Gulzar Saab (GS) has always come across as a poet who widely uses everyday terms in lyrics who manages to impart the deepest of meanings to the songs. As a child I never could appreciate lines when they appeared on DD’s classic serial – Mirza Ghalib. There could not have been a better rhyme to the life of Ghalib and there couldn’t have been a better man to pay that respect than GS.
For me Gulzar, without doubt is the messiah of emblematic poems. He has been gifted to redefine the meaning of those ordinary things around us. His writings stem from right beneath the earth and stretch to touch your soul. He has written some of the finest lyrics in Hindi movies.
I, being an all time admirer of his songs, I wish to put down in a list, what I feel are his best songs. It’s impossible to select a few best songs of GS, since so many of them drip with his natural vividness. The ones listed are the ones which I often find myself humming through the day. I feel the boom of his songs in my mind and see them as a depiction of my own life.
He described life in his songs very marvellously in the vein of—
1. ‘Thoda hai thode ki zaroorat hai, zindagi phir bhi yahan khoobsoorat hai ’ is so true to the ears.
2. ‘Tujhse naraz nahi zindagi, hairan hun mein’ now and then we all are incapable to appreciate what comes to us in life and why. Don’t we all sense the same?
3. ‘Katra katra milti hai, katra katra jeene do, zindagi hai, behne do’ use of ’katra katra’ relating it to action moments of life, which should be lived, is superb.
4. ‘ Aanewaala pal, jaane waala hai., ho sake to ismein zindagi bita do, pal jo ye jaane waala hai’ is a very positive way of looking at life.
In section of emotions of love and separation, GS brings out the deepest joy and pain hidden in the feeling through his songs.
1. ‘Tere bina zindagi se shikwa toh nahi, tere bina zindagi bhi lekin zindagi toh nahi’, the distinction between ’living’ and ’existing’, like what is said here, wonderfully!
2. ‘Mera kuch samaan, tumhare paas pada hai, sawan ke kuch bheege bheege din rakhe hain’ in which the girl asks her beloved to return the timeless and splendid love-filled moments they had spent together, on their separation.
3. ‘Tum pukar lo, tumhara intezar hai, khwaab bun rahi hai raat, bekaraar hai, tumhara intezaar hai’ , it highlights earthy things such as air, water and night in his songs and relate them to human feelings.
Talking about romance and the love, the following songs are absolutely enchanting.
1. ‘Woh sham kuch ajeeb thi, ye sham bhi ajeeb hai, woh kal bhi paas paas thi, woh aaj bhi kareeb hai. It charms me more and more as I hear it daily.
2. ‘ Tera bina jiya jaaye na’ – beautifully written and equally well composed by Pancham.
3. ’Aapki aakhon mein kuch mehke hue se raaz hain aapse bhi khoobsoorat apke andaaz hain’ is a real romantic number.
Subsequently there are songs I couldn’t put into any group but they deserve a cite
Dil dhoondta hai fir wahi fursat ke raat din (Mausam)
Phir wahi raat hai(Ghar)
Ek hi khwab deka hai maine(Kinara)
Roz roz aakhon tale(Jeeva)
Naam gum jaayega (Kinara)
Raah Pe Rehte Hain, Yaadon Mein Basar Karte Hain (Namkeen)
It would be undue; to call this set the best of GS, as I’m sure I omitted some great ones still. There are by now more songs on my mind which I wish to put on this list, but then, it has to end. My decide on the songs by GS disagrees from other favourites, but then it all tops up the same way, Gulzar Saab you are a gem!!
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