Monday, July 7, 2008

Faiz Ahmad Faiz: Aaj bazaar mein

A rare treat on You Tube. A video of Faiz himself reciting one of his most famous poems of protest. The second half of the video is the nazm put to music and sung by Nayyara Noor to a nicely edited video. I know you can just listen to the poem, but its so beautiful I can't help write it out here:

chashm-e-nam, jaan-e-shoridah kaafii nahiiN
tohmat-e-ishq poshidah kaafii nahiiN
aaj baazaar meiN paa bajaulaa chalo

dast afshaaN chalo, mast-o-raqsaaN chalo
;xaak bar sar chalo, ;xooN ba daamaaN chalo
raah taktaa hai sab, shahar-e-jaanaaN chalo

haakim-e-shahar bhi, majmaa-e-aam bhii
subah-e-naashaad bhi, roz-e-naakaam bhii
tiir-e-ilzaam bhi, san;G-e-dushnaam bhii,

inka dam saaz apne siva kaun hai?
shahar-e-jaanaaN meiN ab baa safaa kaun hai?
dast-e-qaatil ke shaayaaN rahaa kaun hai?

ra;xt-e-dil baandh lo, dil figaaroN chalo
phir hamii qatl hoo aaeN yaaroN...chalo!


  1. in tears my friend...thanks so much for sharing....

  2. Amazing...Im in love with this composition and could not have expected to express myself in any better wayat this point in a positive way. I feel positive with this song and I most definately tend to cheer failed love.