Pyasa (1957) – Rafi – SD Burman – Sahir
Pranaam to the sensitivity that said “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, mardon ne ussey bazaar diya….”
Pranaam to the spirituality that said “aana hai to aa, raah mein kuchh pher nahi hai, bhagwaan ke ghar der hai andher nahi hai…”
Pranaam to the Voice of the Conscience that wrote “Tora mann darpan kehlaaye, bhale-bure saare karamon ko dekhe aur dikhaaye…”
Pranaam to the philosopher that wrote “Utna hi upkar samajh koi, jitna saath nibha de… janam-maran ka khel hai sapna, ye sapna bisra de…koi na sang marey….mann re…”
Pranaam to the soul that said “Inteha ye hai ke bande ko Khuda karta hai ishq….”
Pranaam to the poet who saw the “toofan” in raindrops “phool se gaalon pe rukne ko tarasta paani…dil mein toofan utthate huye jazbaat ki raat; the “aag paani mein lagaate huye halaat ki raat” with just the vision of a “surkh aanchal”.
Pranaam to the poet, also, who declares “Chalo ik baar phir se ajnabi ban jaayein hum dono” because “vo afsana jisse anjaam tak laana na ho mumkin, ussey ik khoobsurat mod dekar chhodna achcha.”
Pranaam to the man who kept the ‘feminine’ in him alive. Didn’t shy away from it. Whether it was a shy feminine “salaam-e-hasrat qubool kar lo, meri muhabbat qubool kar lo” or it was a bold “aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo, janam safal ho jaye…”
But, also many salaams to the man who could write
“naukar ho ya maalik, leader ho ya public
apne aage sabhi jhuke hain, kya raaja, kya sainik
sun-sun-sun arrey raja sun, iss champi mein bade-bade gun
laakh dukhon ki ek dawa hai, kyun na aajmaaye
kaahe ghabraaye, kaahe ghabraaye…”
and have it become a catchphrase!
Only Sahir _()_
Originally published on Sahir Ludhianvi’s birthday, 8 March 2018
Monica Kar received her BA in English Honours from the University of Delhi. She now lives in St. Charles, Missouri, where she wears several hats, including doing voluntary work as an educator and homemaker.