Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ASAD - 77

Originally posted on rec.music.indian.misc in 1997

In the tele-serial Sadhana, Bhimsen Joshi remarked that "Mile sur mera" has made him more famous than all his classical singing put together ! He might be exaggerating, but the power of TV is undoubtable.

Similarly, due to the title song of TV serial Sailaab, the name of Nida Fazali is known to many who are not seriously interested in Urdu Poetry. It's a nice tune by Talat Aziz and sung very well by Jagjit Singh. If you are in India and haven't yet watched this serial, give it a try.

But as I said yesterday, Nida Fazali is quite well known to GHazal fans. Let's see a superb sher by him.

ghar_se duur hai masjid, chalo yuN kar chale,
kisi rote hue bachche_ko hasaayaa jaaye !!
- Nida Fazali

This is not just a sher to read, enjoy and forget ! It's a profound thought. In those two small lines, so much thinking about religion, humanity and our social duties has been packed ! I love the way the entire thing is presented. Wow, "ghar_se duur hai masjid" !! Superb ! So much can be said in so few words !

- Abhay.
ASAD _also_ stands for "A Sher A Day" !

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