Cerebral Shangrila

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The revenge of a genius

Almost 60 years ago, this young lad was expelled from a college in Ludhiana for writing a poem in praise of a female student. Now decades later the same college has named its main auditorium after him. Is this what they call the revenge of a genius ?

But he is no more. He doesn't care about it. He is long dead. But his songs still alight a fire and make hearts flutter everyday. He was a magician of words , which is why probably he took the pen name - Sahir ( which means magician).

P.S : Sahir Ludhianvi was one of the most celebrated hindi lyricists of the bygone era who wrote unforgettable gems for films such as Kabhie Kabhie, Pyaasa, Hum Dono, Phir Subah Hogi, Taj Mahal .

I recently read this piece of his poetry ( in Urdu with English translation) :

Tumse Quwwat Lekar, Main Tumko Raah Dikhaoonga
Tum Parcham Lehrana Saathi, Main Barbat par Gaoonga.
Aaj se Mere Phan ka Maksad Zanjeere Pighlana Hai
Aaj se Main Shabnam ke Badle Angaare Barsaoonga.

(Drawing from your strength, I shall show you the way
You wave the flag, comrades, I shall sing for you
My art will now melt your chains
From now on my poetry will rain embers)


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