Saturday, 25 March 2006

Flowers of Gulzar's Mind


Poetry.
What is poetry? If looked at from a literal and basic sense, it is quite easy to say that it is just a string of words streamed together in verse, keeping in mind a few norms of writing, and staying in a certain rhythm. However, if we go deeper into the meaning, poetry can be described as a flow of ideas presented through the ink of the poet's feelings, ideas and maybe even some hypothetically posed questions.

It is not an easy task to put your deepest thoughts, sentiments and desires on paper, and it is even more difficult to put these pieces of a person's mind out into the bare public view, for everyone to read. In the case of film lyricists, the situations and subject of the verses are already provided for, but even then, a part of the poet's or lyricist's own sentiments always accompanies the fabricated lyrics on set situations of cinema. One such person, who has shared his most profound lines of verse with us, through several decades of Hindi Cinema is an undoubted poetic genius, Gulzar.

His life and works can be found anywhere on the net, so here i'm just gonna share my feelings towards his words. I was recently analyzing the kind of music I like. I got out all my favourite songs, and lined them up. Then, one by one, I went ahead and googled the songs up. What I found out wasnt unexpected exactly, just a little surprising. At least 95% of my absolute favourite songs had one thing in common: They had the R.D.Burman-Gulzar combo. Starting to list all of those brilliant songs would require no less than an eternity, but then, I just cannot resist myself from listing at least some examples. Songs like "Ek Akela Iss Shehar Mein"(Gharonda), "Roz Roz Aakhon Tale"(Jeeva), " Seeli Hawa Choo Gayi"(Libaas), "Jaane Kya Sochkar"(Kinara), "Mera Kuchh Samaan"(Ijaazat), "Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi"(Masoom), "Tere Bina Jiya"(Ghar), and many more, are just examples of the exceptionally talented duo.

People say Gulzar's lyrics were/are unconvetional and too "off the mark" to really understand. I mean, when do you usually hear such unusual metaphors like "Seeli hawa chhoo gayi, seela badan chhil gaya". True, these words are not the ones that people just humm and sing for the heck of it, and then forget before you even get to the next line. These verses really compel you to stop, go back to what you just heard, and try to comprehend the profoundness of the meaning. Every metaphor or simile, every little play-on-words, used has a meaning so deep and so enchanting that once you really understand it, you just cannot help but giving in to the sheer beauty and brilliance by which such simple thoughts are presented. The ideas of love, longing, joy, dismay etc, have been used time and again, but every single time that Gulzar saab has presented these very ideas in his choice of lyrics, even the most trivial of ideas becomes so deep that they find their way right to the heart!

If i was ever told to pick out my absolutely most touching Gulzar song, it is needless to say that I will find myself at a total loss! But, yes, i can say there are some songs and ghazals which have touched me more than others. Maybe because, some words and ideas have been able to tap my sensibilities more than others, or maybe that i have lacked in the maturity to really comprehend the meanings behind some poetry. Nonetheless, I guess that is the beauty of Gulzar's lyrics, they affect you in different ways through different stages of life.

One such example that i can dig out from my memory is "Dil Dhoondta Hai"(Mausam; Music: Madan Mohan ). I've heard this song at different phases of my life, and every single time, i've been able to derive entirely new meaning out of it. While, some years back, i just heard it for the pleasant tune, some years later i actually began to understand the first stanza and its meaning. Some more years down the line, i could actually interpret the ambiguous meanings of the words, and it wasnt long ago that I actually felt myself attaching my own personal memories to the pearls of Gulzar's mind, the sheer greatness of the poetry. It was as if, that one song and its words were enough to submerge me into my own memories and swim in the flowing rhythm of the music as words softly carried me into the oblivions of the most hidden portions of my soul...

I find myself rather insignificant to be able to end this post with my own words, while i'm talking about a poetic genius. Here are words...which have moved me time and again...and give full justice the poet I truly respect, Gulzar.

jeene ke liye socha hi nahi,
dard sambhalane honge
muskurayen to, muskurane ke karz utaarne honge
muskuraoon kabhi to lagata hai
jaise honton pe karz rakhaa hai
tujhse naraz nahi zindagi ...
(Masoom)

28 comments:

Crime Master Gogo said...

Neha,

To be honest I dont have the words to describe what I just read. Is it a teenaged girl pouring her heart out or is it a genius at work? It could be a combination of both really.

Cheers,
Anuj

Chandy said...

i am actuali rendered speechless jus lyk Nuuj..u noe...i always thought it wud b impossible 2 describe da effects of truly beautiful lyrics...but u managed dat...on impulse :-)

RD Burman and Gulzar are a brilliant combination...dey honestly noe how 2 captivate a listener :) and i reli lyk da songs u included 2 (wel, da 1s that iv herd :P)...especiali tujhse naraz nahi! :)

Nirwa said...

:-S

Amit said...

Dear Neha,

Gulzar...The very mention of the name brings awe,respect,nostalgia,euphoria,ecstasy,..and find all similar words in teh dictionary..

The man..who started with 'Mora gora rang laile' of Bandini showed promise to be DIFFERENT from the very first song. Gulzar songs for one, have never been run of the mill..even if he wrote a 'Kajra re', he put meaning into it. And his liasion with pancham was the most cherishable.

You may have heard this already..Pancham after putting to tune.."Mera kuchch saaman" joked that one day Gulzar would bring a prose from TOI to be put to tune by him! Yeah, if anyone could understand Gulzar and his poetry the best, it was RD. I am not too sure whether RD-Gulzar combo started only after Madan Mohan left for his heavenly abode and Gulzar HAD to pick up someone to fill the void...Whatever it was, it left a beautiful legacy of music and poetry which have lifelong shelf value..

Coming to ur posting, I am just surprised,shocked, and amazed at ur maturity to understand such poignant art..whereas the teeny weenies are dancing to the tunes of Himesh and his likes, thank God we have such sensible young ones who live the music that made sense!

To be contd..

I've to get back to work...But I would return!:)

Amit

Anuj said...

Oh Amit bhaiya... waiting for your part - 2.

Chandy said...

but amiiiit...sum of himesh reshamiya's songs actuali do rock! and im not a teeny weeny :P

*jhalak dikhlaja, jhalak dikhlaja, ek baar aaja aaja aaja aaja aaja* :P tuune!!!! :P

Rebellion said...

I don't have the words to describe ur post Neha.. As Anuj said.. a teenager's thoughts or a genius at work?!!! I said this is my prev comment too.. You're not just a kid standing out there just commenting.. You're much more than that and you proved it in this post!

Awesome one dear.. All I can say is that and that I personally agree with you totally...

Keep em on..

Take care,
Aarti

Amit said...

Refer:

http://www.answers.com/gulzar..

Chronologically backwards(starting with the latest).I would write a 'R' before the ones by Pancham..Lemme see how many I get correct..!

Omkara [Othello]
Yahaan
Paheli
Bunty Aur Babli
Raincoat
Chupke Se
Maqbool
Pinjar
Saathiya
Makdee
Dil Vil Pyar Vyar
Lal Salaam
Leela
Filhaal
Asoka
Aks
Fiza
Khoobsurat - new one?(Sajnay Dutt and Urmila?)

Hu Tu Tu
Jahan Tum Le Chalo
Dil Se
Satya
Chachi 420
Aastha
Maachis
Daayraa
Mammo
Rudaali
Maya Memsaab
Lekin
Libaas - R
Ijaazat - R
Ek Pal
Jeeva - R
Ghulami
Tarang
Masoom - R
Sadma
Angoor
Namkeen - R
Sitam
Naram Garam
Basera - R
Sitara - R
Thodisi Bewafaii
Khubsoorat - R
Swayamvar
Griha Pravesh - R
Gol Maal - R
Ratnadeep - R
Ghar - R
Devata - R
Khatta Meetha
Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein
Gharaonda - R
Kinara - R
Shaque
Aandhi - R
Khushboo - R
Mausam
Doosri Sita
Parichay - R
Koshish
Anubhav
Guddi
Mere Apne
Seema
Anand
Khamoshi
Rahgir
Aashirwad
Do Dooni Char
Biwi Aur Makaan
Sannata
Purnima
Bandini
Prem Patra
Kabuliwala
Shriman Satyawadi
Swami Vivekananda

Add to this his non-film albums and Jagjit Singh's ghazals ..Mirza Ghalib and all..


Amit:)

The Rebel said...
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Neha said...

Replies

Anuj: hehe...just a silly teenager, who has nothing better to do than pouring all her thoughts out in writing :P! Genius? Naaahhhh...

Chandy: I found it quite hard to describe those lyrics too...i mean, how can u ever describe brilliance of that calibre?? Yeah...i loooove Tujhse Naraz Nahi

Nirwa: Lol..

Neha said...

Amit

( Reply of Comments 1 and 2)

You are spot on when you say that Gulzar's name itself evokes those emotions. Different is like Gulzar's middle name! No wonder, in the sea of writers and lyricists he's undoubtedly one of the greatest, looking at how long he's lasted and what unforgettable words he's written!!

Hehe..yeah i'd heard of how difficult it was for RD to put Mera Kuchh Saman into tune. It was more of a prose than poetry really, but gosh...what marvellous thoughts!

Coming to your thoughts about my posting...hehe, well i dont think its just me...Gulzar's poetry would do this to anyone!! I'm still just a silly little teenager who just happens to have come across the gems of music :)!

Oh..btw...that list of all of Gulzar's movies is mighty incredible! And yeah..hehe most of my fav lyrics come from the RD-Gulzar combo!!

Anyways, thanx for that detailed comment and the compliments!!

Neha

Neha said...

Anuj: Hehe....check out his comment now!

Chandy: eeeeeeee....that song is sooo annoying!! Hehe!!

Aarti: Lol...i should hire you as my PR agent...you'd be great promoting me :D! Hehe..ok jokes apart, i'm not a genius yaa...just love to write :)! Pehle bolne ki aadat thi, ab likhne ki hai :D!!

Thanx a bunch all of u for commenting!!

Neha

renu ahuja said...

jab jab lafzon ko kalam se ootaaraa
tab tab saahilon ne manzil ko pukaaraa
rang diyaa zaraa zarraa taar taar
choo ke dil ke taar har baar
lafzon ke jaadoogar-'GULZAAR'

Nehaa ji, I too am fan of gulzaar sahub, and liked your article; and penned down my reaction poetically.

jEDI said...

Gulzar is a great poet without doubt. However, how suitable his poetry is for Hindi "fillum" songs is debatable. RD Burman once famously said that "Its easier to compose a song using a newspaper headline than Gulzar's lyrics" Unfortunately, not every composer is Pnacham Da :)

I like most of the songs you listed there. Somehow lately whenever I think Gulzaar I think Maachis. Perhaps in recent years this was one of his works that left a lasting impression on me.

jedi

Neha said...

Replies

Renu : Thanx for commenting and for the lovely poetry :)!

Jedi : Well, i'm so glad we have people like Gulzar who do NOT write the typical bollywood poetry!! Yeah..Maachis was really really brilliant! Chhod Aaye Hum has fantastic lyrics!

Neha

Supremus said...

The last time Gulzar impressed me was Dilse and Maachis. I would agree with jEDI on all he said above!

I didnt know you were musical ... I mean into music :P

Suyog

Neha said...

Supremus,

Yeah..Maachis was the work of a genius for sure!

Hehe..i didnt know i'm musical myself...till people started telling me!

Anyways, thanx for ur comment!
Neha

Saurabh said...

Hi Neha,

I really wonder how I reached to your blog!! I was actually searching for those line by Gulzar which he recorded, in his deep baritone voice, before the song 'Ek akela is shehar mein' and google pages brought me here...
I must say that your thoughts were honest and beautiful. Believe me, I am forced to write this. Congrats!!
It appears that you really like ghazals and poetry with some meaning......
My advice is totally uncalled for, but I will suggest you to also try Mir Taqi Mir, Faiz and needless to mention 'Ghaalib'...

Way to Go.
Saurabh

Anonymous said...

good points and the details are more precise than elsewhere, thanks.

- Thomas

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