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Kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ki sahte

Posted on: May 23, 2010


I had never heard this song before. And I cannot be blamed either for not having heard this song before. This song is from an old and forgotten film called “Tohfaa” (1947). This film had actors like Rehman,Anuradha(?) , Mishra (?), Nawab (?),Veera (?) etc etc.

The lyricist and music director of this movie are equally obscure. The only well known person among the creators of this song is Mukesh, the singer.

When I listened to this song, I was forced to sit up and take notice ! This is no run of the mill song. This has to be one of the finest ghazals that have even been created in Bollywood movies. Just listen to this ghazal. If you are like me, you will want to listen to this ghazal many times more. What a find this song is !

Saqib Lucknowi is the lyricist, and what a gifted lyricist he must have been. He has come up with a precious gem here. Music is composed by M A Rauf. I need to find out more about him.


Song-Kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ke sahte (Tohfa) (1947) Singers-Mukesh, Lyrics-Saqib Lucknowi, MD-M A Rauf

Lyrics

kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ki sahte
kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ki sahte
jawaani jo rahti to phir ham na rahte
jawaani jo rahti to phir ham na rahte

nasheman na jaltaa nishaani to rahti
nasheman na jaltaa nishaani to rahti
hamaaraa thaa kyaa theek rahte na rahte
hamaaraa thaa kyaa theek rahte na rahte

koyi naqsh aur koyi deewaar samjhaa
koyi naqsh aur koyi deewaar samjhaa
zamaanaa huaa hamko chup rahte rahte
zamaanaa huaa hamko chup rahte rahte

zamaanaa bade shauq se sun rahaa thaa
aaa aaa
hameen so gaye daasataan kahte kahte
hameen so gaye daasataan kahte kahte
hameen so gaye

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6 Responses to "Kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ki sahte"

Very nice. This was the time when Mukesh was copying Saigal saab I think.
What does “nasheman” mean ?

“Nasheman” is Nest, viz a semi permanent shelter.

This is a very nice ghazal, i was very pleased when I has heard it sometime ago. Most of the Mukesh songs I have heard it including private album. Love to hear again and again.

Thanks for your wonderful efforts to bring this music to us who loves the rare songs

That’s one superb song. Thanks a million.
hameen so gaye daasataan kahte kahte —- Doesn’t it sound like kho and not so?
hameen kho gaye daasataan kahte kahte? i think this fits better:-)

Atul ji,

The ghazal was written by Saqib Lucknawi (1869-1946), one of the last classical Urdu poets. In the original ghazal, there are 9 she’rs of which only 4 she’rs have been taken for this filmy ghazal.

Please correct the name in the tag as well as in the article.

Thanks for the information. I have now made the correction.

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