Jagjit Singh.. A Salute


It was in 1990, a student of mine, Alpa Vasant, who handed a cassette of him titled Live at Royal Albert Hall, that introduced me to the saga of Ghazals. Even though I had heard Pankaj Udhas before him, Jagjit Singh’s voice and music stuck to me as an aroma of a musical fountain. It is true I had heard his music in films though never knew about him at that time.

After the introduction, I slowly had my collection of his audio cassettes which I still have and play on my JVC player. The best part, as all would agree, was his voice and music..never had a ghazal singer giving so much importance to background music. It never went high and always played to soothe your nerves that were stressed out at work and in the traffic back home.

In Films, with music director Kuldip Singh.. he was unbeatable and always had a following of his own, though he may not have rendered more than 50 songs during the eighties and the nineties.

Though we have lost Jagjit Singh 10 years back on 10th October, but thanks to technology, Jagjit Singhji’s immortal voice and delightful music is secure till the end of times..

Album – Mirage
Release Date – 1 February 1996
English translation courtesy of Reality views.in site of the Ghazal song Apni Marzi Se Kahan Apni Safar from the album Mirage by Jagjit Singh is in Red Color.
Lyrics –
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish desires
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish desires
Rukh hawao ka jidhar ka hai udhar ke hum hai
We travel go in whichever direction wind goes
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish desires
Pehle har cheez thi apni magar ab lagta hai
In past it felt that everything was ours, mine but now it feels that
Pehle har cheez thi apni magar ab lagta hai
In past it felt that everything was ours, mine but now it feels that
Apne hi ghar mein Kisi dusre ghar ke hum hai
In our own home we feel that we does not belong to this home we are staying in the house of someone else
Apne hi ghar mein Kisi dusre ghar ke hum hai
In our own home we feel that we does not belong to this home we are staying in the house of someone else
Rukh hawao ka jidhar ka hai udhar ke hum hai
We travel go in whichever direction wind blows
We travel go in the direction in which majority travels
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish desires
Waqt ke saath mitti ka Safar sadiyo se
Sand, time are together traveling with each other from centuries unknown times
Waqt ke saath mitti ka Safar sadiyo se
Sand, time are together traveling with each other from centuries unknown time
Waqt ke saath mitti ka Safar sadiyo se
Sand, time are together traveling with each other from centuries unknown times
Kisko maalum kaha ke hai kidhar ke hum hai
Who knows from where we come which place we belong
Kisko maalum kaha ke hai kidhar ke hum hai
Who knows from where we come which place we belong
Chalte rehte hai ke chalna hai musafir ka nasib
We keep walking, traveling, traveling is the travelers, wanderer’s fa
Sochte rehte hai kis raah guzar ke hum hai
We keep on thinking from which road or turn we came we belong
Sochte rehte hai kis raah guzar ke hum hai
We keep on thinking from which road or turn we came we belong
Rukh hawao ka jidhar ka hai udhar ke hum hai
We travel go in whichever direction wind blows
We travel go in the direction in which majority travels
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish desires
Apni marzi se kaha apni Safar ke hum hai
Our journey our path is not planned as per our wish..

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