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Khaamosh sa afsaana paani se likha hota

Posted on: December 25, 2012


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

One thing that we can depend upon for with Gulzar, is the most imaginative use of simple words that combine to make unusual arrangements, and still carry a very deep and pleasing meaning. A meaning that will always resonate in the mind, creating emotions of satisfaction, no matter whether the thread of feelings in the words is happy or sad. I have always been a great fan of Gulzar Sb’s poetry, the eminently simple verses that he creates to so lucidly express in such a few words, the emotions that one would be searching for words to make sense.

About a week back, a Gulzar song from a Gulzar film was posted by our dear Sadanand ji. Libaas is a film from 1988, that apparently did not get officially released, although it was shown at some film festivals during that time. The song posted on 15th December is “Seeli Hawaa Chhoo Gayee. . .”. Reading about this film and hearing the song was a very refreshing experience. Plus the comments where the other songs of this film were listed, made me realize that at one time, these songs were heard quite a bit on the radio, but then they faded away and have been on the back burners of the memory for a long time. I remember having heard especially this song, that is a favorite. And favorite once again for the words written by Gulzar.

The additional beauty of this song is the composition by RD Burman, and the choice of the singing voice. ‘Meera’ (1979) was a film for which Lata had declined to sing for Gulzar and Pt. Ravi Shankar, ostensibly because she had worked on a couple of albums of Meerabai’s bhajans with Hridaynath Mangeshkar, and in her mind, she did not want to sing the same bhajans once again with different compositions. (Time has been an important judge of this thought – the Meera bhajans from the two non-film albums are still the more familiar and more popular ones, as compared to the bhajans from the film.) But before and after this film, Lata has been the singer of choice with the Gulzar – RDB songs.

The partnership between Gulzar and RD Burman is legendary. The songs they have created together are a class by themselves. A very interesting anecdote about how these two worked together. In one of his reminiscences, Gulzar recalls that RDB rang the bell of his home at 12.30 am one night, and asked him to join for a car ride. For the next four hours, they drove
randomly on the roads of Bombay, as RDB worked on the tune and the melody for a particular song while driving on the nearly deserted roads (I am forgetting which particular song this was with reference to).

The music is minimal and you become aware of the instruments only during the interludes between the antaraas. It is a very slow paced song, very wonderfully composed and rendered. As you listen to the song, you will not be aware of the passage of time. But when the song ends, you might be somewhat surprised that this song of three antaraas (stanzas) has lasted a
little over six minutes. Where most three antaraa songs are generally within 3 to 4 minute formats.

A lovely song – lovely words, lovely music, lovely rendering. Enjoy.

khamosh sa afsaana paani se likha hota
na tum ne kahaa hota, na hum ne sunaa hota

(Oh wish this life was)
A tale made of silent words
Written with plain water
Wish you had never said it
Wish I had never heard it

dil ki baat na poocho, dil to aata rahega
dil behkaata rahaa hai, dil behkaata rahegaa
dil ko tum ne kuchh samjhaaya hota

This heart is a truant
Don’t ask about it
Forever it will be taking on new fancies
It is bound to be wayward
It will keep misleading
Oh wish you had, for once
Explained to your heart
And made it understand

sehme se rehte hain jab ye din dhaltaa hai
ek diyaa bujhta hai, ek diya jalta hai
tum ne koi deep jalaaya hota

When the dusk arrives
And the shadows settle in
An uneasy disquiet creeps in
A lamp sets and goes away
And another lamp gets lit
Oh wish, you had,
For once, lit a lamp yourself

kitne saahil dhoonde, koi na saamne aaya
jab majdhaar mein doobe saahil thaamne aaya
tum ne saahil ko pehle bichhaaya hota

(Lost in the sea)
Battling the stormy waters
I kept looking for the shores
But none appeared for me
And when I was sucked into the whirlpool
Then the shoreline appeared
Trying to hold me by hand
Oh wish, you had laid out
The dry land for me
(Before I drowned)


Song-Khaamosh sa afsaana paani se likha hota (Libaas)(1988)(UR) Singers-Lata, Suresh Wadkar, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

khaamosh sa afsaana
paani se likha hota
khaamosh sa afsaana
paani se likha hota
na tum ne kahaa hota
na hum ne sunaa hota
khaamosh sa afsaana

la la la laaa
la la la la

dil ki baat na poocho
dil to aata rahega
dil ki baat na poocho
dil to aata rahega
dil behkaata rahaa hai
dil behkaata rahegaa
dil ko
tum ne
ho kuchh samjhaa hota
khaamosh sa afsaana
paani se likha hota
na tum ne kahaa hota
na hum ne sunaa hota
khaamosh sa afsaana

sehme se rehte hain
jab ye din dhaltaa hai
sehme se rehte hain
jab ye din dhaltaa hai
ek diyaa bujhta hai
ek diya jalta hai
tum ne
koi
ho deep jalaaya hota
khaamosh sa afsaana
paani se likha hota
na tum ne kahaa hota
na hum ne sunaa hota
khaamosh sa afsaana

kitne saahil dhoondhe
koi na saamne aaya
kitne saahil dhoondhe
koi na saamne aaya
jab majdhaar mein doobe
saahil thaamne aaya
tum ne
saahil
ko pehle bichhaaya hota
khaamosh sa afsaana
paani se likha hota
na tum ne kahaa hota
na hum ne sunaa hota
khaamosh sa afsaana

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4 Responses to "Khaamosh sa afsaana paani se likha hota"

Thank you Sudhir ji
for the lyrics of my favourite song and for the translation.

Regards
Prakash

Hearing it first time.
What a great combination of gulzar/RD and lata ji!

‘Seeli hawaa choo gayee’ is (now was) the only song that i was aware of and know it was from film – ‘Libaas’, do not got to see the movie.
Hearing this song for the first time now , i am feeling ‘how could i miss such a beautiful song and could not got to know about it -‘itne saal’, and that too when i am Gulzar saab ‘s fan and love Suresh Wadkar’s singing.
Thanks Sudhir ji, thanks Atul ji !!
‘tumne saahil ko pehle bichhaaya hota …. ‘ great !!

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