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A powerful song, a strong message February 6, 2009

Filed under: earth,future,human interference — Radiance @ 11:49 AM

I have been meaning to write a blog entry for a while now about a particular song that is one of my all-time favourites. It is a very melodious song with powerful lyrics and it describes the plight of humanity with much accuracy, which is increasing by the day. The song is from the movie 1947 Earth, and plays in the background as the credits roll at the end of the movie. the movie is based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India and the second part of Deepa Mehta’s trilogy, The events in the movie take place on the violent backdrop of India-Pakistan partition in 1947 (hence the name) and the song is intended to sum up the message of the movie, precious human lives lost due to the “divide and rule” politics of the world. In my blog I simply want to write the lyrics of the song in Hindi, then in English (for the benefit of those who cannot read Hindi script but might understand the language) and finally give the English translation. The video is available on YT where those interested can listen to the song.
I do not need to do much writing of my own because the message of this song is very powerful and touching, as my readers will realise themselves. I simply want to share the message with as many fellow humans as I can. The only bit I wanted to comment on is that, this song is written to the God from the humans asking him why we are in such a pitiful state. More specifically, it is addressed to Ishwar-Allah. Now, Ishwar is the Hindu word for God and Allah is the muslim word for the same. However, the lyrics of this song use Ishwar-Allah as one word, as a singular noun, as if to denote a single God. And that itself is a great message that there is only one supreme power no matter what names we want to call it by.
The lyrics written in Hindi,
इश्वर-अल्लाह, तेरे जहाँ में नफरत क्यों है, जंग है क्यों ?
तेरा दिल तो इतना बड़ा है, इन्साँ का दिल तंग है क्यों ?

कदम कदम पर सरहद क्यों है, सारी ज़मीं जो तेरी है?
सूरज के फेरे करती है, फिर क्यों इतनी अंधेरी है?
इस दुनिया के दामन पर इन्साँ के लहू का रंग है क्यों?

गूँज रहीं हैं कितनी चीखें, प्यार की बातें कौन सुने?
टूट रहें हैं कितने सपने, इनके टुकड़े कौन चुने?
दिल के दरवाज़ों पर ताले, तालों पर ये ज़ंग है क्यों?

इश्वर-अल्लाह, तेरे जहाँ में नफरत क्यों है, जंग है क्यों ?
तेरा दिल तो इतना बड़ा है, इन्साँ का दिल तंग है क्यों ?

The lyrics written in English,
Ishwar-Allah, tere jahaan mein nafrat kyun hai, jang hai kyun?
Teraa dil to itnaa badaa hai, insaan kaa dil tang hai kyun?

Kadam kadam par sarhad kyun hai, saari jameen jo teri hai?
Sooraj ke phere karti hai, phir kyun itni andheri hai?
Is duniyaa ke daaman par insaan ke lahoo ka rang hai kyun?

Goonj rahi hain kitni cheekhen, pyaar ki baaten kaun sune?
Toot rahe hain kitne sapne, inke tukade kaun chune?
Dil ke darwaazon par taale, talon par yeh zang hai kyun?

Ishwar-Allah, tere jahaan mein nafrat kyun hai, jang hai kyun?
Teraa dil to itnaa badaa hai, insaan kaa dil tang hai kyun?

The translation of the lyrics in English,
Oh Ishwar-Allah, why is there hatred in your world, why the conflict?
You have such a big heart, why is the human heart so stingy?

Why is there a (dividing) border at each step if all the land belongs to you?
It (Earth) revolves around the sun, so why is it engulfed in darkness?
Why is the garb of this world stained with human blood?

There are so many screams reverberating, who will listen to the message of love?
There are so many dreams being shattered, who will collect their shards?
The doors to (human) hearts are locked, why are these locks rusted?

Oh Ishwar-Allah, why is there hatred in your world, why the conflict?

You have such a big heart, why is the human heart so stingy?

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One Response to “A powerful song, a strong message”

  1. feenseecons Says:

    It is very interestingly written, to the author thanks.


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