Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Bahar Aayee

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1914-1984) wrote Bahar Aayee, a poem lamenting the memories of lost love that return with the advent of spring.

ghubar-e-khatir ke baab sarey
The dust of old chapters have opened
tirey humarey sawaal sarey, jawaab sarey
With all our questions, all our answers

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Mirza Ghalib

Ye Na Thee Hamaree Qismat

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Ghalib (1797-1869) wrote Ye Na Thee Hamaree Qismat about the pathos of yearning for the elusive lover.

ye na thee hamaree qismat ke
it was not in my fate
wisaal-e-yaar hota
to meet my lover


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Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Dasht-e-Tanhai

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dasht-e-tanhaai mein,
In the desert of my solitude,
ai jaan-e-jahaan, larzaan hain
oh love of my life, quiver
teri avaaz ke saaye,
the shadows of your voice,
tere honthon ke saraab
the mirage of your lips

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Mirza Ghalib

Ishq Mujko Nahin

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Ishq Mujhko Nahin, Vehshat Hi Sahi
If not love, then let it be madness
Meri Vehshat Teri Shohrat Hi Sahi
Even if my madness is your fame
Katta Keeje Na Taalluk Hamse
Don't sever these ties with me
Kutch Nahin Hai To Adavat Hi Sahi
Even if nothing but enmity remains

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Hum Dekhain Gay

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Hum Dekhain Gay
We shall see
Lazim Hai ke hum Bhi Dekhain Gay
It is necessary that we shall also see
Woh Din ke Jis ka Wadah Hai
That day which has been promised
Jo Loh-e-Azl pe Likha hai
Which is written with God's ink
Hum Dekhain Gay
We shall see

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Nusrat Fateh Ali

Allah Huu

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Ayesha Kaljuvee translates this popular qawali sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali. Allah Huu is in the praise of God, but could also refer to one's ideal self, one's lover and the awe-inspiring beauty of nature.
Malik-Ul-Mulk, Lashareeka Lahoo
Ruler of the world, soul of my blood
Wahadahoo Laa Ilaahaa Illaahoo
The promised one, there is nothing but you

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Ahmad Faraz

Ranjish Hi Sahi

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Ahmad Faraz is one of the greatest living modern Urdu poets. Ranjish hi sahi is one of his most famous poems.

Ranjish hi sahi
Let it be anguish
dil hi dukhaanay kay liyay aa
Come still to torment my heart


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Mirza Ghalib

Aa Ke Meri Jaan Mein

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Mirza Ghalib's poem 'Aa Ke Meri Jaan Mein Qaraar Nahin Hai' is once again the search for the loved one who is elusive and unerringly indifferent.


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Famous Songs

Hamari Sanson Mein Aaj

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Noor Jehan sings Hamari Saanson Mein Aaj Tak with her characteristic ellusive yearning, in a song in which feelings of lust and sexual attraction are sweetly hiding behind girlish mischeviousness and metaphors.
Kabhi to woh bhi jalengay isme
Some day, he too will burn
jo aag dil main dahek rahi hai
in the fire that in my heart is smouldering


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Mirza Ghalib

Koee Umeed Bar Nahin Aatee

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koee ummeed bar naheen aatee
No hope comes my way
koee soorat nazar naheen aatee
No visage shows itself to me


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Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Mujh Se Pehli Si Mohabbat

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz's immortalized by the beautiful Noor Jehan. Rumor has it that Faiz never recited the poem after he heard Noor Jehan sing it, saying that he could never compete with her rendition of it.




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Allama Iqbal

Aata Hai Yaad Mujhko

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Allama Iqbal [1877-1938], great poet-philosopher and active political leader, was born at Sialkot, Punjab.



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Famous Songs

Aaj Jaane Ki Zid

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By Faiyyaz Hashmi and sung by Farida Khanum
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving
Yunhi pehlu mein bethey raho
Sit here close to me
Haaye mar jaayein ge
I will die
Hum to lutt jaayein ge
I will be lost

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