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Nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar aahistaa aahistaa

Posted on: November 7, 2020


This article is written by nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Recently I have written a few posts for songs of films Laila Majnu(1945) and Laila Majnu(1953). In the past also, now that I checked, I have written posts for 5 songs of Laila Majnu(1976).

Ab agar hamse khudaayi bhi khafa ho jaaye
Barbaad e muhabbat ki dua saath liye jaa
Is reshmi paazeb ki jhankaar ke sadqe
Likh kar tera naam zameen par
Ye deewaane ki zidd hai

I have revisited the above posts, just to confirm if I have written my real thoughts on these legends of undying love, which end in tragedy and death. Obviously this sort of love is also unfruitful. The romanticism and glorification of this type of folk love stories and legends has no basis in truth or even historical facts. The civilization has been around for a few millennia now and last few millennia have been recorded by historians. If there was even a bit of truth in these legends, they have had enough time and exposure to intelligent humans to surface by now. So these are legends, myths, folklore, the purpose of creation of these things in the eastern regions, the so called ‘mashriq’, the conservative, the tolerant, the deeply religious and the more civilized compared to the western region, is unclear to me. All those philosophies of ‘love is paramount’, ‘love is pure’ and all are fine. As per my habit I am wondering again, if there are any research papers on this topic. It may have had a certain appeal or fantasy value, beyond this I don’t find any usefulness of it. It fired the imagination of certain poets in West Asia, who wrote eulogies of their stories.

I am giving a part of a story here:

A brave chieftain has three sons. His wife died soon after giving birth to the youngest son, now 10 years old. The chieftain, who had deeply loved his beloved wife, must remarry now for political, social and family reasons. His mother who has looked after the family so far is very old and cannot do so for much longer. The youngest son comes to the father to express his apprehensions about the marriage and the doubt that the fathers love for the sons may be diminished or divided. The father explains to the young son, very patiently, describing the values, culture and traditions of their family and tribe etc. He tells his son, that “when I looked into the ‘gazelle’s eyes’ of your mother for the first time, it was as if I had found the world. When she bore 3 sons for me, it was as if she had given me the world. We couldn’t thank the Almighty enough for this gift. Then she died, but she left to me, her world and my world, in you all.” There after he goes on to explain to the young son, through analogies, how a father’s love for his children never diminishes and cannot be divided.

The above simple story has deep love, love for beauty, family love, tragedy, wisdom, loyalty, duty, eternal love and undivided love. Above all the story has continuity of life. It has thankfulness to God, shows that one can cope with tragedy and move on in due course.

In contrast, the stories of eternal love, obsession of the beloved, so much so that the characters prefer to die, then live without each other, is just a hollow confrontational rhetoric’s. More so, because these are imaginary characters, advocating obsessions with physical beings, though they talk of connections with the souls. These have misled the generations of human societies, with an artificial cloak of ‘commitment’. Self-obsessed and obsessed with each other just doesn’t cut it.

I am going down memory lane in a bid to try and explain my thoughts. When my son was born, my father-in-law said that “ye hamare ghar ka chiraag hai”. In my forthright way, I would have asked him, if he means it so, as it is a son. But that thought did not even completely formulate and never reached the utterance level. For I knew, my father-in-law had a special place in the heart of daughters and sons. Both my mother-in-law and father-in-law had their hearts in correct places in this regard. This is my takeaway from having been part of a family whose core dignity and integrity is what made my relation with them so much more meaningful. May Allah subhan-o-ta’ala grant them both elevated status in jannat-ul-firdous.

So what did my father in law mean, when he called my son ‘ghar ka chiraag’? My son is the youngest one of his generation in the family. It has taken me all these years to realize that my father in law meant that he is youngest one, so the torch bearer of the family to the farthest point in the future. ‘Chiraag’ is the torch which allows you to see in the darkness. Though the future is a dark place, here is a lamp taking the family towards the future. Though the ‘male progeny’ is also part of the statement, but the aspect are not disproportionate. I feel it so, as he was not proclaiming it to all, but said it to me personally. Though there are other grandchildren including sons, but he did not call anyone as ‘ghar ka chiraag’. Part of the intention, may have been the prayer and hope of brighter future of the child. Young kids are also lovingly called ‘budda’ (or ‘budha’ meaning old person). This is again a wish that the child will live a long life till very old.

Thus, in my well thought out opinion, these stories of Laila-majnu, Shirin-Farhad etc. are a part of the flimsy whim which made the myths and gods out of such sacrificial love. They are a relic of past storytelling, and that is where they belong, they have no role to play and importance in the practical living world.

Next song in the “dheere dheere” series is this special all female qawwali, from the film ‘Ghazab’ 1951. The qawwali is referring to Laila-Majnu, Shirin-Farhad etc. Actually I found the song with mukhda “nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar” in the song list of film Baazaar 1949, when I checked the list of songs posted in the blog, this song was missing, and it shows 15/16 posted. When I searched for the song on youtube, I found the song with same mukhda but not from Baazaar 1949, but from Ghazab 1951. It is listed with the same mukhda in both the films song list at myswar. It can be that it was recorded for Bazaar and used in Ghazab, as the MD’s are different.

The song is in ‘dheere dheere’ category as the mukhda has the words “aahistaa aahistaa”. When I found the qawwali with three singers, a while ago, I had high hopes of it. I was expecting a spectacular qawwali, but after listening to it a few times, I have reached the conclusion that the spectacular thing about it is the crystal clear voice and diction of Lata Mangeshkar. Her co-singers are Zohrabai Ambalewali and Kalyani. It is written by A. Karim, and music director of Ghazab 1951 is, Nisaar Bazmi. For some reason, the Music director for this qawwali is not mentioned.

The following three songs of Ghazab 1951 are posted:

Dil ko nahin hai chain haaye re
Nazar milaa ke muskaa ke
Tere kaaran sabko chhoda

This qawwali is the only song by Lata Mangeshkar in this movie, whereas “Bazaar” 1949 has 6 songs by Lata Mangeshkar. Lyrics credited to A. Karim, are the only clear link with ‘Ghazab’ 1951, as A. Karim is the writer/director of the film. It is quite possible that the qawwali was composed and recorded for Bazaar, and the composer could be Shyam Sunder as no one is credited under Ghazab listing, and somehow it got listed under both the films.

Editor’s note:-“Ghazab”(1951) had two music directors namely Nisaar Bazmi and Naashaad. Record of this song does not mention the music director (which has to be either of the two music directors) so no music director is credited for this song.


Song-Nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar aahistaa aahistaa(Ghazab)(1951) Singers-Lata, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Kalyani, Lyrics-A Karim, MD-Nisar Bazmi
Chorus

Lyrics

Nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar
nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayega asar
meri aahon mein aayega asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

aa aaa
aaaaaa
mazaar-e-qais par
jab rooh-e-laila
ek din aayi ee ee
sau armaaonon ke
murjhaaye huye
kuchh phool bhi laayi ee
haan aan
lagi jab phool rakhne ae
qabr se aawaaz ye aayi ee
chadhaana phool jaan-e-man magar
chadhaana phool jaan-e-man magar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

aa aaa
thha dil mein keh rahaa farhaad
shirin se judaa ho kar
mohabbat mein teri mehfil mein
kya paaya dil kho kar
utthaaya uss ne phir “??auq” kahaa
? ? se yun ro kar rr
mere dil ke karo tukde magar
mere dil ke karo tukde magar

aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

gayi jab raami dhoban
ek dariyaa par nahaane ko
wahan baitthaa thha Chandi Das
afsaana sunaane ko
kahaa uss ne ke raani chhod de
saare zamaane ko oo
basaana hai agar ulfat ka ghar
basaana chaahe gar ulfat ka ghar

aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

hamaari daastaan bhi
laila majnu ka fasaana hai ae
tumhaare waaste
ab dil mein mitne ki tamanna hai ea
aa aaaa
hamaare tumhaare pyaar mein
bas farq itnaa hai ea ea
udhar to jaldi jaldi hai idhar
udhar to jaldi jaldi hai idhar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

muhobbat ki bhari ee
mehfil mein yeh
kaisa nazaara hai
tumhaare hain qadam
aur unn se liptaa dil hamaara hai
na iss ko bhool jaanaa aa
dil hamaara
ghar tumhaara hai ea
mera dil todnaa chahaa magar
mera dil todnaa chahaa magar

aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar

aaa aaaaaa
jawaani ne abhi
ulfat ka afsaana nahin seekhaa aa
kisi ke waaste
barbaad ho jaana nahin seekhaa aa
aa aaaa
abhi meri adaa ne bhi eee
sharmaana nahin seekhaa aa
mujhe sab kuchh sikhaa denaa magar
mujhe sab kuchh sikhaa denaa magar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aaa aaaaaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aaaaa aaaaaaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aaaaa aaaaaaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aaaaa aaaaaaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa
meri aahon mein aayegaa asar
aahistaa aahistaa

1 Response to "Nazar se mil hi jaayegi nazar aahistaa aahistaa"

Nahm Ji, Nice post written with deep conviction ( about ‘puppy’ love, as I would choose to call, ‘sacrificial love’, responsibilities in life and a pragmatic approach in the face of loss of dear ones etc.).
Nice qawwali accompanying the post,( Though some Urdu words are unfamiliar to me)

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