aks-e shaam-shiv dayal sahaab

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عکسِ شام ۔ شِو دیال سحاب

۱

شام آئے نہ کچھ خبر آئی

آج رادھا کی آنکھ بھر آئی

۲

نا صبُوری میں رات کٹنے پر

آئی تو دُکھ بھری سحر آئی

۳

مار ڈالا سہانی یادوں نے

حسرتِ دید اور اُبھر آئی

۴

چھا گئی تیرگی نگاہوں میں

کلبۂ دِل میں یاس در آئی

۵

ضبط کا بند ٹوٹ پھوٹ گیا

باڑھ غم کی عروج پر آئی

۶

آسرا مِل گیا تصوّر کو

کوئی صورت نہ جب نظر آئی

۷

شام ہی شام تھا تصوّر میں

محویت پھر سے عَود کر آئی

۸

بانسری گونج اُٹھی خیالوں میں

اِس طرح شام کی خبر آئی

۹

مُسکُراتی سی شام کی تصویر

پردۂ ذہن پر اُتر آئی

अक्स-ए शाम – शिव दयाल सहाब

शाम आए ना कुछ ख़बर आई

आज राधा की आंख भर आई

ना-सुबूरी में रात कट्ने पर

आई तो दुख भरी सहर आई

मार डाला सुहानी यादों ने

हस्रत-ए दीद और उभर आई

छा गई तीरगी निगाहौं में

कल्बा-ए दिल में यास दर आई

ज़ब्त का बंद टूट फूट गया

बाढ़ ग़म की उरूज पर आई

आस्रा मिल गया तसव्वुर को

कोई सूरत ना जब नज़र आई

शाम ही शाम था तसव्वुर में

महवियत फिर से औद कर आई

बांसुरि गूँज उठी ख़यालौं में

इस तरह शाम की ख़बर आई

मुस्कुराती सी शाम की तस्वीर

परदा-ए ज़हन पर उतर आई

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. shiv dayal sahaab – I cannot date him exactly, but “ishrat-e Gham”, his first divan, was published in 1971. He was a shaagird of panDit mela ram vafa (1895-1980). Introductions/testimonials written in this book recall sahaab’s 25 years of service to urdu, which places him as a young poet in the mid 1940s. He was editor of ‘milaap’ in chandigaRh. As his own introduction, he writes that he did not receive ‘shaa’eri’ as his ‘viraasat’ but was happy that it became a ‘viraasat’ that he is leaving for his progeny. His son, ashok narula, published his divan even before his father. This is one of a series of posts which shows that people of different religious persuasions and different linguistic backgrounds chose to express their devotional thoughts in urdu verse. This nazm is about radha forlorn and missing krishn.
1
shaam1 aaye na kuchh Khabar aayi
aaj radha ki aaNkh bhar aayi   
1.shyaam, another name for krishn
Neither did krishn came nor did he send any word. radha is sorrowful and in tears.

2
na-suboori1 meN raat kaTne par
aayi to dukh bhari sahr2 aayi   
1.restlessness, impatience 2.dawn
A forlorn dawn arrived after a restless night.

3
maar Daala suhaani yaadoN ne
hasrat1-e deed2 aur ubhar aayi   
1.longing, desire 2.sight, glimpse
Sweet memories kill. The longing to see becomes more acute.

4
chhaa gayi teeragi1 nigaahoN meN
kalba2-e dil meN yaas3 dar4 aayi   
1.darkness 2.dark chamber 3.longing 4.intrude, invade
Darkness spread over her eyes. Longing invaded the dark chamber of her sorrowful heart.

5
zabt1 ka band2 TooT phooT gaya
baaRh Gham ki urooj3 par aayi   
1.forbearance, patience 2.dam 3.crest, climax
The dam over the river of patience breached. A flood of sorrow came to a crest.

6
aasra1 mil gaya tasavvur2 ko
koi soorat na jab nazar aayi   
1.encouragement 2.imagination
Here imagination is personified. When she could not see his face, then Imagination was encouraged … because then she is forced to imagine.

7
shaam hi shaam tha tasavvur1 meN
mahviyat2 phir se aud3 kar aayi   
1.imagination 2.(sorrowful) obsession 3.return
Her imagination is dominated by thoughts of krishn. Her obsession of him returns.

8
baaNsuri goonj uThi KhayaloN meN
is tarh shaam ki Khabar aayi   
The flute echoed in her thoughts. That is how she got word of krishn.

9
muskuraati si shaam ki tasveer
parda1-e zahan2 par utar aayi   
1.screen 2.mind, imagination, memories
A smiling picture of krishn descended on the screen of her memories.

shiv dayal sahaab – I cannot date him exactly, but “ishrat-e Gham”, his first divan, was published in 1971.  He was a shaagird of panDit mela ram vafa (1895-1980).  Introductions/testimonials written in this book recall sahaab’s 25 years of service to urdu, which places him as a young poet in the mid 1940s.  He was editor of ‘milaap’ in chandigaRh.  As his own introduction, he writes that he did not receive ‘shaa’eri’ as his ‘viraasat’ but was happy that it became a ‘viraasat’ that he is leaving for his progeny.  His son, ashok narula, published his divan even before his father.  This is one of a series of posts which shows that people of different religious persuasions and different linguistic backgrounds chose to express their devotional thoughts in urdu verse.  This nazm is about radha forlorn and missing krishn.
1
shaam1 aaye na kuchh Khabar aayi
aaj radha ki aaNkh bhar aayi

1.shyaam, another name for krishn

Neither did krishn came nor did he send any word.  radha is sorrowful and in tears.
2
na-suboori1 meN raat kaTne par
aayi to dukh bhari sahr2 aayi

1.restlessness, impatience 2.dawn

A forlorn dawn arrived after a restless night.
3
maar Daala suhaani yaadoN ne
hasrat1-e deed2 aur ubhar aayi

1.longing, desire 2.sight, glimpse

Sweet memories kill.  The longing to see becomes more acute.
4
chhaa gayi teeragi1 nigaahoN meN
kalba2-e dil meN yaas3 dar4 aayi

1.darkness 2.dark chamber 3.longing 4.intrude, invade

Darkness spread over her eyes.  Longing invaded the dark chamber of her sorrowful heart.
5
zabt1 ka band2 TooT phooT gaya
baaRh Gham ki urooj3 par aayi

1.forbearance, patience 2.dam 3.crest, climax

The dam over the river of patience breached.  A flood of sorrow came to a crest.
6
aasra1 mil gaya tasavvur2 ko
koi soorat na jab nazar aayi

1.encouragement 2.imagination

Here imagination is personified.  When she could not see his face, then Imagination was encouraged … because then she is forced to imagine.
7
shaam hi shaam tha tasavvur1 meN
mahviyat2 phir se aud3 kar aayi

1.imagination 2.(sorrowful) obsession 3.return

Her imagination is dominated by thoughts of krishn.  Her obsession of him returns.
8
baaNsuri goonj uThi KhayaloN meN
is tarh shaam ki Khabar aayi

The flute echoed in her thoughts.  That is how she got word of krishn.
9
muskuraati si shaam ki tasveer
parda1-e zahan2 par utar aayi

1.screen 2.mind, imagination, memories

A smiling picture of krishn descended on the screen of her memories.

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