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Duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa

Posted on: March 5, 2011


In India, being a “gareeb” (poor) has often been equated to being good and nice. And likewise, being rich has been considered being bad and evil. So it is not uncommon to find Hindi movies, especially old ones, championing the cause of gareebs, the way Indian politicians champion their cause even today, instead of asking the basic question as to why gareebs should even exist in the first place.

Here is a song that takes up cudgels on the behalf of the poor. This song is from “Zameendaar” (1942). This nearly 70 year old song is sung by Shamshad Begam. How superbly she has sung this song! She in fact is one of the seniormost singers of Hindi movies (senior even to the legendary Lata and Rafi) and she is still around.

This song is written by Qamar Jalalabadi and music is composed by Ghulam Haider.

Here is this wonderful blast from the distant past of Hindi songs. What a lovely song it is to listen to. And considering the topic (gareeb, who will not vanish in India even in distant future), this song will remain relevant even in future.


Song-Duniya mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa (Zameendaar) (1942) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

duniyaa mein gareebon ko
duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa
aaraam nahin miltaa
rote hain to hansne kaa
rote hain to hansne kaa paigaam nahin miltaa
paigaam nahin miltaa

gurbat ki kahaani hai aankhon ki zubaani hai
gurbat ki kahaani hai aankhon ki zubaani hai
aagaaz ko rote hain
aagaaz ko rote hain anjaam nahin miltaa
anjaam nahin miltaa
duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa
aaraam nahin miltaa

sau jaam gareebi ke qismat ne pilaaye hain
sau jaam gareebi ke qismat ne pilaaye hain
jis jaam mein raahat hai
jis jaam mein raahat hai wo jaam nahin miltaa
wo jaam nahin miltaa
duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa
aaraam nahin miltaa

jo koi bhi aataa hai thokar hi lagaataa hai
jo koi bhi aataa hai thokar hi lagaataa hai
mar ke bhi gareebon ko
mar ke bhi gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa
aaraam nahin miltaa
duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa
aaraam nahin miltaa

1 Response to "Duniyaa mein gareebon ko aaraam nahin miltaa"

Nice song. Hearing it for the first time.

So gareebs will not disappear from India, not even in the distant future? 😉

Don’t answer that one – let me dream on! 🙂

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