Tuesday, September 26, 2006


For the Lost Love:

ik kudi / A girl
jihda naam mohabbat / whose name is love
saad muradi / simple, dainty
sohni fabbat /a lovely sight
gumm hai gumm hai / she is lost
gumm hai / lost
gumm hai / lost
gumm hai / she is lost

surat osdi / Her face
parian vargi / A fairy's likeness,
seerat di o / temper
Mariam lagdi / a picture of Mary
hasdi hai tan / when she laughts
phul ne jhardhey / the petals fall
turdi hay tan / when she walks
ghazal hai lagdi / a melody plays
lamm salami / her graceful height
saru kadd di / like a wicker tree

umar ajey hai mar ke agdi / her years are still of nascence
par naina di / but the language of eyes
gal samajhdi / she comprehends

gummian janam janam / she is lost from many
han hoye / births ago
lagda iyon jyon kal / though it seems as affair of yesterday
di gal hai / yesterday / why, it seems an affair of today
iyon lagdai jion ajj di gal hai / why, it seems this
iyon lagdai jion hun / moments affair
di gal hai hune taan mere kol kharhi si / just now she stood by my side
hune tan mere kol nahi hai / and now she has vanished
ai keha chhal kehi bhatkan / what trick what chase is this
soch meri hairaan barri hai / my senses, they're mystified
os kudi nu tol rahi hai / searching for that girl

oss kudi nu meri saunh hai / I call out to that girl in my name
os kudi nu apni saunh hai / I call out to that girl in my name
os kudi nu sab di saunh hai / I call out to that girl in my name
os kudi nu rab di saunh hai / I call out to that girl in my name

jey kittey parhdi sunhdi hove / if she reads or hears this
jeyundi jan o mar rahi hovey / if she be alive or dying
ik vari aa ke mil javey / come and meet me once
vafa meri nu daag na laavey / do not sully my devotion

nahi tan maithon jia na janda / lest I can't live
geet koi likhia na janda nor write a word
nahi tan maithon jia na janda / lest I can't live
geet koi likhia na janda / nor write a word
nahi tan maithon jia na janda / lest I can't live

Spl Thanks to Writer(who pasted this song for us on comments) and to

P.S I Wish to See Rabbi Shergill Website coming up some day. Else I would be highly obliged to make one with my friends in our free time. (I hope Sam doesnt kick me for committing something like this). I guess we guys deserve atleast Rabbi's Email address atleast :-). I hope its not too much to ask for..

Update: We now have a video of the original poem sung by Shiv Kumar Batalvi. Check out this post.


blah_blah_blogger said...

Hey...check out this link for lyrics and meaning of Ek Geet Hijar Da...


Swagata said...

aren't these the greatest lyrics ever written, rabbi's songs have a strange effect on u, it's not music, its feelings that just enters you, bring tears to ur eyes even if u dnt understand each word, but thanks a tonn for this translation!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ofcourse i hope ppl do realise/know that Ishtihaar is actualy poem written by late great Shiv Kumar Batalvi.
No doubt Rabbi made a great album too but Shiv Kumar was greatest ;)

appetite4destruction said...

as pointed out by anonymous its a Shiv Kumar Batalvi poem . Real media link in Batalvi's own voice

Anonymous said...

can some one pleaaaaaase post the lyrics of 'Aaj nachna song' ?

Amit Malhotra said...

I just got to know about Rabbi Shergill and I didn't know he had sung Ishtihaar by Shiv Kumar Batalvi. I just heard his version, no doubt Rabbi sang it very well, but the way Shiv Kumar recited it at the link posted by appetite4des... is just the most beautiful thing you will ever hear. Shiv's pain is so apparent in his words, which Rabbi kinda failed to show. Again, Rabbi sings very well, bulla ki jana and the song from Delhi Heights is beautiful! Full lyrics of ishtehaar are also on my blog (complete poem, with even the paragraphs that Rabbi ommitted) - http://www.tanhaa.net/index.php/2007/09/10/ishtehaar-shiv-kumar-batalvi/


Adi said...

Thank you for sharing.
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ALOK P said...

i liked dis song very much but u didn't have lyrics so here u are!!
rectification is expected.....
tears fell down my eyes wenever i listen dis song

sun totia manmotia
ve tu oss gali na jaa
othe rende ne jat bahre
oho leinde faainya paa
othun udd gaya din chainn na
othey ayi haneri raein
othey sabne paye gaatre
othey sabne vechi behn

tu na javin othey
na javin othey-2

sun totiye manmotiye
mainu vaaj na pichon maar
ni main chaleya apne hi watan
chaleya apni than
mera allan baleya vairiya
menu ditta des nikal
bin dana pani jee lawan
bin anakh me jee na sakaan

ni main jaana othey-4

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kyu na maniyo meri baat
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kyu tu aya hon hataak
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udd jawaa ethu
kithe jawaa ethu-8