Ishtehaar – Shiv Kumar Batalvi

Listen to this beautiful nazm by Shiv Kumar Batalvi – master of Punjabi poetry… and read the poem below.  Can anybody argue he was not the best? His voice, his rendition of this nazm, makes you shed some tears inside…

Ishtehaar

ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat gum hai, gum hai gum hai
saad muraadi soni phabbat, gum hai, gum hai gum hai

suurat osdi pariyaaN vargi, seerat di o Mariam lagdi
hasdi hai taaN phul jhaRde ne, Turdi hai taa Ghazal hai lagdi
lamm-salammi, saru de kad di, umr aje hai marke agg di
par nainaa di gal samajhdii

ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
gum hai gum hai gum hai

gummeyaaN janam janam han hoye, par lagda jyoN kal di gal hai
yuuN lagda jyoN ajj di gal hai, yuuN lagda jyoN hun di gal hai
hune taaN mere kol khaRi si, hune taaN mere kol nahiiN hai
eh ki chhal hai, eh kii phaTkan, soch meri hairaan baRii hai
nazar meri har aaNde jaaNde, chahre daa rang phol rahii hai
os kuRi nuu Tol rahii hai

ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
gum hai gum hai gum hai

shaam Dhale baazaaraaN de jad moRaaN te khushbuu ugdi hai
vehal, thakaavaT, bechainii jad chauraaheyaaN te aa juRdi hai
raule lippi tanhaaii vich os kuRi di thuR khaaNdi hai
os kuRi di thuR disdi hai

ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
gum hai gum hai gum hai

har chhin maiNu yuuN lagdaa hai, har din maiNu yuuN lagdaa hai
jooRe jashan te bheeRaaN vichoN, jooRii mahak de jhurmaT vichoN
o maiNu aawaaz davegi, maiN ohnu pahchaan lavaaNgaa
o maiNu pahchaan lavaagii

par es raule de haR vichoN koi maiNu aawaaz na deNda
koi vi mere vall na vehndaa
par khore kyoN Tapala lagda, par khore kyoN jhaulla paiNda
har din har ik bheeR juRii choN, but ohnda jyuuN langh ke jaandaa
par maiNu hi nazar na aaunda, par maiNu hi nazar na aaunda

gum gayii maiN us kuRi de, chehre de vich gummeyaa rahNdaa
os de gham vich khuRdaa rahndaa

ek kuRi jida naam muhabbat
gum hai gum hai gum hai

os kuRi nu meri sauN hai, os kuRi nu apni sauN hai
os kuRi nu jag di sauN hai, os kuRi nu rab di sauN hai
je kite paRdi sundi hove, jyuuNdii jaa o mar rahi hove
ik vaari aa ke mil jaave, vafaa meri nu daaGh naa laave
nahiiN taaN methoN jiyaa naa jaaNdaa
geet koi likheyaa nahiiN jaaNdaa

ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
gum hai gum hai gum hai

7 thoughts on “Ishtehaar – Shiv Kumar Batalvi

  1. sir, i am very glad to see the shiv poem on your site, i respect shiv as my guru i have not seen him alive but i have read everything he wrote.
    thanks again , i was actually searching for ghazal meter.

    ragards
    sat pal

  2. I’m not sure whether Punjabi poetry follows the same rules as Urdu be’hr, but if I were to take a guess at it, due to the flexibility this meter has .. it must be a variant of Mir’s Hindi meter which has the following structure:
    22 – 22 – 22 – 22 – 22 – 22 – 22 – 2

    where each (and any) odd number 2 can be replaced by 11 so ultimately it can take this form as well:

    211-211-211-211-211-211-211-2(1)

    This is just a guess after briefly trying to figure out the meter of the nazm. (By the way, as far as I know, this is not a Ghazal, although I can’t say for sure whether one would classify this as a “geet” or “nazm” but definitely not a Ghazal.

  3. this is most sad and good nazm of world. mere khal nal har kise de nal eh ghatana gati hai bhavee uh jina margi apne ap nu brahamchari kyo na samje. ” i like this nazm very much”

  4. Ishtehaar

    ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat gum hai, gum hai gum hai
    saad muraadi soni phabbat, gum hai, gum hai gum hai

    suurat osdi pariyaaN vargi, seerat di o Mariam lagdi
    hasdi hai taaN phul jhaRde ne, Turdi hai taa Ghazal hai lagdi
    lamm-salammi, saru de kad di, umr aje hai marke agg di
    par nainaa di gal samajhdii

    ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
    gum hai gum hai gum hai

    gummeyaaN janam janam han hoye, par lagda jyoN kal di gal hai
    yuuN lagda jyoN ajj di gal hai, yuuN lagda jyoN hun di gal hai
    hune taaN mere kol khaRi si, hune taaN mere kol nahiiN hai
    eh ki chhal hai, eh kii phaTkan, soch meri hairaan baRii hai
    nazar meri har aaNde jaaNde, chahre daa rang phol rahii hai
    os kuRi nuu Tol rahii hai

    ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
    gum hai gum hai gum hai

    shaam Dhale baazaaraaN de jad moRaaN te khushbuu ugdi hai
    vehal, thakaavaT, bechainii jad chauraaheyaaN te aa juRdi hai
    raule lippi tanhaaii vich os kuRi di thuR khaaNdi hai
    os kuRi di thuR disdi hai

    ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
    gum hai gum hai gum hai

    har chhin maiNu yuuN lagdaa hai, har din maiNu yuuN lagdaa hai
    jooRe jashan te bheeRaaN vichoN, jooRii mahak de jhurmaT vichoN
    o maiNu aawaaz davegi, maiN ohnu pahchaan lavaaNgaa
    o maiNu pahchaan lavaagii

    par es raule de haR vichoN koi maiNu aawaaz na deNda
    koi vi mere vall na vehndaa
    par khore kyoN Tapala lagda, par khore kyoN jhaulla paiNda
    har din har ik bheeR juRii choN, but ohnda jyuuN langh ke jaandaa
    par maiNu hi nazar na aaunda, par maiNu hi nazar na aaunda

    gum gayii maiN us kuRi de, chehre de vich gummeyaa rahNdaa
    os de gham vich khuRdaa rahndaa

    ek kuRi jida naam muhabbat
    gum hai gum hai gum hai

    os kuRi nu meri sauN hai, os kuRi nu apni sauN hai
    os kuRi nu jag di sauN hai, os kuRi nu rab di sauN hai
    je kite paRdi sundi hove, jyuuNdii jaa o mar rahi hove
    ik vaari aa ke mil jaave, vafaa meri nu daaGh naa laave
    nahiiN taaN methoN jiyaa naa jaaNdaa
    geet koi likheyaa nahiiN jaaNdaa

    ik kuRi jidaa naam muhabbat
    gum hai gum hai gum hai

  5. Shikra – The Hawk

    Maae! Ni maae!
    MaeN ik shikra yaar banaaiya.
    Uhde sir te kalgi,
    Te uhde paereeN jhaaNjhar,
    Te o chog chugeeNda aaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Ik uhde roop di
    Dhup tikheri,
    Dooja mahikaaN da tirhaaiya,
    Teeja uhda raNg gulaabi
    Kise gori ma da jaaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Naeni uhde
    Chet di aathan,
    Ate zulfeeN saavan CHaaya.
    HoTHaaN de vich kahte da
    Koi dihooN chaRne te aaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    SaahvaaN de vich
    Phul soiyaaN de
    Kise baag chanan da laaiya.
    Dehi deh vich kheDe chetar,
    ItraaN naal nuhaaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    BolaaN de vich
    Paun pure di,
    Ni o koyilaaN da hamsaaya.
    ChiTe daNd jyuN dhaano bagala,
    TauRi maar uDaaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Ishke da
    Ik palaNgh nuwaari
    AsaaN chaananiyaaN vich Daahiya.
    Tan di chaadar ho gayi maeli
    Us paer ja palaNghe paaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Dukhan mere
    NaenaaN de koye,
    Vich haR haNjhuaaN da aaiya.
    Saari raat gayi vich sochaaN
    Us e ki zulam kamaaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Subaah savere
    Lae ni vaTana
    AsaaN mal mal us nuhaaiya.
    Dehi vichoN niklan chingaaN
    Te saaDa hath giya kumhalaaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Choori kuTaaN
    Te o khaaNda naaheeN
    Uhnu dil da maas khavaaiya.
    Ik uDaari aesi maari
    O muR vatani na aaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

    Maae! Ni maae!
    MaeN ik shikra yaar banaaiya.
    Uhde sir te kalgi
    Te uhde paereeN jhaaNjhar,
    Te o chog chugeeNda aaiya.
    Ni maeN vaari jaaN!

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