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Zehaal-e-miskeen makun taghaful,

Duraye naina banaye batiyan.

Do not overlook my misery,
by blandishing your eyes and weaving tales,

Ke taab-e-hijran nadaram ay jaan,
Na leho kahe lagaye chatiyan.

My patience has over-brimmed, O sweetheart!
why do you not take me to your bosom.

Shaban-e-hijran daraz chun zulf,
Wa roz-e-waslat cho umer kotah.

Long like curls in the night of separation
short like life on the day of our union.

Sakhi piya ko jo main na dekhun,
To kaise kaTun andheri ratiyan.

My dear, how will I pass the dark dungeon night
without your face before.

Yakayak az dil do chashm-e-jadu,
Basad farebam baburd taskin.

Suddenly, using a thousand tricks
the enchanting eyes robbed me of my tranquil mind.

Kisay pari hai jo ja sunave,
Piyare pi ko hamari batiyan,

Who would care to go and report
this matter to my darling.

Cho shama sozan cho zaraa hairan,
Hamesha giryan be ishq an meh.

Tossed and bewildered, like a flickering candle,
I roam about in the fire of love.

Na nind naina na ang chaina,
Na aap aaven na bhejen patiyan,

Sleepless eyes, restless body,
neither comes she, nor any message.

Bahaq-e-roz-e-visaal-e-dilbar,
Ke daad mara gharib Khusro.

In honour of the day I meet my beloved
who has lured me so long, O Khusro!

Sapet man ke varaye rakhun,
Jo jaye pauN piya ke khatiyan.

I shall keep my heart suppressed
if ever I get a chance to get to her trick.

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Poet :- Amir Khusro

Singer :- Onlineem

This poem written by Amir Khusro is Macaronic using Persian and Brij Bhasha.  In the first verse, the first line is in Persian, the second in Brij Bhasha, the third in Persian again, and the fourth in Brij Bhasha.

Here’s another soulful rendition by Chaya Ganguli from the Muzaffar Ali album Husn-e-Jana

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Main Nara-e-Mastana

Main nara-e-mastana,  main shouqi- e- rindana
Main tashna kahan jaaon, pee kar bhi kahan jana

Main souz-e-mohabbat hoon, main aik qayamat hoon
Main ashk-e-nadaamat hoon, main gouhar-e-yakdana

Main tahir-e-lahooti, main johar-e-malkooti
Nasoot ne kab mujh ko is haal mein pehchana

Main sham-e- farozan hoon, main aatish-e-larza hoon
Main sozish-e-hijraan hoon, main manzil-e-parwana

Kis yaad ka sehera hoon, kis chashm ka darya hoon
Khud toor ka jalwa hoon, hai shakl qalbhana

Main husn-e-mujassim hoon, main gesu-e-barham hoon
Main phool hoon shabnam hoon, main jalwa-e-janana

Main wasif-e-bismil hoon, main ronaq-e-mehfil hoon
Ik toota howa dil hoon, main shehar mein veerana

Poet: Wasif Ali Wasif

Artist : Abida Parveen

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Nothing lasts forever
No one lives forever
Keep that in mind, and love

Our life is not the same old burden
Our path is not the same long journey
The flower fades and dies
We must pause to weave perfection into music
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge

Love droops towards its sunset
To be drowned in the golden shadows
Love must be called from its play
And love must be born again to be free
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge
Without seeing my love, I cannot sleep

Let us hurry to gather our flowers
Before they are plundered by the passing winds
It quickens our blood and brightens our eyes
To snatch kisses that would vanish
If we delayed

Our life is eager
Our desires are keen
For time rolls by
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge

Beauty is sweet for a short time
And then it is gone
Knowledge is precious
But we will never have time to complete it
All is done and finished
In eternal heaven
But our life here is eternally fresh
Keep that in mind, and love

Poet : Rabindranath Tagore

Artist : Lisa Bonet

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Poet : Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Soundtrack : Dhoop Kinare

Recited By : Arshad Mahmood

This is an adaptation from a Ghazal by Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Made a video to go along with it.

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Ghaliban …

Screen01Kehte ho “Na denge hum, dil agar pada paya

Dil kahan ke gum kije? Hum ne Mudda’a paya

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Ishq se tabiat ne zeest ka maza paya

Dard ki dawa paee, dard-e-be-dawa paya

Mirza Ghalib

Poet : Mirza Ghalib



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Zindagi…

Hui khatm aaj, ye tamasha zindagi

Kharch ki humne betahaasha zindagi

Raah thi andheri aur manzil sayaah

Karti rahi ujaale ki aasha zindagi

zindagi

Poet : Yours Truly 🙂

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Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick
And think of you
Turning in circles confusion–
Is nothing new
Flashback to warm nights–
Almost left behind
A suitcase of memories
Time after–

Sometimes you picture me–
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me I can’t hear
What you have said–
And you say–go slow–
I’ve fallen behind–
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
Time after time

After your picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows–I’m wondering
If you’re okay
And you say–go slow–
I’ve fallen behind
The drum beats out of time–

If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
Time after time

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Lyrics : Cyndi Lauper/Robert Andrew Hyman
Title song from the 2000 album of Eva. Released 4 years after she passed away. Most of her recordings available are either Live or demo/practice tapes she did which highlight her genius.

I Wandered By A Brookside

I wandered by a brookside
I wandered by a mill
I could not hear the water
The murmuring it was still
Not a sound of any grasshopper
Nor the chirp of any bird
But the beating of my own heart
Was the only sound I heard

The beating of my own heart
Was the only sound I heard

Then silent tears fast flowing
When someone stood beside
A hand upon my shoulder
I knew the touch was kind
He drew me near and nearer
We neither spoke one word
But the beating of our own two hearts
Was the only sound I heard

The beating of our own two hearts
Was the only sound I heard

Lyrics : Richard Monckton Milnes/Barbara Berry

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A true gem of a song adapted from an old poem by Richard Milnes. This one has the signature style of Eva’s soothing vocals sung to a minimum piano/guitar arrangement.

Anniversary Song

Today has been a special day
An anniversary a request
That you play your piano
As the evening sun slowly sets

I never thought I’d get this old dear
Never had a reason to live so long
And the Lord’s been like my shadow
Even when I was wrong
No I never thought it would turn out this way

A birthday with apologies (oh oh oh)
For all the tears and regrets (oh oh oh)
And I’ve always saved your poetry (oh oh oh)
For these years when you forget (oh oh oh)

I never thought I’d get this old dear
Never had a reason to live so long
And the Lord’s been like my shadow
Even when I was wrong
No I never thought it would turn out this way

So sing with me softly (oh oh oh)
As the day turns to night (oh oh oh)
And later I’ll dream (oh oh oh)
Of paradise with you (oh oh oh)
I love you and good night

Lyrics : Steven M. Digman

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Last year, ‘Somewhere’ was the 11th Eva Cassidy album released.In her lifetime, only 2 albums -‘The Other Side’ (with Chuck Brown) & ‘Live at the Blue’s Alley’ were released. ‘Somewhere’ consists of forgotten practice tapes found in the basement of her band’s guitarist. Will post some songs from this album someday.

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