Begum Akhtar sings Ghalib

Today is Mirza Ghalib’s birthday. What a wonderful opportunity to bring together my favorite ghazal singer and my favorite shaayar!

Here is a small selection:

Koi ummeed bar nahin aati
Aage aati thi haale dil pe hansi
Ab kissi baat par nahin aati!

Hai kuch aisi hi baat jo chup hoon
Warna kya baat kar nahin aati!

Ibne Maryam hua kare koi
Mere dukh ki dawa kare koi!
Na suno gar bura kahe koi
Na kaho gar bura kare koi!

Mere humnafas mere humnawa
Mujhe dost ban ke dagha na de!
Main hoon darde ishq se jaanwalab
Mujhe zindagi ki dua na de!

Mere Daagh-e-dil se hai roshni
Issi roshni se hai zindagi
Mujhe daar hai ai mere chaaragar
Yeh charaagh tu hi bujha na de!

Phir Mujhe deeda-e-tar yaad aaya
Dil jigar tashna-e-fariyaad aaya!

Zindagi yoon bhi guzar hi jaati
Kyun tera raah guzar yaad aaya!

Yeh na thi humari kismat ki vissale yaar hota
Agar aur jeete rehte yehi intezaar hota!
Koi mere dil se pooche tere teere neemkash ko
Yeh khalish kahaan se hoti jo jigar ke paar hota!

And so many more – such shayari and mousiki combined can elevate the mood to another plane.

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