nTegee, duniyaa ke parwaano.n me.n,
THE PASSION OF MY HEART WILL BE DISTRUBUTED AMONG THE LOVERS OF THE WORLD,


waqt mere geeto.n kaa,  Khazaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE TREASURE OF MY SONGS, THE TIME WILL SEEK.


dil kaa soona saaz,  taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz,  nishaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa...
THE MARK, THE DARTS OF THE ALLURING EYES WILL SEEK....


saathee mujh ko yaad karenge, bheegee bheegee shaamo.n me.n,
COMPANIONS WILL REMEMBER ME ON THE WET, MISTY EVENINGS,


lekin ek maasoom sa dil bhee,  inn saare hangaamo.n me.n,
BUT AMONG ALL THIS DIN, ONE INNOCENT-LIKE HEART


chhup chhup  ke rone ka,  bahaanaa Dhoo. nDhegaa,
FOR WEEPING SECRETLY, AN EXCUSE HE’LL SEEK


dil ka soona saaz , taraanaa dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


teer-e-nigaah naaz,  nishaana Dhoo.nDhegaa.....
THE MARK, THE DARTS OF THE ALLURING EYES WILL SEEK....


HO~~~HO, HO, HO~~~


aas kaa sooraj saath rahegaa,  jab saa.nso.n kee raaho.n me.n,
AS LONG AS SUN OF HOPE WILL ACCOMPANY ON THE PATH OF BREATHS,


gham ke a.ndhere, chhaT jaaye.nge, ma.nzil hogee baa.nho.n me.n,
THE DARKNESS OF GLOOM WILL DISPERSE, THE GOAL WILL BE ACHIEVED,


pyaar dha.dakte dil kaa, Thikaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE DESTINATION OF THE BEATING HEART, THE LOVE WILL SEEK.


dil kaa soona saaz, taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK,


teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz, nishaanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa,
THE MARK, THE DARTS OF THE ALLURING EYES WILL SEEK,


arre mujh ko mere baad zamaanaa, Dhoo.nDhegaa,
HEY, AFTER I’M GONE, ‘TIS ME THE WORLD WILL SEEK.


dil kaa soona saaz , taraanaa Dhoo.nDhegaa.
THE MELODY, THE SILENT CHORD OF THE HEART WILL SEEK.


NASIR.




Friday, July 30, 2010

650. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Zamaane ne maare jawaa.n kaise kaise....

Movie: BAHAARON KE SAPNE (1967)
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: R.D. Burman
Main Movie-Hall where first released in Mumbai: Apsara Cinema


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Zamaane ne maare jawaa.n kaise kaise... Voice full of pathos, feel the pain!
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Urdu-Hindi Lyrics:


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamee.n khaa gayee, aasmaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A HEAVEN THE EARTH HAS DEVOURED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise…
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


palay theh jo kal, rangg me.n phool me.n,
THOSE WHO WERE NURTURED YESTERDAY IN THE FLOWERY SPLENDOUR,

 kahee.n kho gaye, raah kee dhool me.n,
THEY’VE GONE MISSING SOMEWHERE ALONG THE DUSTY PATH,


palay…
NURTURED…


palay theh jo kal, rangg me.n phool me.n,
THOSE WHO WERE NURTURED YESTERDAY IN FLOWERY SPLENDOUR,


kahee.n kho gaye, raah kee dhool me.n,
THEY’VE GONE MISSING SOMEWHERE ALONG THE DUSTY PATH,


huwe dar badar, karvaa.n kaise, kaise,
HOW MANY A CARAVAN HAS GONE ASTRAY!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamee.n khaa gayee, aasmaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A HEAVEN THE EARTH HAS DEVOURED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise…
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


hazaaro.n ke tann, jaise sheeshe ho.n choor,
THOUSANDS OF BODIES, SHATTERED LIKE THE GLASS,


jalaa dhoop me.n, kitnee aa.nkhon kaa noor,
SO MANY A BELOVED SON SCORCHED IN THE SUN!


hazaaro.n ke tann, jaise sheeshe ho.n choor,
THOUSANDS OF BODIES, SHATTERED LIKE THE GLASS,


jalaa dhoop me.n, kitnee aa.nkhon kaa noor,
SO MANY A BELOVED SON SCORCHED IN THE SUN!


hai.n chehro.n pe gham, ke nishaa.n kaise, kaise,
HOW MANY SIGNS OF SORROW THE FACES BEAR!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamee.n khaa gayee, aasmaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A HEAVEN THE EARTH HAS DEVOURED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise…
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


theeh aabaad jin se, chaman kee kalee,
BY THE VIRTUE OF WHOM THE GARDEN'S BUD HAD FLOURISHED,


theeh aabaad jin se, chaman kee kalee,
BY THE VIRTUE OF WHOM THE GARDEN'S  BUD HAD FLOURISHED,


voh lekar gaye, khwaab kee har kalee,
EVERY BUD OF DREAM, THEY HAVE TAKEN AWAY,


milay khaak me.n, gulsitaa.n kaise, kaise,
HOW MANY A ROSE-GARDEN HAS BEEN LAID TO DUST!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamee.n khaa gayee, aasmaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A HEAVEN THE EARTH HAS DEVOURED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise…
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


lahoo bann ke behne, doh aa.nsoo tamaam,
LET ALL THE TEARS FLOW AS BLOOD,


ke hogaa inhe.n se, bahaaro.n kaa naam,
FOR BY THESE, THE BLOSSOMS WILL BE KNOWN,


bane.nge abhee, aashiyaa.n kaise, kaise,
HOW MANY A HOME WILL NOW BE CONSTRUCTED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


zamee.n khaa gayee, aasmaa.n kaise kaise,
HOW MANY A HEAVEN THE EARTH HAS DEVOURED!


zamaane ne maare, jawaa.n kaise kaise…
HOW MANY A PROMISING YOUTH THE WORLD HAS STIFLED!


Chorus: AAAA~~~~AAAA~~~AA~~AA~~AAA~~~.


NASIR


Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Thomas Gray (English Poet, 1716-1771)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

649. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Sab din hoth naa ek samaan....

Movie: SENAPATI (1961)

Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan
Music: Madan Mohan


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Sab din hoth naa ek samaan…
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi Lyrics:



sab din hoth naa ek samaan,
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME,


sab din hoth naa ek samaan,
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME,


dukh me.n bhee naa, chho.D magar tuu, hoTo.n kee muskaan,
EVEN IN GRIEF DON’T LET GO OF THE SMILE ON THE LIPS,


sab din hoth naa ek samaan…
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME…


bin soche samjhe kyoo.n nikle, mukh se koee bol,
WHY SHOULD ANY WORD COME OUT OF THE MOUTH WITHOUT DELIBERATION!

bin  samjhe kyoo.n nikle, mukh se koee bol,
WHY SHOULD ANY WORD COME OUT OF THE MOUTH WITHOUT DELIBERATION!

bol ba.Daa anmol hai praanee, pehle usko tol,
VERY PRECIOUS IS THE WORD, O HUMAN BEING, WEIGH  IT FIRST!


diyaa huwaa kabhee vachan naa jaaye, beshaq jaaye praan,
THE GIVEN PROMISE MUST NEVER LAPSE; THE LIFE MAY INDUBITABLY  LAPSE!


sab din naa hoth ek samaan…
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME…


raaj paaT se, ba.Dh ke hai yeh, maanavtaa kaa tej,
MORE EXCELLENT THAN KINGDOM IS THIS REFULGENCE OF HUMANITY!


raaj paaT se, ba.Dh ke hai yeh, maanavtaa kaa tej,
MORE EXCELLENT THAN KINGDOM IS THIS REFULGENCE OF HUMANITY!


hai phoolo.n ke taaj se achchee, yeh kaa.nTo.n kee sej,
BETTER THAN THE CROWN OF FLOWERS IS THIS BED OF THORNS,


kaun yeh jaane, isee raah me.n, mil jaaye bhagwaan,
WHO KNOWS ON THIS VERY PATH YOU MAY FIND GOD!


sab din hoth naa ek samaan,
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME,


dukh me.n bhee naa, chho.D magar tuu, hoTo.n kee muskaan,
EVEN IN GRIEF DON’T LET GO OF THE SMILE ON THE LIPS,


sab din hoth naa ek samaan…
ALL DAYS DON’T HAPPEN TO BE THE SAME…


NASIR.

For every day that there is sunshine, there will be days of rain,
it's how we dance within them both that shows our love and pain.
~Joey Tolbert



Monday, July 26, 2010

648. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Voh kaun si mushkil hai...

Movie: MAA BETA (1962)

Lyrics: Prem Dhawan
Music: Hemant Kumar


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Voh kaun see mushkil hai…
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi-Urdu Lyrics:


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa ho sake aasaan,
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa, ho sake aasaan,
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


himmat hai tere saath….
IF YOU’VE THE COURAGE…


himmat hai tere saath toh phir saath hai bhagwaan,
IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE, THEN GOD IS WITH YOU,


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa, ho sake aasaan,
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


voh kaun see mushkil hai…
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY….


sooyee se mahal bante hai.n miTTi se bane sonaa,
OUT OF SEWING, PALACES ARE MADE; FROM DUST - THE GOLD,


qismat ke saath khelo, qismat hai ik khilonaa,
TOY WITH THE KISMET, KISMET IS A TOY,


sooyee se mahal bante hai.n miTTi se bane sonaa,
OUT OF SEWING, PALACES ARE MADE; FROM DUST - THE GOLD,


qismat ke saath khelo, qismat hai ik khilonaa,
TOY WITH THE KISMET, KISMET IS A TOY,


mehnat hee teree izzat mehnat hee teree shaan,
‘TIS THE TOIL THAT’S YOUR HONOUR; ‘TIS THE LABOUR THAT’S YOUR GRANDEUR,


mehnat hee teree izzat, mehnat hee teree shaan,
‘TIS THE TOIL THAT’S YOUR HONOUR; ‘TIS THE LABOUR THAT’S YOUR GRANDEUR,


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa, ho sake aasaan
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


voh kaun see mushkil hai…
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY…


tadbeer se big.Dee huwee taqdeer badal jaaye,
WITH EFFORT, THE MISFORTUNE GETS TRANSFORMED,


uljhe huwe halaat kee tasveer badal jaaye,
THE PICTURE OF INTRICATE CIRCUMSTANCES GETS TRANSFORMED,


tadbeer se big.Dee huwee taqdeer badal jaaye,
WITH EFFORT, THE MISFORTUNE GETS TRANSFORMED,


uljhe huwe halaat kee tasveer badal jaaye,
THE PICTURE OF INTRICATE CIRCUMSTANCES GETS TRANSFORMED,


yeh haath kee lakeere.n badal saktaa hai insaan,
MAN CAN GET THESE LINES OF THE PALM TRANSFORMED,


yeh haath kee lakeere.n badal sakta hai insaan,
MAN CAN GET THESE LINES OF THE PALM TRANSFORMED,


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa ho sake aasaan,
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


voh kaun see mushkil hai…
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY…


jo kaam hai kiye jaa phal toh kabhee milegaa,
CARRY ON WITH THE WORK, SOMETIME OR OTHER YOU’LL REAP THE FRUIT,


hai aaj agar kaa.nTe, kal phool bhee khilegaa,
IF THERE ARE THORNS TODAY, TOMORROW THE FLOWER, TOO, WILL BLOOM,


jo kaam hai kiye jaa, phal toh kabhee milegaa,
CARRY ON WITH THE WORK, SOMETIME OR OTHER YOU’LL REAP THE FRUIT,


hai aaj agar kaa.nTe, kal phool bhee khilegaa,
IF THERE ARE THORNS TODAY, TOMORROW THE FLOWER, TOO, WILL BLOOM,


samay pe kar bharosa samay hai ba.Daa balwaan,
HAVE FAITH IN THE TIME, TIME IS MIGHTY,


samay pe kar bharosa samay hai ba.Daa balwaan,
HAVE FAITH IN THE TIME, TIME IS MIGHTY,


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa, ho sake aasaan,
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


himmat hai tere saath…
IF YOU’VE THE COURAGE…


himmat hai tere saath toh phir saath hai bhagwaan,
IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE, THEN GOD IS WITH YOU,


voh kaun see mushkil hai jo naa, ho sake aasaan
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED!


voh kaun see mushkil hai.
IS THERE ANY DIFFICULTY!


NASIR.
What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.

Tony Robbins


647. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Uneh manzil nahin milti...

Movie: VIDHYARTHI (1966)
Lyrics: Madhukar Bihari
Music: Babu Singh


Philosphical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Uneh manzil nahee.n miltee – a Rare but an Awsome Song
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi-Urdu Lyrics:



 uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n…
WHO RELY ON KISMET…


hai un kee zindagee bhee maut,
EVEN THEIR LIFE IS DEATH,

jo himmat ko, haare hai.n…,
WHO HAVE LOST COURAGE….


uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n,
WHO RELY ON KISMET,


uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n,
WHO RELY ON KISMET,


hai un kee zindagee bhee maut jo,
EVEN THEIR LIFE IS DEATH WHO 

himmat ko haare hai.n,
WHO HAVE LOST COURAGE,


uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n….
THOSE WHO RELY ON KISMET....


bhale toofaan Takraaye~~~
THOUGH THE STORM MAY DASH…


bhale toofaan Takraaye,
THOUGH THE STORM MAY DASH

teree qismat kee lehro.n se,
AGAINST THE WAVES OF YOUR FATE,


bhale toofaan Takraaye,
THOUGH THE STORM MAY DASH

teree qismat kee lehro.n se,
AGAINST THE WAVES OF YOUR FATE,


jinhe.n Khud par…
THOSE WHO IN THEMSELVES…


jihne.n Khud par bharosaa hai,
THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES,

voh hardam hee kinaare hai.n,
THEY’RE ALWAYS SAFE,


jihne.n Khud par bharosaa hai,  
THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES,


voh hardam hee kinaare hai.n,
THEY’RE ALWAYS SAFE,


hai un kee zindagee bhee maut jo,
EVEN THEIR LIFE IS BUT DEATH WHO

himmat ko haare hai.n,
WHO HAVE LOST COURAGE,


uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n….
WHO RELY ON KISMET…

jo dekar zindagee jeete,
THOSE WHO LIVE BY OFFERING THEIR LIFE,

unhe.n kyaa maut kaa Dar hai,
THEY’VE NO FEAR OF DEATH,

jo dekar zindagee jeete,
THOSE WHO LIVE BY OFFERING THEIR LIFE,

unhe.n kyaa maut kaa Dar hai,
THEY’VE NO FEAR OF DEATH,

jo bujh kar raushnee…
THOSE WHO BLOW OUT, THE LIGHT…


jo bujh kar raushnee karte,
THOSE WHO BLOW OUT TO EMIT LIGHT

vohee raushan sitaare hai.n
ONLY THEY'RE THE BRIGHT STARS,


jo bujh kar raushnee karte,
THOSE WHO BLOW OUT TO EMIT  LIGHT

vohee raushan sitaare hai.n,
ONLY THEY' RE THE BRIGHT STARS,

hai un kee zindagee bhee maut jo, 
EVEN THEIR LIFE IS BUT DEATH WHO

himmat ko haare hai.n,

HAVE LOST COURAGE,

uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n….
WHO RELY ON KISMET....

nahee.n mushkil hai kuchh duniyaa me.n
NOTHING IS DIFFICULT IN THE WORLD

gar insaan chaahe toh,
IF ONLY THE HUMAN BEINGS MAKE A RESOLVE,

nahee.n mushkil hai kuchh duniyaa me.n 
NOTHING IS DIFFICULT IN THE WORLD,

gar insaan chaahe toh,
IF ONLY THE HUMAN BEINGS MAKE A RESOLVE,

falak choome qadam…
THE SKY KISSES THE FEET…

falak choome qadam aakar, 
THE SKY KISSES THE FEET ON ARRIVING,

voh qudrat ke nazaare hai.n,
SUCH ARE THE SIGHTS OF NATURE,

hai un kee zindagee bhee maut jo, 
EVEN THEIR LIFE IS BUT DEATH WHO

himmat ko haare hai.n,
HAVE LOST COURAGE,

uneh manzil nahee.n miltee,
THEY FAIL TO REACH THE GOAL,

jo qismat ke sahaare hai.n….
WHO RELY ON KISMET.

NASIR

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. ~Jawaharlal Nehru


Sunday, July 25, 2010

646. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Raahee O Rahee,...

Movie: DEVDAS (1955)
Music: S.D. Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Main Movie-Hall where first released in Bombay: Swastik or Naaz.


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Raahee O Raahee..
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi Lyrics:


raahee…
WAYFARER…


O~~ raahee…
O WAYFARER…


(chorus: manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,


manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,)


kahee.n ghanee chhaa.nv hai,
THERE’S A DENSE SHADE SOMEWHERE,


kahee.n ka.dee dhoop hai,
THERE’S SCORCHING SUN SOMEWHERE,


(Chorus: manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,)


yeh bhee ~~ek roop hai,
THIS, TOO, IS A FORM,


voh bhee ek roop hai,
THAT, TOO, IS A FORM,


(Chorus: manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,)


kaee yahaa.n khoye.nge,
MANY WILL LOSE HERE,


kaee yahaa.n paaye.nge,
MANY WILL GAIN HERE,


raahee~~~
WAYFARER…


kaee abhee jaaye.nge,
MANY WILL DEPART NOW,


kaee abhee aaye.nge,
MANY WILL ARRIVE NOW,


o~~~~raahee …
O WAYFARER…


kaee abhee jaaye.nge~~~~~,
MANY WILL DEPART NOW,


kaee abhee aaye.nge,
MANY WILL ARRIVE NOW,


manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,


(Chorus: manzil kee chaah me.n,
IN DESIRE OF THE DESTINATION,


raahee ke waaste,
FOR THE WAYFARER,


sukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE ALSO PATHS OF PLEASURE,


dukh ke bhee raaste,
THERE’RE PATHS OF MISERY TOO,)


Raahee~~~~ o raahee.
WAYFARER, O WAYFARER,


O~~~ raahee…
O WAYFARER.


NASIR.

It is better to travel than arrive – Hazlitt.




Friday, July 23, 2010

645. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan...

Movie: Mr India (1961)
Lyrics: Anjaan
Music: G.S. Kohli
Main Movie-Hall where first released in Mumbai: Roxy Cinema.


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi-Urdu Lyrics:


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan,
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND,


aur mai.n kahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
AND WHERE DO I BELONG,


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG.


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan,
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND


aur mai.n kahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
AND WHERE DO I BELONG,


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG.


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


mai.n cheen me.n hoo.n cheenee,
IN CHINA I’M A CHINESE,


jaapaan me.n jaapaanee,
IN JAPAN - A JAPANESE ,


landan me.n hoo.n angrez,
IN LONDON, AN ENGLISHMAN,


inDia me.n hindustaanee,
IN INDIA, AN INDIAN,


mai.n jis gha.Dee jahaa.n bhee hoo.n,
THE VERY MOMENT WHERE I HAPPEN TO BE,


samjho wahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
PRESUME, THERE I BELONG,


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG,


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


saathee hoo.n mai.n sabhee kaa,
A COMPANION OF ALL,


dushman nahee.n kisee kaa,
AN ENEMY TO NONE,


mere liye baraabar, ho roos yaa amrikaa,
RUSSIA OR AMERICA, TO ME THEY’RE SAME,


auro.n ke liye luT jaaye jo,
THAT WHICH GETS PLUNDERED FOR OTHERS,


us kaarvaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THAT CARAVAN I BELONG.


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG.


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


mai.n pyaar kaa hoo.n jaadoo,
I’M THE LOVE'S MAGIC,


Jo sar pe cha.Dh ke bole,
THAT CHARMS COMPLETELY,


ek phoo.nk se u.Daa doo.n
WITH ONE PUFF I WOULD BLOW AWAY


sau ayTamo.n ke gole,
HUNDREDS OF ATOM BALLS,


qismat jo badal de duniyaa kee,
THAT WHICH WOULD CHANGE THE WORLD’S DESTINY,


us aasmaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THAT SKY I BELONG,


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG.


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan,
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND


aur mai.n kahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
AND WHERE DO I BELONG,


saaraa jahaa.n hai meraa,
THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MINE


mai.n saare jahaa.n kaa hoo.n,
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD I BELONG.


mat poochh meraa hai kaun watan…
ASK NOT WHAT'S MY HOMELAND…


Nasir.


Why, then the world's mine oyster..
- Shakespeare.


644. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Eent ki dukki paan kaa ikka...

Movie: HOWRAH BRIDGE (1958)

Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi
Music: O.P. Nayyar
Main Movie-Hall where first released in Bombay: Novelty Cinema.


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Ee.nt kee dukkee paan kaa ikka..
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi Lyrics:


ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa...
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,

ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa,
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,

kahee.n jokar kahee.n sattaa hai,
THE JOKER HERE, THE SEVEN THERE,

suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai,
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!

ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa,
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,


kahee.n jokar kahee.n sattaa hai,
THE JOKER HERE, THE SEVEN THERE,


suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai....
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


baali-ga.nj kee jheel pe baabuu, aaye.n roop ke daas,
THE SLAVES TO BEAUTY COME AT THE BALLYGUNGE LAKE, SIR,


jheel kinaare ba.Dhtee jaaye, matvaalo.n kee pyaas,
THE BESOTTED ONES’ THIRST INTENSIFIES AT THE LAKE’S EDGE,


naa paakit me.n maal hai baabuu
THERE’S NO MONEY IN THE POCKET, SIR,


naa paakit me.n maal hai baabuu,
THERE’S NO MONEY IN THE POCKET, SIR,


naa kap.Daa, naa lattaa hai
NO CLOTHES NOR CLOTHING EITHER,


suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai ...
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


haTke~~~~
MOVE ASIDE...


ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa,
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,


kahee.n jokar kahee.n sattaa hai,
THE JOKER HERE, THE SEVEN THERE,


suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai....
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


chaura.ngee ke chauk me.n dekho, matvaale ba.ngaalee,
SEE THE JOVIAL BENGALIS AT THE CHOWRINGEE SQUARE!


rasgulle see meeThee baate.n, in kee shaan niraalee,
WITH TALKS SWEETER THAN THE RASGULLAS; UNCOMMON IS THEIR DIGNITY,


kahee.n mukherjee kahee.n benarjee
SOMEWHERE A MUKHERJEE; A BANERJEE SOMEWHERE,


kahee.n mukherjee, kahee.n benarjee,
SOMEWHERE A MUKHERJEE; A BANERJEE SOMEWHERE,


kahee.n ghosh kahee.n dattaa hai
A GHOSH HERE; A DATTA THERE!


suno jee yeh, kal-kattaa hai ...
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


o haTke...
HEY, MOVE ASIDE!


ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa,
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,


kahee.n jokar kahee.n sattaa hai,
THE JOKER HERE, THE SEVEN THERE,


suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai....
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


yeh bastee hai, aag kaa dariyaa, is me.n haava.Daa pul hai,
THIS COLONY IS THE SEA OF FIRE, THAT HAS THE HOWRAH BRIDGE!


apnee jaan bachaa lo baabuu, varnaa Dabbaa gul hai,
SAVE YOUR LIFE SIR, OTHERWISE YOU’RE DONE FOR!


sar par paa.nv rakh kar bhaago
VAMOOSE!


sar par paa.nv rakh kar bhaago, kaTne vaalaa pattaa hai
VAMOOSE! SOMEONE’S ABOUT TO BE SNIPPED!


suno jee yeh, kal-kattaa hai ...
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


hrrrr~~~~


ee.nT kee dukkee paan kaa ikkaa,
THE TWO OF DIAMONDS, THE ACE OF HEARTS,


kahee.n jokar kahee.n sattaa hai,
THE JOKER HERE, THE SEVEN THERE,


suno jee yeh kal-kattaa hai,
HARK, ‘TIS CALCUTTA!


hey ~~ha ha~~(whistlings)


NASIR


From the position of  the imperial capital of British India to the number one city in independent India, Kolkata (then Calcutta) went on sinking lower, thanks to the hartals, agitational politics, mob spirit, mammoth political rallies, the refugee problems and the squalor and disease that began in the Nineteen Fifties. The popular culture and cinema were the only silver linings when the pairing of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen was the brightest light on the horizon. It was in the mid-Sixties that I had visited Calcutta. For me the most striking aspect was the rickshaw pullers (as shown in Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zameen) and I vowed never to sit in the rickshaw since it made an animal out of men.  That vow lasted only for an hour. I was a newcomer who after getting down at the Howrah Station, got a cab and crossed the famous Howrah Bridge and had to get  down at Dharamtalla in Calcutta.  There I was amazed on seeing the public transport bursting at its seam so much so that I imagined the buses would overturn.  My destination was the Free School Street, and daunted at the sight and not finding any alternative,  I had to willy-nilly  beckon  a rickshaw-puller, though with a guilty conscience. From Dharamtalla to Free School Street I paid the fare of Rupees Two.

Personally, I’ve good memories of Calcutta. On my first stepping into the Chowringee Street I was transpsorted for a moment or two to Dhobi Talao of Mumbai, with Metro Cinema in look-alike location. I also liked the Park Circus, the New Market, Rippon Road and Free School Street. These names, I’m sure, must have been changed by now. At Free School Street I managed a shop of Vespa, Lambretta and their spare-parts. I lodged at Rippon Road where a good apartment could be had for the “Salaami” of just One Thousand Rupees. My Bengali friends taught me Lata’s song: Naa Jaiyo naa, which has the same tune as the PARAKH song: O Sajna Barkha bahaar Aaayee… For their entertainment I used to sing Rafi Sahaab’s songs from Junglee, Kashmir ki Kali, Kajal, etc. I also visited India’s first planetarium as well as the museum and the zoo. I enjoyed the tram rides over the green maidan while going to Kali Ghat. The Victoria Memorial looked lovely from all angles. I especially loved the movie-halls there and had opportunity to watch the newly released MAMTA, MERA SAAYA, LOVE IN TOKYO, HUMRAAZ as well as the older movies HORROR OF DRACULA and DIL DEKE DEKHO. I loved the New Market where I used to buy the daily groceries. After three months, I returned to Mumbai (Bombay).  As we all know, Kolkata hasn't got any better. 


Thursday, July 22, 2010

643. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Yeh Bombay shehar kaa badaa naam hai..

Movie: KYA YEH BOMBAY HAI  (1959)

Lyrics: Noor Dewasi
Music: Bipin Dutt


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Yeh bombay shehar ka ba.daa naam hai...
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Hindi Lyrics:




tararam pam tararampam..lalalallaa

tararam pam tararampam hahahaa


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale kaa, har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


andho.n ko soojhe, yahaa.n duur kee,
HERE, FAR-SIGHTED ARE THE BLIND,

aa.nkh waalo.n ko miltaa nahee.n raastaa,
THE WAY, THE SIGHTED ONES ARE UNABLE TO FIND,


suntaa nahee.n koee majboor kee,
NO ONE LISTENS TO ANY HELPLESS,


kisee ko, kisee se, nahee.n vaastaa,
NO ONE HAS THE NEED FOR ANY ONE,


suno bhaiya meraa, yeh paigham hai,
LISTEN MY BROTHER, THIS IS MY MESSAGE,


suno bhaiya meraa, yeh paigham hai
LISTEN MY BROTHER, THIS IS MY MESSAGE,


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


aaloo ko bole, baTaaTaa yahaa.n,
THE POTATOE IS CALLED “BATAATAA” HERE,


namaste ko kehte hai.n TaaTaa yahaa.n,
THE NAMASTE IS CALLED “TATA” HERE,

amrood peru aur anDaa hai baidaa,
THE GUAVA IS “PERU” AND THE EGG IS ‘BAIDAH’


yahaa.n par, huwe hai.n, naye naam paidaa,
NEW NAMES HAVE BEEN GENERATED HERE,


yeh jis ko bulaaye.n, kare.n, sh sh sh..
WHEN BECKONING, THEY UTTER “SHHH, SHHH, SHHH,”


hairat, kaa yaaro.n, har ik kaam hai,
FRIENDS, OF BEWILDERMENT ARE EVERY JOB,


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,

par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


kahee.n raaj bhaiyaa, kahee.n bebee nanda,
BROTHER RAJ (KAPOOR) HERE, BABY NANDA THERE,


saTTe kee maanind, hai filmo.n kaa dha.ndaa,
THE BUSINESS OF MOVIES IS LIKE THE DRAW,


jo lag jaaye nambar, toh bann jaaye ba.ndaa,
YOU’VE GOT YOURSELF MADE IF YOU GET THE NUMBER,


jo nambar, naa aayaa, toh maa.ngoge cha.ndaa,
TO CHARITY YOU’LL RESORT, IF YOU MISS THE NUMBER,


zara bach, ke rehnaa, suno meraa kehnaa,
JUST BE CAREFUL, LISTEN TO WHAT I SAY,
The Bombay Stock Exchange, in Mumbai, is Asia'...
agar meree maano, buraa kaam hai
IF YOU AGREE WITH ME, ‘TIS AN AWFUL JOB!


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


bijlee se chaltee.n yahaa.n gaaDiyaa.n,
TRAINS RUN ON ELECTRICITY HERE,


Traamo.n baso.n kaa, ajab saa hai khel,
OF TRAMS AND BUSES, STRANGE IS THE SPORT,


jo qismat, se in me.n, jagaah mil bhee jaaye,
EVEN IF ONE IS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET THE ROOM THEREIN,


toh dhakke, pe dhakka, nikal jaaye tel,
THEN BY THE PUSHES AND SHOVES YOU’RE MILLED,


(Hnhn…)ba.Dee bhee.D hai, ba.Daa shor hai,
(grins) A HUGE CROWD, LOTS OF RACKET,


magar kaar waalo.n ko aaraam hai
BUT THE CAR-OWNERS ARE COMFORTABLE,


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE  CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh worli kaa naakaa, yeh daadar kaa sarkal,
THIS JUNCTION OF WORLI, THIS CIRCLE OF DADAR,


yahaa.n kaa dikhaaye.n, tumhe.n ek laTkaa,
LET’S SHOW YOU A SCENE HERE,


jawaano.n kee Tolee haseeno.n kee hal-chal,
GROUPS OF YOUTHS, BUSTLING OF COMELY MAIDENS,


nahee.n hai, shareefo.n ko, koee bhee khaTkaa,
GENTLEMEN HAVE NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN,


jo nadaan hai, voh hairaan hai,
HE WHO’S IGNORANT, HE’S PERPLEXED,


jo hushiyaar hai, voh nakaam hai
HE THAT’S INTELLIGENT, HE’S UNSUCCESSFUL,


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


jahaa.n dekhtaa hoo.n, jidhar dekhtaa hoo.n,
ANYWHERE I LOOK, WHEREVER I SEE,


mai.n la.Dkee ko la.Dkaa, banaa dekhtaa hoo.n,
THE GIRL'S DRESSED UP AS A BOY, I SEE,


ay mere bhaggwann yeh kyaa dekhtaa hoo.n,
O MY LORD, WHAT’S THIS THAT I SEE!


Zamaane, kee ulTee, adaa dekhtaa hoo.n,
TOPSY-TURVY ACTION OF THE WORLD, I SEE,


yeh bhaarat kee beTee, haya kho ke baiThee,
THIS DAUGHTER OF INDIA HAS LOST BASHFULNESS,


ab in ko bachaanaa, teraa kaam hai
NOW RESCUING THEM IS YOUR JOB!


Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THE CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


yeh Bombay, shehar kaa, ba.Daa naam hai,
THIS CITY OF MUMBAI HAS GREAT REPUTATION,


par ga.Dba.D, ghoTaale, kaa har kaam hai,
BUT HAS EVERY MUDDLING JOB AND SCAMS!


aa..aa..aa aa.. ho…ho…ho… ho.. ho.. ho .aa .ha…ha…haa..lara lara la lara.. lara… laa.. ri.. raa.. raa…ho.. ho.. ho…


NASIR


Mumbai (previously Bombay), the Commercial Capital of India, was the most cosmopolitan city of India, - it still is to a lesser extent now. Thanks to petty politics, regionalism, greed and corruption it has become a city of contrast. The increasing skyscrapers on one hand, and the swarming hutments and shanty dwellings on the other, have made Mumbai a city of contrast. Greedy land-sharks now offer a crore (10 Millions) of rupees for a single hut in prime locations in their bid to grab more land for constructing huge malls, mansions and huge building complexes. Thus there’s light at the end of tunnel for the poor hutment dwellers who are now purchasing decent apartments in suburbs with straight down-payment but for purchase of which the middle-class are in deep debts to financial institutions for, say, 20 years or more. Love of materialism has not spared even religious institutions that clandestinely sell off lands belonging to their communities. And yes, muddling jobs, scams, smuggling, land-grabbing, adulteration, bootlegging, rampant prostitution, massage parlours, beer-bars and bar-dancers are just a few unholy jobs that go hand in hand with narrow parochialism and the serious crimes of murder, rape, kidnapping and extortion  in the city.
Footpaths have disappeared.  So skywalks are being built.  Traffic snarls and high price of petroleum products don't  make for comfortable car-driving or travelling intra-city notwithstanding the sea-link.   Mumbai has bcome a city of flyovers.  Mono-rails are in the offing.   
The axiom, All is not gold that glitters, truly  applies to the city of  Mumbai which is a soft target for terrororists and their activities.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

642. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Yeh lakhnau ki sar-zamin....

Movie: CHAUDHVIN KA CHAAND (1960)

Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Ravi
Movie-Hall where first released in Bombay: Minerva Cinema.


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Yeh lakhnau kee sar-zameen….
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Urdu Lyrics:


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n ~~~
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n ...
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW...


yeh ra.ngg-roop kaa chaman,
THIS GARDEN OF BEAUTEOUS BLOOM ,


yeh husn-o-ishq kaa vatan,
THIS HOMELAND OF BEAUTY AND LOVE,


yahee toh voh maqaam hai,
‘TIS THIS VERY PLACE


jahaa.n avadh kee shaam hai,
THAT HAS THE EVENING OF OUDH,


javaa.n-javaa.n hasee.n-hasee.n,
YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW...


shabaab-o-sher kaa yeh ghar
THIS HOME TO YOUTHFUL COUPLETS,


yeh ahl-e-ilm kaa nagar,
THIS CITY OF ERUDITE PEOPLE,


hai ma.nzilo.n kee god me.n,
LAPPED IN DESTINATIONS ARE


yahaa.n har ek rah-guzar,
EVERY ROUTE HERE,


yeh shahar laalaazaar hai,
THIS CITY IS A GARDEN OF TULIPS,


yahaa.n dilo.n me.n pyaar hai,
HERE THE HEARTS ARE FULL OF LOVE,


jidhar nazar uThaaiye,
WHEREVER YOU GLANCE


bahaar hee bahaar hai,
THERE’S SPRING AND ONLY SPRING,


kalee-kalee hai naaznee.n,
EVERY BUD IS EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n ...
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW...


yahaa.n kee sab ravaayate.n
ALL THE HISTORIES OF THIS PLACE


adab kee shaahakaar hai.n,
ARE THE CREATIONS OF ELEGANCE OF MANNERS,


ameer ahl-e-dil yahaa.n,
HERE, THE RICH ARE GENEROUS HEARTED,


ghareeb jaa.n-nisaar hai.n,
THE POOR ARE READY TO SACRIFICE LIFE,


har ek shaaKh par yahaa.n,
ON EVERY BRANCH HERE


hai.n bul-bulo.n kee chah-chahe.n,
THE SONG-BIRDS SING,


galee-galee me.n zi.ndagee
LIFE IN EVERY LANE,


qadam-qadam pe qah-qahe.n,
AT EVERY STEP, LAUGHTER,


har ik nazaaraa hai dil-nashee.n,
EVERY SIGHT GETS INGRAINED IN THE HEART,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW...


yahaa.n ke dost baa-wafaa,
FAITHFUL ARE THE FRIENDS HERE,


mohabbato.n se aashnaa,
DEVOTED TO LOVE AND AFFECTION,


kisee ke ho gaye agar,
IF THEY BEFRIEND SOMEONE,


rahe usee ke umr bhar,
THUS THEY REMAIN LIFELONG!


nibhaayee apnee aan bhee,
FULFILLING ONE’S PROMISE,


ba.Dhaayee dil kee shaan bhee,
ELEVATING THE EMINENCE OF THE HEART TOO,


hai.n aise meharbaan bhee,
THERE ARE SUCH BENEVOLENT PEOPLE TOO,


kaho toh de de jaan bhee,
IF YOU SAY, THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR LIFE TOO,


jo dostee ka ho yaqee.n,
IF THE FRIENDSHIP IS TRUSTED,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,


yeh lakhnau kee sar-zamee.n,
THIS REGION OF LUCKNOW,

NASIR

The pomp and splendour of Lucknow was effaced when Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was deposed by the British in 1854.  He burst out: Babul mora naihar chhoTo jaaye (later immortalized by K.L. Saigal).    With that came an end of the magnificent era of  music, dance, poetry, literature and what not!  Today, the refinement  of "Pehle Aap" has all but disappeared.  The rich Lucknowi culture is on the verge of extinction.  The grandiloquence, the generosity  and the old 'jaan-nisaar' spirit is now more a matter of nostalgia.  As elsewhere, corruption has taken the roots.  The havelis that once dotted the city have given way to modern apartments.  Lifeless statues of  elephant and  living political figures, costing the exchequer billions of rupees,  occupy many acres of land to symbolise political power and clout.   I'm reminded of the disfigured Ozymandias in Shelley's poem which says: "Look on my work ye mighty and despair".  Isn't that the lot of even the mighty mortals?  The silver lining remains in the form of excellent cuisine, 'chikankaari',  the remaining courtesans, ghazals and Thumris.   

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

641. Philosophical Song of Rafi: Zamee.n bhee wohee hai...

Movie: CHANDNI CHOWK (1954)
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri and Saifuddin Saif
Music: Roshan


(In Delhi of early Nineteen Twenties, the old order were still singing about the past glory of Delhi).


Philosophical/Didactic Song of Rafi: Zamee.n bhee wohee hai...
Roman Transliteration/English Translation of the original Urdu Lyrics:


zamee.n bhee wohee hai, wohee aasmaa.n,
LAND TOO IS THE SAME; SAME IS THE SKY,


magar ab voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
BUT NOW WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


zamee.n bhee wohee hai, wohee aasmaa.n,
LAND TOO IS THE SAME; SAME IS THE SKY,


magar ab voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
BUT NOW WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


yahaa.n par Thikaanaa kisee kaa nahee.n,
NO ONE HAS ANY RELIABILITY HERE,


yeh zaalim zamaanaa kisee kaa nahee.n,
THIS OPPRESSIVE WORLD IS NO ONE'S,


yahaa.n luT gaye, kitne hee kaarvaa.n,
SO MANY A CARAVAN GOT LOOTED HERE,


Kahaa.n hai.n, voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
WHERE O WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


voh ulfat nigaaho.n me.n baaqee nahee.n,
NO LONGER LOVE LINGERS IN THE EYES,


voh mehfil nahee.n hai, voh saaqee nahee.n,
NO MORE IS THAT KIND OF GATHERING; NO MORE IS THAT SAKI,


huwee ba.nd insaaniyat ki dukaa.n,
THE SHOP OF HUMANITY HAS SINCE CLOSED,


ilaahee voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
GOD! WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


gayaa mausam-e-gul, bahaaro.n ke saath,
THE SEASON OF ROSES HAS GONE WITH THE SPRINGTIME,


voh duniyaa gayee taaj-daaro.n ke saath,
THAT WORLD HAS DEPARTED WITH THE CROWNED HEADS,


zamaanaa gayaa, reh gayee daastaa.n,
THE EPOCH HAS PASSED ITS BYE; TALES HAVE ENDURED,


voh dilli, voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
THAT DELHI! WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


voh dilli, voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n,
THAT DELHI! WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


voh dilli, voh dilli kee galiyaa.n kahaa.n.
THAT DELHI! WHERE ARE THOSE LANES OF DELHI!


NASIR.


And today, Delhi has become the crime capital of India under the very noses of the ministers, bureaucrats, the Supreme Court and the police.  Kidnappings, Rapes, Murders,  Adulteration, make for the common news headlines.