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Rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise

Posted on: June 25, 2012


“Dil Ki Raahen” (1973) was a Majida Movie presentation. It was directed by B R Ishara. The movie had Rakesh Pandey, Rehana Sultan, Amrit Lakhanpal,Dilip Dutt, Rakesh Pandey, Sulochana, Johnny Whisky etc in it.

This movie, which attracted an A certificate from the censors, duly flopped at the box office. The nice songs of this movie suffered as a result.

Here is a wonderful song from “Dil Ki Raahen” (1973). It is sung by Lata. Naqsh Llayalpuri is the lyricist. Madan Mohan, whose birth anniversary falls today (25 june) is the music director.

Only the audio of this song is available. The video seems to have disappeared and that may not be such a bad thing. I have a feeling that this song is better heard than watched.

The audio of the song appears to be taken from a vishesh Jaimala programme presented by Madan Mohan, because Madan Mohan’s voice appears before the song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Khyati Bhatt.

On popular demand, Sudhir jee has now provided the translation of the lyrics, so one can now appreciate the lyrics even more knowledgeably.


Song-Rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise (Dil Ki Raahen)(1973) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
to nibhaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
to nibhaayen kaise
har taraf aag hai
daaman ko bachaayen kaise
har taraf aag hai
daaman ko bachaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen

dil ki raahon mein
uthaate hain jo duniyaawaale
dil ki raahon mein
uthaate hain jo duniyaawaale
koi kehde ke wo deewar
giraayen kaise
koi kehde ke wo deewar
giraayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen

dard mein doobe huye
naghme hazaaron hain magar
dard mein doobe huye
naghme hazaaron hain magar
saaz e dil toot gaya ho
to sunaayen kaise
saaz e dil toot gaya ho
to sunaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen

bojh hota jo ghamon ka
to uthaa bhi lete
bojh hota jo ghamon ka
to uthaa bhi lete
zindagi bojh bani ho
to uthaayen kaise
zindagi bojh bani ho
to uthaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
to nibhaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen

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Translation (Provided by Sudhir)
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rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise

The customs, the promises of love
They are hard to fulfill, hard to endure
How does one abide by them (for a lifetime)?

har taraf aag hai daaman ko bachaayen kaise

The flames (of distrust, of resentment)
Engulf from all directions
How can one protect oneself (from being burnt)?

(NOTES: ‘daaman’ essentially means the flowing garments. In context it implies ‘self’ – when faced with or engulfed with flames, the effort is to keep the flowing part of one’s garments bunched in, to avoid catching fire and being burnt oneself. Recall the song – “Daaman Mein Aag Lagaa Baitthe”.)

dil ki raahon mein uthaate hain jo duniyaa waale
koi kehde ke wo deewar giraayen kaise

The resentful assailants of this world
Obstruct the path of love with walls of hostility
Pray someone say
How to pull down these walls (of malice)

dard mein doobe huye naghme hazaaron hain magar
saaz e dil toot gaya ho to sunaayen kaise

A thousand melodies soaked in agony
Swirl in the mind
But how can they be played
When strings of the heart are broken

bojh hota jo ghamon ka to uthaa bhi lete
zindagi bojh bani ho to uthaayen kaise

If it was just the burden of sorrows
It may have been possible to bear it
But when life itself becomes a burden
Pray someone say, how to bear it?

24 Responses to "Rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise"

Thanks Khyati ji and Atul ji for the excellent song.

Sudhir ji
aapke transalation ho tho sone pe suhaaga ho jaayega. So one more translation Please , whenever you find time.
Abhi Aapke anuvaad ki “aadat si” ho gayee hai.

Thanks in Advance.

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Prakash ji

Translation is now posted. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thanks Sudhir ji and Atulji.
Ab se uss gaane ko aur bhi enjoy aur feel kar sakthaa hoon.Thank you again.

Love you people for this gesture.

Regards
Prakash

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Sudhirji,
Yahin to baat hai ki aap se hum jo umeed rakhte hai woh aap kitne pyaar se puri karte hai. Kaash dhanyawaad, sukriya, thank you, se jyaad kuch bol sakti.

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Immortal Madan Mohan’s immortal ghazal.

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If I am not wrong, the chords of Sitar are played by Great Ustad Raees Khan. Listen to them carefully. They are magical. And Madan’s composition is beyond par.

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Yes, the sitar is magical. It could well be Ustad Raees Khan playing the Sitar here.

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This song is beautiful. A fitting song as a tribute to MM.

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the whole soundtrack is a gem, its about a hindu muslim love affair set in a hospital setting ,rather dark gloomy and tragic too ,the kind our audience does not identify with at all .

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rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise
Even if one were to, how to fulfil the duties of love

har taraf aag hai, daaman ko bachaayen kaise
There is fire everywhere, how to save your veil

rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
fulfil the duties of love

dil ki raahon mein uthaate hain jo duniyaawaale
In my heart’s path, the walls that people raise

koi kehde ke wo deewar giraayen kaise
Even if somebody says, how to break them

rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
fulfil the duties of love

dard mein doobe huye naghme hazaaron hain magar
There are thousands of songs dipped in pain

saaz e dil toot gaya ho to sunaayen kaise
But if heart is broken, how to play them

rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
fulfil the duties of love

bojh hota jo ghamon ka to uthaa bhi lete
Had it been a weight of our sorrows, we would have lifted it,

zindagi bojh bani ho to uthaayen kaise
(but) life itself has become a weight, how to lift it

rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen to nibhaayen kaise
rasm e ulfat ko nibhaayen
Even if one were to, how to fulfil the duties of love
fulfil the duties of love

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Chetan ji
“Thank you very much” for the translation.

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the music is remarkable but a pity that no print for the movie is available despite it being on a sensitive and offbeat subject ,will love to watch the seventies drama by ishara ,he is controversial but an interesting maker of off beat subjects ,the urdu gazal in seventies was best explored by madan mohan as here along with dastak ,heer ranjha ,laila majnu,mausam and many others .

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I agree with Usmanji. I too would love to watch Dil Ki Rahen again. Years ago, they had telecast it on Doordarshan, but sadly now the print is not available anywhere. If anyone comes to lay their hands on a copy of this film, do post a message here.

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Finding a copy of this movie is impossible. I’ve looked everywhere for this movie. If anyone finds a copy, do post a message here on this blog.

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Excellent translation. Thanks

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This film is now available on youtube.

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I have extracted video of this song after downloading the film and uploaded the same on YouTube today. Link of the same is, as under.

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I am desparately waiting for someone who will upload the separate video of this rare video gem(from the day on which the full movie has been uploaded), Thank you Sunil ji for this favour,
Thank you again

Prakash

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Sunil ji,
Right now I heard this song (after a long time) and felt like hearing it again and again. A very nice rendition in Raag Madhuwanti.
Lot of thanks to you and Atul Ji too.

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Please read the comment (Courtesy : Hiren Desai) reproduced below for this YT video link

बॉलीवुड की पुरानी कहानी
एक गीतकार को एक गीत लिखने में कितनी मेहनत कितनी पडती है गाने के बोल थे “रसमे उल्फत को निभाए तो निभाए कैसे” यह गजल है 1973 में बनी फिल्म”दिल की राहें ” से है इसे गाया था लता जी ने संगीतकार थे मदन मोहन ! फिल्म की सिचुएशन के लिए मदन मोहन ने एक धुन तैयार की और तय किया कि अगले दिन यानी रविवार को नक्श लायलपुरी इस धुन पर एक गीत लिखेंगे और मदन मोहन के घर ले जाएगें और सोमवार को इस गीत की रिकॉर्डिंग होनी थी क्योंकि लता मंगेशकर ने सोमवार की डेट दी हुई थी ! गाने को लेकर नक्श लायलपुरी रविवार को मदन मोहन जी के घर पहूँचे मदन मोहन ने गीत के बोल देखे पढे और कहने लगे कि इस धुन पर गीत नहीं गजल लिखनी पड़ेगी क्योंकि फिल्म के निर्माता सुलतान एस दुर्रानी और एस कौशर का कहना है कि मदन मोहन का संगीत हो फिल्म में गजल ना हो यह सुनकर नक्श लायलपुरी टेशन में आ गए क्योंकि रिकोर्डिंग सोमवार को थी अगर लिख नहीं पाए तो लता मंगेशकर की डेट बेकार और उन पर भी ऊंगलिया उठ सकती है कि कवि नहीं हैं शायर नहीं है ठीक से लिख पाया इसी उधेडबुन मे वह मदन मोहन के धर से बाहर निकल आए सुबह के 11 बजे थे उन्होंनें सोचा कि अगर धर जा कर लिखूंगा तो समय बरबाद होगा क्योंकि धर बहुत दूर था तो उन्होंने फैसला किया कि वह चौपाटी के फुटपाथ पर ही लिखेंगे और बैठ गए फुटपाथ के एक कोने में ! कभी लिखे कभी मिटाए उधर समय बीता जा रहा था अब थोड़ी देर तक बात नहीं बनी… मसाला नहीं मिला तो मन ही मन टेशन हो गई गजल का एक भी शेर लिखते बना तो और भी टेंशन हो गई! यह ख्याल दिमाग में धुमने लगा कि इतने कम वक्त मे लिखे तो लिखे कैसे गीत को गजल बनाए कैसे इस मुसीबत से निकले तो निकले कैसे मुलाहिजा फरमाइएगा दिमाग धुम रहा था इतने कम वक्त में लिखे तो लिखे कैसे गीत को गजल बनाए तो बनाए कैसे इस मुसीबत से निकले तो निकले कैसे यह सोचते सोचते धबराहट टेंशन मे उनके मुँह से यकबयक निकल पड़ा रसमे उल्फत को निभाए तो निभाए कैसे बस फिर क्या था कलम चलने लगी कभी रूकती कभी चलती कभी सोचते कभी मुस्कराते ऐसा करते करते पूरी गजल तैयार हो गई ! जो गजल 12 बजे लिखनी शुरू की थी वह 4 बजे तक तैयार हो गई और नक्श लायलपुरी जा पहुंचे मदन मोहन जी के धर मदन मोहन जी ने गजल सुनी बहूत तारीफ की और गजल अगले ही दिन रिकार्ड हो गई तो साहब 1973 मे आई ये गजल जो कि 4 धंटे मे लिखी गई थी वह 40 साल भी उतनी ही हिट है उतनी ही लोकप्रिय है उतनी ही असरदार है ! शत शत नमन मदन मोहन जी को सौजन्य 92.7 बिग F.M. सुहाना सफर विद अन्नू कपूर l

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Dear Prakashji,

It’s not a favour. I feel honoured that I have been able to contribute something on this forum.

Sunil

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No Sunil ji

Aap jo bhi kaho,ab jab bhi main iss gaane ko sunoonga
yaa toh is gaane ki video ko dekoonga, automatically, aapka naam yaad aa jaayega……..

Thanks again for that ..

prakash

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I am just curious, who is the dancing couplel in the song? One day, just the first line popped in my head, while going to work, and couldn’t remember the tune. I had heard the song but neven came up again until now. So, I had to hear the song when I came back from work. And now, I can’t get rid of it. I can’t sing any other song! One of those things… you know !!

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