Ghulam Ali to Perform in Kerala in January

Pakistani ghazal legend Ghulam Ali will perform at two venues in Kerala in January, CPI-M politburo member M A Baby said on Wednesday.

Swaralaya, a popular cultural collective that promotes music and other art forms, will organize the concerts.

The first one is scheduled in Thiruvananthapuram on January 15 while the second concert will be held in Kozhikode on January 17.

Addressing reporters here, Baby, one of the founding members of Swaralaya, said that Ali has confirmed his participation. He said Ali’s ghazals transcended national and geographic boundaries and added that Swaralaya have sought the help of mayors of both cities as well as support of various political parties and social organizations.

This will be the first time that he will sing in the country after concerts scheduled in October in Mumbai and Pune were called off following protests by the Shiv Sena.

After the cancellation Ghulam Ali had said that he was “not angry, but very hurt” and that he wont return to India until the “atmosphere and ambience were favourable for music, and art isn’t opposed.”

“The news of the cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concerts in India was saddening to us. Certain groups with negative intentions imposed a ban on his performances here. Since then, many of his fans have been speaking about the possibility of inviting him here. Swaralaya contacted him recently and he is glad to sing for the people here,” said Baby.

Asked if he was concerned about any opposition to the programme, the left leader said he did not foresee any issue. “We hope those who opposed him a few months ago have realised their mistake. The responsibility to provide him security is that of the State government,” he said.

Here are a few of his popular hits:


Hum Tere Shahar Mein Aaye Hain (Lyrics: Qaiser-Ul-Jafri)

hum tere shahar mein aaye hain, musaafir ki tarah-2
sirf ek baar mulaaqaat ka mauqa de de
ham tere shahar mein aaye hain, musaafir ki tarah-2
apani Ankhon mein chhupa rakhein hain jugnu main ne -2
apani palakon pe saja rakhe hain Ansu main ne
meri Ankhon ko bhi barasaat ka mauqa de de
ham tere shahar mein aaye hain, musaafir ki tarah-2
bhulana tha to ye iqaraar kiya hi kyun tha-2
bewafa tune mujhe pyaar kiya hi kyun tha
sirf do-chaar savaalaat ka mauqa de de
ham tere shahar mein aaye hain, musaafir ki tarah-2
sirf ek baar mulaaqaat ka mauqa de de
ham tere shahar mein aaye hain, musaafir ki tarah-3


Itna Toota Hoon Keh Chhoonay Se Bikhar (Lyrics: Moin Nazar)

Itna toota hoon kay chooney sey bikhar jaonga
Ab agar aur Dua do gey to mar jaonga
Pooch kar mera pata, waqt rayegaa na karo
Main tu banjara hoon, kya janay kidhar jaonga!
Har taraf dhunnd hai, jugnu hai na chiraag koi
Kon pehchane ga, basti main agar jaonga
Zindagi mai bhi musafir hoon teri kashti ka
Tu jahan mujhse kahegi,utar jaonga
Phool reh jayenge guldaan mein yaadoon ki nazar
Main tu khushboo hoon, fizaon main bikhar jaonga


Hum Ko Kiske Ghum ne Mara / (Lyrics: AHMAD FARAZ)

HUM KO KIS KE GHUM NE MARE YE KAHANI PHIR SAHEE
KIS NE TODA DIL HAMARA YE KAHANI PHIR SAHI..
DIL KE LUTNAY KA SABAB POOCHHO NA SABKE SAAMNE
NAAM AAYEGA TUMHARA YE KAHANI PHIR SAHI..
NAFRATON KE TEER KHAKAR DONSTON KE SHAHER MAIN
HUM NE KIS KIS KO PUKAARA YE KAHANAI PHIR SAHI..
KYA BATAAYEN PYAAR KI BAAZI WAFA KI RAAH MEIN
KAUN JEETA KAUN HAARA YE KAHANI PHIR SAHI..


Hungama Hai Kyon (Lyrics: Akbar Allahabadi)

Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa,
Thoree See Joe Pee Lee Hai
Daaka To Nahin Daala,
Choree To Nahin Kee Hai
Why is there so much hue and cry if I have had some alcohol?
I haven’t robbed someone, nor have I commited any theft.
Us Ma’ay Say Nahin Matlab,
Dil Jis Say Ho Baygaana
Maqsood Hay Oos Ma’ay Se,
Dil Hee Main Jo Khinchtee Hai
(Here in these lines he tries to answer the dogmatic politicians)
Ma’ay here meaning, Wine.
I am not cocerned with that wine, whose consumption does not touch the heart. It does not bother me as it is just for the sake of drinking.
I am bothered with, or by saying ‘wine’, I intend(maqsood) that entity, using which some people are trying to play dirty politics and dividing hearts. (Dil hi me jo khinctee hai).
Na Tajurba-Kari Se,
Va’iz Kee Ye Batain Hain
Us Rung Ko Kya Jaanay,
Pucho To Kabhee Pee Hai?
Inexperienced are the words of the preacher/saintly(Va’iz).
For someone who has never tasted alocohol, can never rightly comment about it.
Sooraj Main Lagay Dhabba,
Fitrat Kay Karishmay Hain
Butt Hum Ko Kahain Kaafir,
Allah Kee Marzee Hai
Sooraj me lage dhabba. Here he tries to say, that during a Solar Eclipse, even the Sun is shadowed, as if a black spot is formed on it. Black spot is signifying a black mark here. (Again in context of the taunting that the poet was subjected to, these lines portray the poet in a carefree/not bothered kind of attitude). ‘Butt humko kahe Kaafir’, as in, the feelingless souls, who are not more than a stone statue(butt), are saying me a traitor(kaafir). Let it be, I take this also as God’s wish ! (Allah ki marzi hai).
Har Zarra Chamakta hai,
Anwar-e-Elaahi Se..
Har Saans ye kehti hai,
Hum Hai to Khudaa Bhi Hai..
Every thing that exists (har zarra) in this universe, is due to the grace of the almighty.(Anwar-e-Elaahi, meaning Grace of God).Then very beautifully the poet says, Har Saans ye kehti hai, Hum hai to Khuda Bhi hai..Its like we are a part of the Lord, and we exist and breathe within his shadow of Divinity.
Har ‘Aatma’ us ‘Parmaatma’ ki chaaya hai..So every breath(har saans) we take reminds us that the Almighty exists(khuda bhi hai) !


Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aansoo Bahana Yaad Hai
(Lyrics: Maulana Hasrat Mohani)

Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka voh zamaana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
Khench le na voh mera parde ka kona daffatan
Aur dupatte se tera voh munh chhupaana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka voh zamaana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
Berukhi ke saath sunna darde dil ki daastan
Woh kalai main tera kangan ghumana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka woh zamana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
Waqte ruksat alvida ka lafz kehne ke liye-3
Woh tere sookhe labon ka thar tharana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka woh zamana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
aagaya kal wasl kee shab bhee kahi zikr-e-firaaq
Woh tera ro ro ke bhi mujhko rulana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka woh zamana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
Do paher ki dhoop mein mere bulaane ke liye
Voh tera kothe pe nange paaon aana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka voh zamaana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai
ba hazaran istirabo sad hazaraan ishteyaque
tujhse vo pehle pehel dil ka lagana yaad hai
Humko ab tak aashiqui ka voh zamaana yaad hai
Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad ha
*jaan kar hota tujhe wo kasad-e-pabosi mera
aur tera thukra ke sar wo muskurana yaad hai
tujhko jab tanha kabhi pana to aj rahe lihaz
hale dil baton hi baton me jatana yaad hai
jab siwa mere tumhara koi diwana na tha
sach kaho kya tumko bhi wo karkhana yaad hai

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