taaj mahal

November 5th, 2006

Here’s the Roman Urdu version of the ‘Taj Mahal’ as promised.  One of the masterpieces written by Sahir, this nazm is really a treat to read.  Although a glossary is presented below, for those interested in the English translation of the nazm, one of them is presented here

taaj mahal

taaj tere liye ik mazhar-e-ulfat hi sahii
tujh ko is vaadii-e-rangeeN se aqeedat hii sahii

merii mehboob kahiiN aur milaa kar mujh se!

bazm-e-shaahii meiN GhariiboN kaa guzar kyaa ma’anii
sabt jis raah pe hoN satwat-e-shaahii ke nishaaN
us pe ulfat bharii ruuhoN kaa safar kyaa ma’anii

merii mehboob pas-e-pardaa-e-tash_heer-e-vafaa
tu ne satwat ke nishaanoN ko to dekhaa hotaa
murdaa shaahoN ke maqaabir se behalne vaalii
apne taareek makaanoN ko to dekhaa hotaa

anginat logoN ne duniyaa meiN muhabbat kii hai
kaun kahtaa hai ki saadiq na the jazbe un ke
lekin un ke liye tash_heer kaa saamaan nahiiN
kyuuN ke vo log bhii apnii hii tarah muflis the

ye imaaraat-o-maqaabir ye faseeleN, ye hisaar
mutla-qulhukm shahanshaahoN kii azmat ke sutuuN
daaman-e-dahar pe us rang kii gulkaarii hai
jis meN shaamil hai tire aur mire ajdaad kaa KhuuN

merii mehboob! uNheiN bhii to muhabbat hogii
jinakii sannaa_ii ne baKhshii hai ise shakl-e-jameel
un ke pyaaroN ke maqaabir rahe benaam-o-namuud
aaj tak un pe jalaa_ii na kisii ne qaNdeel

ye chamanzaar ye jamunaa kaa kinaaraa ye mahal
ye munaqqash dar-o-deevaar, ye mehraab ye taaq
ik shahanshaah ne daulat ka sahaaraa le kar
ham GhariiboN kii muhabbat kaa uRaayaa hai mazaaq

meri mehboob kahiiN aur milaa kar mujh se!

Glossary:


mazhar-e-ulfat = symbol of love
vaadii-e-rangeeN = beautiful valley, spot.
aqeedat = respect, reverence
bazm-e-shaahii = royal courts
sabt = etched
satwat-e-shaahii = royal grandeur
pas-e-parda-e-tash_heer-e-vafaa = behind the veil of this advertisement of love
satwat = grandeur, wealth
maqaabir = tombs
taareek = dark
saadiq = true
tash_heer = advertisement
muflis = poor
hisaar = forts
mutla-qulhukm = arrogant, selfish
azmat = greatness
sutuuN = symbols
daaman-e-dahar = on the face of this world
gulkaari = flowers and vines
ajdaad = ancestors
sannaa_ii = artistry
shakl-e-jameel = beautiful form
benaam-o-namuud = without name or a trace
qandeel = candle
chamanzaar = garden
munaqqash = picturesque

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21 Comments »

  1. Umer Ch. says

    What a beautiful poeam. No one every looked at Taj Mahal with the sight of Sahir, the poet of the poor and oppressed.

    ye chamanzaar ye jamunaa kaa kinaaraa ye mahal
    ye munaqqash dar-o-deevaar, ye mehraab ye taaq
    ik shahanshaah ne daulat ka sahaaraa le kar
    ham GhariiboN kii muhabbat kaa uRaayaa hai mazaaq

    November 19th, 2006 | #

  2. HARIOM says

    CAN U PLZ SEND ME “PARCHHAIYAN”

    TASVURAT KI PARCHHAIYAN UBHRATI HAI ,KAHIN YAKIN KI TARAH KAHIN GUMAN KI TARAH

    January 5th, 2007 | #

  3. sahir.fanatic says

    The nazm has already been posted Hariom sahib, please visit this link:
    http://www.sahirludhianvi.com/blog/index.php/2006/08/19/poetry/parchhaiyaan/

    January 8th, 2007 | #

  4. Zainab says

    Absolutely spectacular, especially the last verse which overturns the entire ode into a brilliant satire – wah, kya baat hai Sahir sahb!

    June 16th, 2007 | #

  5. sanjay ranjan says

    kya baat hai sahir sahab aapne to hamesa hum garibon ko rasta dikhaya hai kya aap mujhe puri talkhiyan mail kar sakte hain?

    March 28th, 2008 | #

  6. "Beekay" Srinivas says

    The “shair” beginning with ‘Daaman-e-dahar pe….’ is different in the urdu version I have. It reads: “Seena dhar ke nasoor haiN….nasoor Jazb hai in me tere mare ajdad ka khoon.” Was Taj Mahal written in two different versions? Please help me. Thank you…..Beekay Srinivas.

    April 6th, 2008 | #

  7. sahir.fanatic says

    Beekay sahib,

    I have several versions of this nazm and they all say “daaman-e-dahar…”, I think you may have a wrong version of it.
    The lines you provided, especially the second one (nasoor jazb hai…) is not in the same meter as this whole nazm, it is definitely a mistake in your book.
    Sorry for the late reply.

    April 17th, 2008 | #

  8. Naz says

    Can u send me an analysis of this poem??

    June 17th, 2008 | #

  9. misbah says

    most beautiful
    but it shows passism quit contrary to shakeel badayooni which gives impression of his poetry obtrimism
    misbah

    March 29th, 2009 | #

  10. AR.MUSTAFA says

    i love it. i was in 1st year of my college my teacher SIR RASHID was a poet he used to ready poetry books once he bring taj mahel by SAHIR LUDHIANVI and i read that book and this poem took me away

    July 7th, 2011 | #

  11. Muhammad Awais says

    Aala…Great…
    Awesome….
    :cry

    July 15th, 2011 | #

  12. kashif says

    boht such ha es me.

    July 25th, 2011 | #

  13. Umer Kamran says

    UNBELIEVEALBE FACT
    Jb Sahir ny ye nazm likhi thi tb us ny TAJ MAHAL nhi dykha hoa tha,
    Nazm likhny k bad Sahir ny TAJ MAHAL dyakha

    September 4th, 2011 | #

  14. Meri mehboob kahin aur milaa kar mujhse « atul's bollywood song a day- with full lyrics says

    […] but also for its romantic aura. But Sahir Ludhianvi had a contrarian view which he expressed in his poem on Taj Mahal . In a nutshell, he regarded Taj Mahal as an opulent monument built by an emperor on the strength […]

    May 4th, 2012 | #

  15. Ahsan says

    It was my days in dav college julunder city year 1947.i memories this poem.at present I am in USA.today August 18 2012, as I woke up after mymi day slumber. As faaiz ahmad faaiz wrote. Jasay wear a me bahar ah jayey

    Iwas reciting this poem iam 85 now.it was like the stuff dreams are made of. Iusd to make parody. Mere mehboob sabzi mundi mien Milan kar muj ko.

    August 17th, 2012 | #

  16. Vijay Nagar says

    I,with thousands of Urdu poetry lovers believe that ‘Tajmahal’ has been a turning point of Urdu poetry.Mark the vivid difference between pre-Tajmahal and post Tajmahal poems.this historic nazm has not only liked by numerous readers,but inspired contemporary and future eminent Urdu poets.What I personally feel is that Sahir sahab has been undervalued by critics who categorized him as a mere film-lyricist and not a great and extremely original poet.

    May 1st, 2013 | #

  17. R. bhawani Prasad says

    This is what Ravindranath Tagore, India’s and Bangladesh’s Nobel Laureate said of the Taj ..
    Let the splendor of diamond, pearl, and ruby vanish
    like the magic shimmer of the rainbow.
    Only let this one tear-drop, this Tajmahal,
    glisten spotlessly bright
    on the cheek of time, forever and ever.

    May 29th, 2013 | #

  18. Ghazal (1964) | Dustedoff says

    […] While Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist, the story is such that it restricts him to romantic verse, little of it as memorable as some of Sahir’s more revolutionary poetry (thought: Considering Ejaz was supposed to have been a revolutionary poet, this could have been a good opportunity to have him spout some truly hard-hitting poetry, à la Vijay in Pyaasa. An opportunity, sadly, that’s passed up). There is one song, however, that is derived from one of Sahir’s best-known poems: Taj tere liye ek mazhar-e-ulfat… includes sections from Sahir’s famous poem, Taj Mahal. […]

    June 14th, 2014 | #

  19. vivek singh says

    Har akl ne isako parkha
    Isako dekha har maheer ne
    Lekin koi dekh na paya
    Jaise dekha tha shahir ne

    March 19th, 2015 | #

  20. Jake says

    Hi, can you please send me a copy of analysis of this poem(The Taj Mahal) using at least three of the following theories: psychoanalysis, new criticism, deconstructivism, reader-response, Marxism, feminism, and structural. send it in my email. thanks!

    June 28th, 2015 | #

  21. Vijay Nagar says

    It is a fact that Sahir wrote this nazm without visiting Taj.He had an identical thought to write a poem on Noorjahan prior to it.His close friends insisted and inspired him to write on Taj,and thus came this historical piece of Urdu poetry to several readers.
    Hai koi Sahir ka jawab?
    Many more poets have written on Taj…….but Sahir is ultimately Sahir.

    July 22nd, 2015 | #

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