Melodies From The Golden Era of Music in Bollywood!

Lyrics(Hindi)

अजीब दास्तान है ये, कहाँ शुरू कहाँ ख़तम
ये मंज़िलें हैं कौनसी, न वो समझ सके न हम

ये रोशनी के साथ क्यों, धुआँ उठाचिराग से
ये ख्वाब देखती हूँ मैं के जाग पड़ी हूँ ख्वाब से

मुबारक तुम्हे के तुम किसी के नूर हो गये
किसी के इतने पास हो के सब से दूर हो गये!

किसी का प्यार लेके तुम नया जहाँ बसाओगे
ये शाम जब भी आएगी, तुम हमको याद आओगे

Youtube Link For The Song

Lyrics(Translated)

It’s a strange tale, whence it begins and ends?

How far have we come, neither they knows nor I,

Why this smoke with the lamp’s flame?

I see a dream that I’ve woken up from this dream!

Congratulations! you’ve become someone’s light,

So close to someone, so far away from everyone else!

You will create another life with someone’s love,

I will miss you every evening!

Shailendra’s lyrics are the key highlight of the song. Though Shankar-Jaikishan’s music and performances by actors(Meena Kumari in particular) are very beautiful too. The chorus increases soothing harmonious nature of this strangely beautiful song. Following couplet impresses me in particular. The song is about unrequited love and Shailendra beautifully expressed it with his pen! What a beauty!

ये रोशनी के साथ क्यों, धुआँ उठाचिराग से
ये ख्वाब देखती हूँ मैं के जाग पड़ी हूँ ख्वाब से

Why this smoke with the lamp’s flame?

I see a dream that I’ve woken up from this dream!

This couplet has comely imagery and metaphor. It’s mystical in its essence. The unrequited lover is using a metaphor or maybe not. Let’s see:

Interpretation #1

Taking words literally: That she is watching a dream in which there is a lamp and there’s smoke with the light–then she wakes up from the dream. In this case the waking up from the dream is insignificant but smoke with light suggests that there’s something unwanted along with something good–play of light and darkness.

Interpretation #2

The second meaning is–that she is using a metaphor about her relationship. The delusion of having a relation with her lover can be compared to a dream. Now since she is still talking about him-she feels that the breaking-away from him was merely a dream.

Such genius of using beautiful metaphors made classical lyricists memorable. These days it’s rarely seen. Shankar Jaikishan’s music has a nice panache and rhythm in this song–influenced by Western classical music I suppose. A beautiful melody indeed!

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