Album : Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)
Song : Na To Karavan Ki Talash Hai
Lyrics : Sahir Ludhianvi
Music : Roshan Lal
Singers : Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle, Sudha Malhotra, Shiv Dayal Batish
Form : Qawwali, Hindi Film
For this first post from Hindi films, I hesitated but a few minutes before choosing this song. There are innumerable pieces of Hindi film music which have become part of my musical world. However, with my deep love of Qawwalis, the absolute mastery over music by Mohammed Rafi and Manna Dey, Roshan’s musical genius and the beautiful poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi’s words, this song belongs to the very pinnacle of Hindi Film music. Just see what the poet says :
woh hanske agar mange toh ham jan bhi de de,
ha yeh jan toh kya chiz hai, iman bhi de de, kyonki
How much more easy to give up ‘jaan’ than ‘iman’ ! One a coward’s way out and the other, the most difficult of things…
nazo andaz se kehte hain ki jina hoga
zeher bhi dete hain toh kehte hain ki pina hoga
jab mai pita hu toh kehte hai ki marta bhi nahi
jab mai marta hu toh kehte hain ki jina hoga
How beautifully put ! Hindi/Urdu is certainly the language of poets, don’t you think?
People seem to often come to my site looking for lyrics. As there are other sources on the net which provide exactly that, I shall just redirect you to one of those sites. For the lyrics to this song, look here.
For ten minutes of beautiful music experience, watch the clip below.