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Friday, September 23, 2011

Zihaal-e-miskin makun-baranjish

This  is 75th  post on Musical Blood People. Platinum Jubilee post.
So it must be special. I have  worked for almost two hours for this post, while listening this song in loop.

Some songs are loved by specific people and rejected by others but rare are the songs which show real mass appeal. Undoubtedly the song from movie Gulami-zihaal-e-miskeen mukon ba-ranjish bahaal-e-hijra bechara dil hai” comes under this category.

 I think this kind of music is never made by anybody but point of time that converges different artists into this kind of creativity. Each and every person involved in this song  deserves appreciation, starting from Gulzar for fine lyrics, LP for  creating music of mass appeal, Lata for giving folk and classic touch, even I cannot imagine that  anybody can replace Sabbir Kumar. I even like its picturization; I like the rustic village Rajasthanilooks of both Mithun and Anita raj, the locations director J P Dutta had chosen. Even I like the bus and its motion in the kacha road in the movie.
See, how love survives even in crowd, it happens only in INDIA.

This song is loved by many, but unfortunately not understood well. As Gulzar sahib used too much symbolicals in the lyrics and people mostly get lost in the literal meaning of the song.
I will try to show the real meaning beyond the words, hopefully you people would enjoy it more.

Zihaal-e-miskin makun-baranjish,
bahaal-e-hijra bechaaraa dil hai

The opening stanza has been taken from an old poetry by
 Amir Khusrau
Which was a poem having  Persian couplet followed by Brajbhasha couplets.
Here Gulzar modified it slightly by adding Urdu words. Rest of the song in Hindi Urdu mix is entirely a creation of Gulzar.
Here it is important to note that the entire song is not a single event. But each stanza describes emotions different in time, location and situation.  Only thing that relates all things (time, location and situation) is HEART OF THE LOVER filled with Pain.
Zihaal-e-miskin makun-baranjish,
bahaal-e-hijra bechaaraa dil hai
I am already in a miserable condition, suffering intense Pain (like a fresh wound) of separation from my beloved.
Oh man!  do not look me with hostility.
(Here, painful lover is urging to the people around who see him with hate)
sunaai deti hai jisaki dharkan
tumhaaraa dil ya hamaaraa dil hai
I wonder, this heart beat which I am listening is mine or yours?
(Here, lover is talking to self and saying, I feel you so close that I am unable to distinguish my heart from yours)

woh aake pehlu  mein aisey baithey
ke shaam rangeen ho gayi hai
zara zara si khili tabiyat
zara si gamgeen ho gayi hai
He came and sat so lovingly besides me
that the evening has become lively.
It’s a strange feeling that is making me little bit  joyful and sorrowful simultaneously.

ajeeb hai dil ke dard yaaron
na ho to mushkil hai jeena iska
jo ho to har dard ek heeraa
har ek gam hai nageena iska

O friend! The desires of the heart are strange (as it seeks pain)
It does not feel its existence without pain,
And on getting Pain, heart preserves them as precious gems.
 (Here, lover feels, heart without pain is like treasure chamber without gems)
kabhi kabhi shaam aisi dhalti hai
ke jaise ghunghat utar rahi hai
tumhaare seene se uthta dhuaan
hamare dil se guzar raha hai
Sometimes the evening sets
As if it is going to offer something charming.
(Symbolical- as if some beautiful girl is putting her veil slowly and revealing beauty)
And  your strong desire for me is reaching to my heart very intensely.

ye sharm hai ya haya hai kya hai?
nazar uthate hi jhuk gayi hai
tumhari palkon se girke shabnam
hamari aankhon mein ruk gayi hai

Here, lover asking to her lovely lady
What is this? You just stared at me and closed your eyes.
She answers
It’s because I can’t behold your sharp gaze for a long but I have just captured your gaze in my closed eyes.

Persian & Urdu words meaning
zihaal = notice
miskeen = poor
mukon = do not
ba-ranjish = with ill will, with enimity
bahaal = condition
hijra = separation

AnMoL VaChaN- ponder on - Ajib hain iss dil ke dard yaaro.

Monday, September 19, 2011

FANS- without electricity.

Sharp peaks fall sharply, this is true for fame. If someone gets fame slowly it endures longer but sudden high fame goes sudden without trace. Sudden fame is like riding a lift; you have only two places to rest your peak destination and  the ground floor. But if you go slowly by stairs you can rest in between going up or down the stairs.
Public memory is poor; they forget their HERO as soon as the media stops reminding them about the hero.
Himesh Reshamia was most talked music director five years back. He got so much public attention that he even became actor and did a hit movie.  Now if you ask people to name ten music directors in bollywood I do not think people would list him.
He gave own kind of music- a different flavor.
The fans about whom a HERO feels proud are mostly fans without electricity. They are fans which blow by the wind (wind of fame) and when wind blows in some other’s side; they change the direction too.
These fans made Britney Spear to take a council of re-habilitation centre.
But real die-hard fans are few; they are like fans with electricity always blowing for their HERO.  
 Now come to the point - i mean song for today.

.dil ne ye na jaana....  from movie RED sung by Himesh himself and melodious Sufi Singer Harshdeep kaur.
This song ; if not one of his best  atleast can be sorted out as odd and brilliant piece of music.
The music goes as if the fallen dry leaf moves on slow moving brook.

Listen this song in quiet moments, forget the words just heed to music., so light and so rhythmic. Hats off u! Himesh.
teri ummid, teri baatein
woh lamha lamha katati tere naam se raatein

dard se yuun mulaakaat hogi - 2
dil ne ye na jaana
nazdikiyon mein duriyon ki baat hogi
dil ne ye na jaana, (na jaana - 8)

teri yaadon ke ghane saayein
ye kaise manjar par mujhko hain lekar aayein
iss tarah ashq ki barsaat hogi
dil ne ye na jaana, (na jaana - 8)

teri ummid, teri baatein
woh lamha lamha katati tere naam se raatein
iss tarah bechaingi mere saath hogi
dil ne ye na jaana, (na jaana - 8)
dard se yuun mulaakaat hogi - 2
dil ne ye na jaana, (na jaana - 8)
na jaana - 4

AnMol Vachan: don not get the impression that I am Himesh FAN, no! no!. I appreciate many singers but fan of none. I am diehard fan of one and only BRUCE LEE. Jackie Chan, Jet Lee and Fat may jump higher, kick better, move faster but NO one can be like Bruce Lee of the “Enter the DRAGON”.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


 Especially blessed are those who have love in thier  hearts. Love has one  peculiar element- longing.
 when one has love in heart and there is none to share one longes for the partner.
This song - koi nahi hai phir bhi hai mujhko kya jane kis ka intezar-  by lata
tells the situation of the young gal filled with love in heart, longing for a partner.
Simple Laxmi Pyaremusic, majrooh’ s poetic simplicity.
 Enjoy it with sweet Lata ,magical himalayas red Apples
 of courselast but not least  wahedaa with Adaa.

Koi nahi hain fir bhi hain mujhko, kya jane kis  ka intezar

Ye bhi na janoo, laharake anchal kis ko bulaye bar bar

Sochoon  ye hai ungaliyan kis ke pyar ki
Galon ko chhuye jo daali bahar ki
Kaun hain aye hawa, aye bahaar

Pani mein chhabi main dekhoon khadi khadi
Baalon mein saja ke kaliyan badi badi
Fir banoo ap hi bekarar 

Wadi mein nishan mere hi panw ke
Foolon pe hain rang meri hi chhanw ke
Fir bhi kyon aye na ayetabar

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Musicology- Shadow Bollywood.

Unlike any other country; what we call Indian music is dominated by film industry be it north India or south India.  The most popular singers are playback singers. I wish someday Indian music would come out of the shadow of the bollywood, tollywood etc.
Why I wish so?
Because, the film industry uses music just to spice up the story. It has fixed formats of emotions. The lyricist writes on demand of the story.  We can guess the kind of the songs in a movie with rare exceptions.  Love song, sad song, happy song, marriage song, party song etc.  Film industry rarely uses other than popular genre. It uses some folk songs distorted in bollywood istyle.  If we could really see the diverse cultures and diverse singing styles of India, it’s a sad situation that many singing styles have died and continuously dyeing because of lack of patronage.
I do not know why, we people do not accept independent singers as we lovingly embrace the filmy songs. Perhaps we are obsessed with the film stars and we give more credit to the actors than the actual singers. All this is causing lack of songs related to our day to day life, no social singing, not a song related to social issues.
We have no songs related to -corruption, honor killings, female foeticide, price rise, women issues, environment issues,children issues, against riots, against terrorism etc.
Where are genres like jazz, reggae, rap, hip- hop etc. with independent prominent artists?
 We have classical music, bhangra songs in Punjabi, Ghazals, bhajans and bolly wood music. But music sales tell the story; we have only two genres that take more than 95%.
Filmy music (~ 70%) and bhajans(~25%). Rests of the genres come under 5%.
 Two artists prominently survived out of the shadow of the bollywood are Jagjit Singh with his Ghazals and Daler Mehndi with his Dhol beats. Sonu Nigam tried well but gained not much.

Indian music listeners! Please wake up.

So the music industry could.

AnMoL  VaChAn :   Mora sainya tou khoob hi kamaat hai , MAHANGAI  DAYAN khaye jaat hai.
The song on the issue of mahangai (Price rise) touched the public heart, because it affects their daily life.