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Garaj baras pyaasi dharti par

Posted on: October 14, 2014


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

The 3rd death anniversary of Ghazal King Jagjit Singh was on October 1Oth and the 76th birth day of Urdu poet and lyricist Nida Fazli was on October 12th. For the occasions, I had planned to write a combined post and had selected a song months back to be posted on the Blog in October 1Oth or 12th. But some other activities relating to travels and pre Deewali atmosphere in my house resulted in diversion of my mind and in the process, I completely forgot about writing the article for the occasion. It was only when I saw a post on the occasion of the birthday of Nida Fazli that I got reminded of my pending article. Even though anniversary dates have passed, it is never late for paying tributes.

I have selected a non-filmy ghazal ‘garaj baras pyaasi dharti par phir paani de maulaa’ (1994) written by Nida Fazli. The ghazal was composed and sung by Jagjit Singh. This is a prayer to Almighty as also a ‘wish list’ of the poet in ghazal format. So it is more like a ‘prayer ghazal’. But behind the prayer, there is a universal message.

Nida Fazli is one of the Modern Urdu poets who started writing ghazals shedding its conventional theme of ‘talking to the beloved’. One can find in most of his ghazals, nazms, Hindi poems, Dohas (couplets) the subject of the broader inter-personal relationships, communal harmony, rural and urban landscapes, realities of day to day life etc. As he often says, he writes what he sees and experiences. He writes poems in a language which the common man finds them easy to understand. Most of his ghazals and nazms have secular touches as well. In the prayer under discussion, he brings in Maula, Meerabai and Saleeb (cross).

The lyrics of the ghazal under discussion are heart touching. Jagjit Singh adds emotions to the ghazal by his voice as well as by his composition. Note how he sings in slow tempo with only soft musical accompaniments to ensure that wordings of the ghazal are not missed by listeners in the maze of orchestration. His ghazal renditions have always been ‘bol pradhan’ (emphasis on words of the poetry). If I say that after the death of Malika e ghazal Begum Akhtar, it was Jagjit Singh, the King of Ghazals who revived the interest in ghazals. He always selected simple ghazals which were easy to understand. With his melodious voice and simple orchestration, he could take the ghazal as a form of singing to the door steps of people at large.

This heart touching prayer is relevant in the midst of disturbing developments in the world especially in the context of middle east and sectarian violence in which there is no choices for living ones to die in ease (jeenewaalon ko marne ki aasaani de maula). This is a simple poem rendered in a simple format as a message to a complicated world of today.


Song-Garaj baras pyaasi dharti par phir paani de maulaa (Jagjit Singh NFS)(1994) Singer-Jagjit Singh, Lyrics-Nida Fazli, MD-Jagjit Singh

Lyrics

garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa
chidiyon ko daane
bachchon ko gud-dhaani de maulaa aa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa

do aur do kaa jod hameshaa
chaar kahaan hotaa hai
do aur do kaa jod hameshaa
chaar kahaan hotaa hai
soch samajh waalon ko thhodi
naadaani de maulaa
chidiyon ko daane
bachchon ko gud-dhaani de maulaa aa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa

phir raushan kar zahar kaa pyaalaa
chamkaa nayee saleeben
phir raushan kar zahar kaa pyaalaa
chamkaa nayee saleeben
jhoothon ki duniyaa mein sach ko taabaani de maulaa
chidiyon ko daane
bachchon ko gud-dhaani de maulaa aa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa

phir moorat se baahar aakar chaaron oar bikhar jaa
phir moorat se baahar aakar chaaron oar bikhar jaa
phir mandir ko koi Meera deewaani de maulaa
chidiyon ko daane
bachchon ko gud-dhaani de maulaa aa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa

tere hote koyi kisi ki
jaan kaa dushman kyun ho o
tere hote koyi kisi ki
jaan kaa dushman kyun ho
jeene waalon ko marne ki aasaani de maulaa
chidiyon ko daane
bachchon ko gud-dhaani de maulaa aa
garaj baras pyaasi dharti par
phir paani de maulaa aa
phir paani de maulaa aa
phir paani de maulaa aa

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2 Responses to "Garaj baras pyaasi dharti par"

Sir, many many thanks for this great post combining Nida ji’ birthday and remembering Jagjit Singh ji on his anniversary.
Thank you !!

Beautiful!!! Miss this ghazal maestro… very much.
Thanks Sadanandji for paying tribute by introducing this NFS
Regards
Khyati

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