Another Amir Khusro qawaali

The work of the inmitable Amir Khusro, this has to be one of the most famous qawaalis ever, and I really don’t have any words for those who might say they have never heard it. And those who proudly flaunt their uni-lingual skills (and I know a lot of such people), they also cannot contend they don’t understand it – well nothing without being embarrased – as most of it is in Hindi… a dialect to be be true but Hindi no doubt…. so there (as My Ustaad says).

Anyway, the first time I heard this qawaali was in the film Junoon, where there is a short version as the film starts. I spent long years searching but never found a soundtrack of the film with it. A kind providence, however, ensured that I heard a better version…. the one by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and that too live. As I have already said, these are things more to be heard then to be written about, but till then read the lyrics and try to imagine it in qawaali form….

As I said, the qawaali is by the incomparable Amir Khusro and it so deftly stitches the threads of various cultures into a syncretic whole that was what the Indian subcontinent’s composite culture was all about. Read it and see for yourself…

Maati ke tum deewaray, jo suno hamari baat
Maati ke tum deewaray, jo suno hamari baat
Aaj milaavra piya ka tum jaguo sari raat

Aaj rang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Aaj rang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Mere Khuwaja ke ghar rang hai ri

Aaj rang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Mere Khuwaja ke ghar rang hai ri

Ahey rang hai mere mehboob ke ghar rang hai
Mere mehboob ke ghar rang hai
Rang hai rang hai mere mehboob ke ghar rang hai ri

Aaj sajan milaavra more aangan mein
Sajan milaavra more aangan mein
Aaj rang hai ri maa rang hai ri

Ey aahay main pir paayo Nizamuddin Auliya
Mohe pir payo Nizamuddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Sabir Alauddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Data Fareeduddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Khuwaja Qutubuddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Khuwaja Moinuddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Meeera Mohhauddin Auliya mohe pir payo
Ey Data Ganj Baksh Auliya mohe pir payo

Payo Nizamuddin Auliya Nizamuddin AuliyaAlauddin Auliya
Main to jab dekhoon more sang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon,
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon

Gokal dekha Mathra dekha, par tosa na koi rang dekha
Ey main dhoond phiri hoon
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon,
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon

Purab dekha pacham dekha uttar dekha dakkan dekha
Re main dhoond phiri hoon
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon,
Des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon

Tora rang man bhaayo Moinuddin
Mohe apne hi rang mein rang le Khwaja ji
Mohe apne hi rang mein rang le Khwaja ji
Mohe rang basanti rang de Khwaja Ji
Mohe rang basanti rang de Khwaja Ji
Mohe apne hi rang mein rang de

Churiyan pehnai, chundarya urai, khaasi dulhanya banayi
Ey mori churion ki laaj Khwaja rakhna
Mori mori churion ki laaj Khwaja rakhna
Yeh to pehn layi ub rut rakhna
Yeh to pehn layi ub rut rakhna 

Ey tero haath hai mero suhaag Khwaja
Mein to jog na tum pe luta baithi
Mohe apne hi rang mein rang le Khwaja Ji
Mohe apne hi rang mein rang le rangeele
Mohe rang basanti rang de Khwaja Ji
Jo tu maange rang ki rangai
Jo tu maange rang ki rangai
Mora joban girvi rakhle Khwaja Ji

Ahay des bides mein dhoond phiri hoon
Mohe tora rang manwayo Moinuddin
Aiso rung aur nahi dekho kahi bhi
Mein to aiso rang aur nahi dekho kahi bhi
Ahay Nizamuddin Auliya jag ujiaro
Ey jag ujiaro jagat ujiaro
Jag ujiaro jagat ujiaro

Nizamuddin Auliya jag ujiaro
Meharwa ras boonda barse
Ahay boonda barse rus boonda barse
Boonda barse ras boonda barse

Khwajgaan ke darbaaran mein
Aaj dekho gan garje
Aaj dekho gan garje
Ras boonda barse meharwa ras boonda barse

Ey sab sakhiyan ke paas piya hai
Mora piya ke milan ko jiyara tarse
Mora piya ke milan ko jiyara tarse
Ras boonda barse meharwa ras boonda barse

Khwaja Moinuddin Khwaja Qutubuddin
Ganj Shakar mehboob e ilahi
Khwaja Nizamuddin Khwaja Nasiruddin
Aaj shohra Nizam O Naseeruddin ka
Laal mehboob bana, bana mehboob bana
Laal mehboob bana, laal mehboob bana

Sab sakhiyan he paas hain piya
Mora piya ke milan ko jiyara tarse
Mora piya ke milan ko jiyara tarse
Ras boonda barse mehrwa ras boonda barse
Nizamuddin Auliya jag ujiaro
Ey jag ujiaro jagat ujiaro

Ey woh to jo maange par sang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Woh woh to jo maange par sang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Aaj rang hai ri maa rang hai ri
Aaj rung hai ri………

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Santosh on March 21, 2012 at 16:39

    Hi, there is one kalam-e-Khushro entitled ‘Mohay apnay hi rung mein rung lay,…’ I need to have the exact wordingd for the last couplet which goes like this, ‘Nizamuddin Auliya hai peer mero…’ What is the last line. please?

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