mere geet-sahir

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میرے گیت   –  ساحر لدھیانوی

 

میرے سرکش ترانے سُن کر دنیا  یہ سمجھتی ہے

کہ شاید میرے دل کو عشق کے نغموں سے نفرت ہے

مجھے ہنگامہ جنگ و جدل میں کیف ملتا ہے

مری فطرت کو خونریزی کے افسانوں سے رغبت ہے

مری دنیا میں وقعت نہیں ہے رقص و نغمہ کی

مرامحبوب نغمہ شور آہنگ بغاوت ہے

 

مگر  اے کاش دیکھیں وہ میری پرسوز راتوں کو

میں جب تاروں پہ نظریں گاڑ کر آنسو بہاتا ہوں

تصوّر بن کے بھوُلی وارداتیں یاد آتیں  ہیں

تو سوز و درد کی شدّت سے پہروں تلملاتا ہوں

کوئی خوابوں میں خوابیدہ اُمنگوں کو جگاتی ہے

تو اپنی زندگی کو موت کے پہلو میں پاتا  ہوں

 

میں شاعر ہوں مجھے فطرت کے نظّاروں  سے اُلفت ہے

مرا دِل دُشمن نغمہ سرائی ہو نہیں سکتا

مجھے اِنسانیت کا درد بھی بخشا ہے قدرت نے

مرا مقصد فقط شعلہ نوائی ہو نہیں سکتا

جواں ہوں میں جوانی لغزشوں کاایک طوفان  ہے

مری باتوں میں رنگِ پارسائی ہو نہیں سکتا

 

مرے سرکش ترانوں کی حقیقت ہے تو اتنی ہے

کہ جب میں دیکھتا ہوں بھوک کے مارے کسانوں کو

غریبوں مفلسوں کو بے کسوں کو بے سہاروں کو

سسکتی نازنینوں کو تڑپتے نوجوانوں  کو

حکومت کے تشدّد کو امامت کے تکبّر کو

کسی کے چیتھڑوں کو اور شہنشاہی خزانوں  کو

تو دل تاب نشاطِ بزم عشرت لا نہیں سکتا

میں چاہوں بھی تو خواب آور ترانے گانہیں سکتا

मेरे गीत – साहिर लुधियानवी

 

मेरे सरकश तराने सुन के दुनिया ये समझती है

के शाएद मेरे दिल को इश्क़ के नग़मौं से निफ़रत है

मुझे हंगामा-ए-जंग-ओ-जदल में कैफ़ मिलता है

मेरी फ़ितरत को ख़ूंरेज़ी के अफ़सानौं से रग़बत है

मेरी दुनिया में कुच्छ वक़’अत नहीं है रक़्स-ओ-नग़मे की

मेरा महबूब नग़्मा शोर-ए-आहंग-ए-बग़ावत है

 

मगर अए काश देखें वो मेरी पुरसोज़ रातौं को

मैं जब तारौं पे नज़रें गाड़ कर आंसू बहाता हूँ

तसव्वुर बन के भूली वारेदातें याद आतीं हैं

तो सोज़-ओ-दर्द की शिद्दत से पहरौं तिलमिलाता हूँ

कोई ख़्वाबों में ख़्वाबीदा उमंगौं को जगाती है

तो अपनी ज़िंदगी को मौत के पहलू में पाता हूँ

 

मैं शाएर हूँ मुझे फ़ितरत के नज़्ज़ारौं से उल्फ़त है

मेरा दिल दुश्मन-ए-नग़मा सराई हो नहीं सकता

मुझे इंसानियत का दर्द भी बख़्शा है क़ुदरत ने

मेरा मक़्सद फ़क़त शोला नवाई हो नहीं सकता

जवां हूँ मैं, जवानी लग़्ज़िशौं का एक तूफ़ां है

मेरी बातौं में रंग-ए-पारसाई हो नहीं सकता

 

मेरे सरकश तरानौं की हक़ीक़त है तो इतनी है

के जब मैं देखता हूँ भूक के मारे किसानौं को

ग़रिबौन मुफ़लिसौं को बेकसौं को बेसहारौं को

सिसकती नाज़नीनौं को तड़पते नौजवानौं को

हुकूमत के तषद्दुद को, इमामत के तकब्बूर को

किसी की चीथड़ों  को और शहंशाही ख़ज़ानौं को

तो दिल ताब-ए-निशात-ए-बज़्म-ए-इश्रत ला नहीं सकता

मैं चाहूँ भी तो ख़्वाब आवर तराने गा नहीं सकता

 

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mere sarkash1 taraane sun kar duniya ye samajhti hai
ke shaa’ed2 mere dil ko ishq ke naGhmauN se nifrat3 hai
mujhe hangama-e-jung-o-jadal4 meN kaif5 milta hai
meri fitrat6 ko KhooNrezi7 ke afsaanauN8 se raGhbat9 hai
meri duniya meN kuchh vaq’at10 nahiN hai raqs-o-naGhme11 ki
mera mahboob12 maGhma shor-e-aahaNg-e-baGhaawat13 hai 
1.rebellious 2.perhaps 3.hatred 4.sound of war and conflict 5.comfort 6.nature 7.bloodshed 8.stories 9.liking 10.value, respect 11.dance and song 12.favourite 13.sound of the melody of rebellion
Listening to my rebellious songs, the world assumes that perhaps I hate songs of love, that I find comfort in the sound of war and conflict, that by nature I am inclined towards stories of bloodshed, that in my world there is no respect for song and dance, that my favourite song is the melody of the cry of rebellion.

magar aye kaash1 dekheN vo meri pursoz2 raatauN ko
maiN jab taarauN pe nazreN gaaR kar aaNsu bahaata huN
tasavvur3 ban ke bhooli varedaateN4 yaad aatiN haiN
to soz-o-dard5 ki shiddat6 se pahrauN7 tilmilaata8 huN
koi KhwaabauN meN Khwaabeeda9 umaNgauN10 ko jagaati hai
to apni zindagi ko maut ke pahlu11 meN paata huN
1.(I) wish that 2.sadness filled 3.imagination, memories 4.experiences, episodes 5.sadness and pain 6.excess 7.for hours 8.writhe in pain, tormented 9.sleepy, forgotten 10.hopes, longing 11.by the side of, next to, near
But I wish they could see my anguished evenings when staring at the stars, I shed tears. Long forgotten memories rise in my mind and torment me for hours with intensity of sorrow and pain. When my beloved awakens sleeping hopes it feels as if life is about to come to an end.

maiN shaa’er huN mujhe fitrat1 ke nazzaarauN2 se ulfat3 hai
mera dil dushman-e-naGhma-saraai4 ho nahiN sakta
mujhe insaaniyat5 ka dard6 bhi baKhsha7 hai qudrat8 ne
mera maqsad8 faqat9 sho’la navaaii10 ho nahiN sakta
javaaN huN maiN, javaani laGhzishauN11 ka ek toofaaN hai
meri baatauN meN raNg-e-paarsaaii12 ho nahiN sakta
1.nature 2.scenes, sights, beauty 3.love 4.enemy of song writing/singing 5.human-ness 6.pain, love, feelings 7.granted 8.nature, divine power, god 8.purpose 9.only 10.sound of flames, song of revolution 11.stumbling, making mistakes 12.colour/style of self-righteousness
I am a poet and I love the beauty of nature. I cannot hate songs of love. Nature has granted feelings and passions of human-ness. My goal cannot only be songs of revolution. I am young and youth is a storm of passionate trials. My words cannot have a sheen of self-righteousness.

mere sarkash taraanauN1 ki haqeeqat2 hai to itni hai
ke jab maiN dekhta huN bhook ke maare kisaanauN ko
GharibauN, muflisauN3 ko bekasauN4 ko besahaarauN5 ko
sisakti6 nazneenauN7 ko taRapte naujavaanauN ko
hukoomat ke tashaddud8 ko, imaamat9 ke takabbur10 ko
kisi ki cheethRauN11 ko aur shahanshaahi KhazaanauN ko
to dil taab-e-nishaat-e-bazm-e-ishrat12 laa nahiN sakta
maiN chaahuN bhi to Khwaab-aavar13 taraane gaa nahiN sakta  
1.rebellious songs 2.truth, essence 3.paupers 4.helpless 5.without support 6.sobbing 7.damsels 8.oppression 9.leadership (religious) 10.hubris, false pride 11.rags 12.burden of comfort of assembly of pleasure 13.dream inducing, romantic
If there is a reason for my rebellious songs, it is that whenever I see starving peasants, the poor, the deprived, the helpless and the forgotten, aggrieved maidens and distressed young men, rags on one side and royal treasures on the other, then my heart cannot bear the burden of pleasure and comfort. Even if I try, I cannot sing romantic songs.

mere sarkash1 taraane sun kar duniya ye samajhti hai
ke shaa’ed2 mere dil ko ishq ke naGhmauN se nifrat3 hai
mujhe hangama-e-jung-o-jadal4 meN kaif5 milta hai
meri fitrat6 ko KhooNrezi7 ke afsaanauN8 se raGhbat9 hai
meri duniya meN kuchh vaq’at10 nahiN hai raqs-o-naGhme11 ki
mera mahboob12 maGhma shor-e-aahaNg-e-baGhaawat13 hai

1.rebellious 2.perhaps 3.hatred 4.sound of war and conflict 5.comfort 6.nature 7.bloodshed 8.stories 9.liking 10.value, respect 11.dance and song 12.favourite 13.sound of the melody of rebellion

Listening to my rebellious songs, the world assumes that perhaps I hate songs of love, that I find comfort in the sound of war and conflict, that by nature I am inclined towards stories of bloodshed, that in my world there is no respect for song and dance, that my favourite song is the melody of the cry of rebellion.

magar aye kaash1 dekheN vo meri pursoz2 raatauN ko
maiN jab taarauN pe nazreN gaaR kar aaNsu bahaata huN
tasavvur3 ban ke bhooli varedaateN4 yaad aatiN haiN
to soz-o-dard5 ki shiddat6 se pahrauN7 tilmilaata8 huN
koi KhwaabauN meN Khwaabeeda9 umaNgauN10 ko jagaati hai
to apni zindagi ko maut ke pahlu11 meN paata huN

1.(I) wish that 2.sadness filled 3.imagination, memories 4.experiences, episodes 5.sadness and pain 6.excess 7.for hours 8.writhe in pain, tormented 9.sleepy, forgotten 10.hopes, longing 11.by the side of, next to, near

But I wish they could see my anguished evenings when staring at the stars, I shed tears. Long forgotten memories rise in my mind and torment me for hours with intensity of sorrow and pain.  When my beloved awakens sleeping hopes it feels as if life is about to come to an end.

maiN shaa’er huN mujhe fitrat1 ke nazzaarauN2 se ulfat3 hai
mera dil dushman-e-naGhma-saraai4 ho nahiN sakta
mujhe insaaniyat5 ka dard6 bhi baKhsha7 hai qudrat8 ne
mera maqsad8 faqat9 sho’la navaaii10 ho nahiN sakta
javaaN huN maiN, javaani laGhzishauN11 ka ek toofaaN hai
meri baatauN meN raNg-e-paarsaaii12 ho nahiN sakta

1.nature 2.scenes, sights, beauty 3.love 4.enemy of song writing/singing 5.human-ness 6.pain, love, feelings  7.granted 8.nature, divine power, god 8.purpose 9.only 10.sound of flames, song of revolution 11.stumbling, making mistakes 12.colour/style of self-righteousness

I am a poet and I love the beauty of nature.  I cannot hate songs of love.  Nature has granted feelings and passions of human-ness.  My goal cannot only be songs of revolution.  I am young and youth is a storm of passionate trials.  My words cannot have a sheen of self-righteousness.

mere sarkash taraanauN1 ki haqeeqat2 hai to itni hai
ke jab maiN dekhta huN bhook ke maare kisaanauN ko
GharibauN, muflisauN3 ko bekasauN4 ko besahaarauN5 ko
sisakti6 nazneenauN7 ko taRapte naujavaanauN ko
hukoomat ke tashaddud8 ko, imaamat9 ke takabbur10 ko
kisi ki cheethRauN11 ko aur shahanshaahi KhazaanauN ko
to dil taab-e-nishaat-e-bazm-e-ishrat12 laa nahiN sakta
maiN chaahuN bhi to Khwaab-aavar13 taraane gaa nahiN sakta

1.rebellious songs 2.truth, essence 3.paupers 4.helpless 5.without support 6.sobbing 7.damsels 8.oppression 9.leadership (religious) 10.hubris, false pride 11.rags 12.burden of comfort of assembly of pleasure 13.dream inducing, romantic

If there is a reason for my rebellious songs, it is that whenever I see starving peasants, the poor, the deprived, the helpless and the forgotten, aggrieved maidens and distressed young men, rags on one side and royal treasures on the other, then my heart cannot bear the burden of pleasure and comfort.  Even if I try, I cannot sing romantic songs.

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