Sahirs are not born often

I have attended so many farewell parties and am now awaiting mine due shortly, but the song usually renders at such parties is that eternal romantic creation from film Hum Dono:

अभी ना जाओ
छोड़ कर कि
दिल अभी
भरा नहीं

It also proves the power of the writer’s pen as the romantic creation caters to the angst relating to parting irrespective of the nature of love – between lovers, friends or colleagues.

When we are in a reflective mood, thinking about the very philosophy of life, the chances are that more often than not the following song from the evergreen Yash Chopra film Kabhi Kabhie will come to haunt us:

दो पल का
शायर हूँ

And for conveying the feelings of the forlorn heart, which song other than the above movie’s title song be more relevant:

कभी कभी
मेरे दिल में
खयाल आता है

And when the love just starts to blossom and needs to be expressed, this evergreen hit from another Yash Chopra hit Daag is matchless:

मेरे दिल में
आज क्या है
तू कहें तों
मैं बता दूँ

And the contentment arising out of a consummated love is seldom conveyed more beautifully than this immortal number from Naya Daur:

मांग के

And the sensitivity of a failed love are to be expressed in this unique style as conveyed by lyricist in this superb piece of poetry from Gumraah, which is contrary to mindless revenge and violence ( blackmail, killing, throwing acid etc) that is being blatantly witnessed today:

इक बार
फिर से
बन जाए
हम दोनों

And this classic number from Pyaasa is the anthem for any unrequited love:

जाने वो
कैसे लोग थे
प्यार को
प्यार मिला

One life that we have been blessed with is to be lived in a carefree and lively fashion, bereft of worrying about things not in our control and this emotion is beautifully expressed in this marvellous ditty again from Dev Anand starring Hum Dono:

जिंदगी का
निभाता चला

Another philosophical message in verse from Pyaasa summarises the futility of materialism:

ये दुनिया
मिल भी जाए
तो क्या है

And with Dilip Kumar dancing to the Punjabi beats of OP Nayyar in this patriotic song from Naya Daur, the entire body gets charged up:

देश है
जवानों का

And the angst of the nation at unfulfilled objectives of freedom is best expressed in this pathos filled poem from the movie Pyaasa:

नाज़ है
हिंद पर
कहाँ है

The epitome of pessimism was actually used twice in two different films – Lighthouse and Pyaasa that read:

आ चुके है
कशमकश-ए-जिंदगी से

The universal prayer that can be intoned by anyone irrespective of his or her faith is a lilting melody from Hum Dono:

तेरो नाम
तेरो नाम

And upon partition of this country on religious lines, one poet had the foresight and courage to give the message of humanity in movie Dharamputra;


The anthem of all senior citizens to dance to at their golden wedding anniversary is the only this evergreen song from Waqt:

ए मेरी
मालूम नहीं

And whenever one recollects the first flame of romance burning in the heart, the song reminiscent is this love anthem from Barsat Ki Raat:

जिंदगी भर
बरसात की

This is an ode, a eulogy to a poet par excellence, who seemed to have his fingers on the nerve of the connoisseurs of Hindi/Urdu, more specifically, Hindustani poetry that’s slowly undergoing extinction. There are navarasas or nine moods ; but Sahir could use his pen to create hundreds of nuances by mixing the above nine moods, such was the power of his writing.

He would have completed a century, being born in 1921.

मुझसे पहले कितने शायर
आए और आकर चले गए
कुछ आहें भर कर लौट गए
कुछ नग़मे गाकर चले गए
वो भी एक पल का किस्सा था
मैं भी एक पल का किस्सा हूँ
कल तुमसे जुदा हो जाऊँगा
वो आज तुम्हारा हिस्सा हूँ
मैं पल दो पल का शायर हूँ

Sahir was not a momentary phenomenon- but who would live till eternity through his body of classic work.

8 thoughts on “Sahirs are not born often

  1. इस आसमां से उपर आसमां और भी, परवाज काम है तेरा, तूं शाहीन है बसेरा कर पहाड़ों की चट्टानों पर
    – अभी से फेयरवैल का क्या सोचना, हैं साहिर का कोई सानी नहीं है।


  2. Wonderful Rich Tributes paid to magician of words , Sahir Sahab.
    He was instrumental in penning down poetry of par excellence . Blogger deserve all the accolades and appreciations Unveiling poetic marvel of Sahir Sahab… Take a bow


  3. Very well penned Sir. One of my favourite lyricists, Sahir was much ahead of his times. His numerous compositions like ‘Tu Hindu banega na Musalman banega’ & ‘Vo subah kabhi to aegi’ are so relevant even today.


  4. Sir, I am intrigued by the versatility of your thoughts be it art, music, religion, sports, current affairs, politics and socio-economic aspects. Getting nostalgic. I can recall my younger days, listening to all India radio Urdu service, Akhri shab program. Sahir was of course way ahead of his times. ” Tu Hindi banega na musalaman banega” Writers like, Sahir Ludhianawai, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shakeel Badayuni, Hasrat Jaipur have gives us some of the best lyrics in Bollywood.


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