Introspective melodies

Better late than never….

I must’ve first heard this ghazal maybe three decades ago. My favourite non-film, non-classical vocalist in an expectedly soulful rendition.

A narration of help/soulmate coming very late and holding out hope almost against hope. Of relief after seemingly unrelenting disappointment for an odiously long time.

Listen to Jagjit Singh sing Andaleeb Shadani, a poet geographically from what is Bangladesh today.

The rendition of the ghazal is largely based on Yaman . A wonderful, melodious raag that has devotional and spiritual elements. A raag of the early evening. Sounds great in vocal and instrumental versions.

देर लगी आने में तुम को शुक्र है फिर भी आए तो

देर लगी आने में तुम को शुक्र है फिर भी आए तो
आस ने दिल का साथ न छोड़ा वैसे हम घबराए तो

शफ़क़ धनक महताब घटाएँ तारे नग़्मे बिजली फूल
इस दामन में क्या क्या कुछ है दामन हाथ में आए तो

चाहत के बदले में हम तो बेच दें अपनी मर्ज़ी तक
कोई मिले तो दिल का गाहक कोई हमें अपनाए तो

क्यूँ ये मेहर-अंगेज़ तबस्सुम मद्द-ए-नज़र जब कुछ भी नहीं
हाए कोई अंजान अगर इस धोके में आ जाए तो

सुनी-सुनाई बात नहीं ये अपने उपर बीती है
फूल निकलते हैं शो’लों से चाहत आग लगाए तो

झूट है सब तारीख़ हमेशा अपने को दोहराती है
अच्छा मेरा ख़्वाब-ए-जवानी थोड़ा सा दोहराए तो

नादानी और मजबूरी में यारो कुछ तो फ़र्क़ करो
इक बे-बस इंसान करे क्या टूट के दिल आ जाए तो

…… अंदलीब शादानी

I never tire of listening to these great ghazal singers. Every single of their renditions in their many concerts are so very different from the others, in evoking varied moods and feelings, and of course the time that they spend on each ash’aar may vary, they could actually include different ash’aar by the same or even a different poet. Check this one ,it sounds so different from the earlier one:

Have a wonderful weekend, folks and take care to hydrate yourself well in the summer. The heat is, well and truly, on….


By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

10 replies on “Better late than never….”

Your quest for poetry of class is really remarkable . And that too in the voice of the best among exponents of singing art! I must appreciate this now and ever.

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Dr.Pervin Keki. Phd. Govt pledge practice supportcertificate in alternative medicineCASM567-67839611 Surtisays:

But if the brain is cool calm and living at soul level all is bliss. Thanks ji humbly Dr. Saheb.

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