Monday, 22 December 2008

Death Anniversary: Noor Jehan - The Pakistani Melody Queen (born September 21, 1926 – December 23, 2000)

Noor Jehan has been understood as one of the jewels of the Indian Subcontinent as she encapsulated her audiences in her mesmerizing voice. Singing both film songs and ghazals, she has become a household name amongst many who appreciated her inimitable pitch and tone. In 1957, Noor Jehan was awarded the President's Award for her acting and singing capabilities. Noor Jehan died on December 23rd 2000 in Pakistan.

Remembering one of her greatest ghazals, written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz...

Don’t Ask Me for That Love Again
mujh se pehli si mohabbat meray mehbub na maang

mein ne samjha tha kay tu hai to darakhshaan hai hayaat
I had thought if I had you, life would shine eternally on me

tera gham hai to gham-e-dahar ka jhagdra kya hai
If I had your sorrows, those of the universe would mean nothing

teri surat se hai aalam mein bahaaron ko sabaat
Your face would bring permanence to every spring

teri aankhon ke sivaa duniya mein rakkha kya hai
What is there but your eyes to see in the world anyway

tu jo mil jaaye to taqdir niguun ho jaaye
If I found you, my fate would bow down to me

yun na tha mein ne faqat chahaa tha yun ho jaaye
This was not how it was, it was merely how I wished it to be


anaginat sadiyon ki taarik bahimanaa talism
The dreadful magic of uncountable dark years

resham-o-atalas-o-kamkhvaab mein bunavaaye huye
Woven in silk, satin and brocade

jaa-ba-jaa bikate huye kuuchaa-o-baazaar mein jism
In every corner are bodies sold in the market

khaak mein lithade huye khuun mein nahalaaye huye
Covered in dust, bathed in blood


jism nikale huye amaraaz ke tannuuron se
Bodies retrieved from the cauldrons of disease

piip bahatii hu_ii galate huye naasuuron se
Discharge flowing from their rotten ulcers

laut jaati hai udhar ko bhi nazar kyaa kije
Still returns my gaze in that direction, what can be done

ab bhi dilkash hai tera husn magar kya kije
Even now your beauty is tantalizing, but what can be done


aur bhii dukh hain zamaane mein mohabbat ke sivaa
There are other heartaches in the world than those of love

raahaten aur bhi vasl ki raahat ke sivaa
There is happiness other than the joy of union

mujh se pehli si mohabbat meray mehbub na maang
...Don’t ask me, my love, for that love again...

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