A Birthday note for our Unforgettable Jagjit ji

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“ Aap gar ‘aaj’ yahaan hote,
hum zamin par bhala kahaan hote”
As I gaze pensively at the vast blue sky
with mists of nostalgia in my eye,
I feel suddenly awestruck
at the sheer beauty and tranquillity of
your celestial elegance…..
for there you are —
twinkling and shimmering majestically
– a bright luminous Star —
in all your celestial splendour,
on this – your astral Birthday.
It was on this great day – Feb 8th –
when amidst the golden sands of Rajasthan,
years back, from the blue heavens,
you had descended down,
to take the world by storm one day …..
by weaving magic in your soulful music…
… your scintillating melodies…ghazals..
and devotional albums –
and heal the world with their magic…
The magic of your balmy mellow voice….
the serenity of your persona….
the magnanimity of your generous heart….
the softness of your smile….
your innocent naughty humour…
your true to life musical videos…
and the perfection with which you emoted for them…
these were some of your exquisite gifts to the world.
In comparison, what can one gift you –
on your memorable birthday ?
Perhaps the warm vibes of a heart-felt thought –
“ Main teri baara – zahe – naaz mein
kya pesh karoon…..
meri jholi mein muhabbat ke siwa
kuch bhi nahin….”
Feeling your absence every moment,
one cannot help recalling your cherished memories…
your melodies so beautifully composed by you
and sung in your velvety voice –
“ Beete lamhe kuch aise hain
Kushboo jaise haath na aaye”…
Tranquil and subtle indeed ….
Missing that mesmerising fragrance of your enigmatic persona,
Those thought-provoking lines that you sang for ‘Mirza Ghalib’
come to the mind inadvertently –
“ Thi woh Ik shaksh ke tassavur se,
ab who raanaaiye khayaal kahaan…..”
In your beautiful and philoshopical music album ‘ Koi-baat-chale’ –
you had voiced Ghalib again –
“ Hum ko Ghalib ne ye dua di thi –
tum salaamat raho hazaar baras”.
Hasn’t his prophecy really come true?
For what you created with your musical genius in your lifespan,
couldn’t be created hitherto even in a thousand years.

Jagjit ji – you indeed live beyond your years –
in the hearts of millions of your admirers – across the globe.
You are simply unforgettable and immortal…..
May the Divine grace be with you always –
and grant you eternal bliss.

****

A Birthday Thought :
“Dil ko jis se milne ki aas bhi nahin Asif,
Roz yaad aata hai mujhko woh duaon mein…”

From : Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay

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8 thoughts on “A Birthday note for our Unforgettable Jagjit ji

  1. KHALISH

    Narm hawa ke jhonke, pedon ke patte lehlahate hain ab bhi,
    Har taraf bahaar kaa nikhar hai ab bhi,
    Nai subeh naye gul khilati hai ab bhi,
    Falak pe taaron ke jhurmut timtimate hain ab bhi,
    Rangon ke noor se sarabor hai fiza ab bhi,
    Magar phir bhi koi kami hai jaise,
    Ik khalish si basti hai in mein jaise,
    Gulon ki narmiyon ke darmayaan,
    Koi andekhi chubhan, koi tees si uthti hai jaise,
    Ik beaawaaz udaasi kuch poochti ho jaise,
    Kahaan kho gaye ho tum,who tarannum tumhare?
    Aur woh makhmali aawaaz ke saaye?
    Kahaan hai woh sukoon bhara ik ehsaas,
    Woh ik ehsaas tumhare hone ka ………
    Ki door kahin gungunate huye,
    Phir apna koi naya naghma bun rahe ho tum,
    Ki sacche suron ki chaandni barsa kar,
    Phir phool khila rahe ho sehra sehra…

    Waqt ki shaakh pe ab,
    Na woh phool rahe,
    Na woh sukoon bhara meetha ehsaas,
    Waqt ke bereham bawander mein,
    Kho gaye hon sab jaise…

    Fiza ki saari rangeeniyon mein,
    Khiza sa khalipan kyon hai?
    Aaj phir dil hai kyon udaas udaas-
    Ek adhurapan sa kyon hai?
    Bas ik khalish si reh gayee hai,
    Jo har sheh mein
    Ab basa karti hai….

    Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay

  2. Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay says:

    March 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    KHALISH

    Narm hawa ke jhonke, pedon ke patte lehlahate hain ab bhi,
    Har taraf bahaar kaa nikhar hai ab bhi,
    Nai subeh naye gul khilati hai ab bhi,
    Falak pe taaron ke jhurmut timtimate hain ab bhi,
    Rangon ke noor se sarabor hai fiza ab bhi,
    Magar phir bhi koi kami hai jaise,
    Ik khalish si basti hai in mein jaise,
    Gulon ki narmiyon ke darmayaan,
    Koi andekhi chubhan, koi tees si uthti hai jaise,
    Ik beaawaaz udaasi kuch poochti ho jaise,
    Kahaan kho gaye ho tum,who tarannum tumhare?
    Aur woh makhmali aawaaz ke saaye?
    Kahaan hai woh sukoon bhara ik ehsaas,
    Woh ik ehsaas tumhare hone ka ………
    Ki door kahin gungunate huye,
    Phir apna koi naya naghma bun rahe ho tum,
    Ki sacche suron ki chaandni barsa kar,
    Phir phool khila rahe ho sehra sehra…

    Waqt ki shaakh pe ab,
    Na woh phool rahe,
    Na woh sukoon bhara meetha ehsaas,
    Waqt ke bereham bawander mein,
    Kho gaye hon sab jaise…

    Fiza ki saari rangeeniyon mein,
    Khiza sa khalipan kyon hai?
    Aaj phir dil hai kyon udaas udaas-
    Ek adhurapan sa kyon hai?
    Bas ik khalish si reh gayee hai,
    Jo har sheh mein
    Ab basa karti hai….

    Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay

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  3. EK SOCH

    SUNA HAI BAND KAR LI USNE AANKHEN
    KAI RAATON SE WOH SOYA NAHIN THA
    PAR IS QADAR WHO SO JAAYEGA
    YE SOCHA NAHIN THA…….

    APNI AAWAAZ KE JAADU SE
    ZAMAANE BHAR KO LUBHANE WAALA
    EK DIN YUN BHI KHAAMOSH HO JAAYEGA
    YE SOCHA NA THA…..

    HAR GHARI WAQT KO JEETA KIYA JO,
    AAKHIRI SAANS USI KE NAAM KAR JAAYEGA
    YE SOCHA NA THA…

    ZAMIN-AASMAN KI SARHADON SE
    DOOR JAAKAR BHI,
    WOH HAR IK SHAI MEIN YUN BAS JAAYEGA
    YE SOCHA NA THA…

    BHOOL JAANA JISE KABHI MUMKIN HI NAHIN,https://jagjitchitra.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/a-birthday-note-for-our-unforgettable-jagjit-ji/#comment-form-load-service:WordPress.com
    DEKHTE DEKHTE WO YUN CHOD JAAYEGA
    YE SOCHA NA THAA….

    JISKI YAADON KE CHARAAGH
    MAN MEIN UJAALE KARTE HEIN,
    JISKE EHSAAS KI KHUSHBU SE
    AB BHI DIL MAHEKTE REHTE HEIN,
    DUA MEIN HARDAM JISKE LIYE
    HAATH UTHA KARTE HAIN,
    USEY BHI KYA KABHI
    HAM YAAD AATE HAIN
    AKSAR YEH SOCHA KARTE HAIN….
    Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay

  4. Beautiful, poignant poems – goes to show that Jagjit Singh’s creativity did not die with him… the poetry of his music is still alive in his listeners. It is blooming, and how…

  5. Thanks a lot Swaati for your thought-provoking observations. His everlasting musical compositions and his enigmatic persona are beyond time and space…

  6. BEYOND TIME

    (October 10th – Two years since the day Jagjit ji left us… we gather a bouquet of remembrances of him and his beautiful gift of soulful music to the world…)
    — Dr Aparna Chattopadhyay

    “Kabhi dunia mukkammal ban ke
    aayegi nigahon mein,
    Kabhi meri kami duniya ki
    har ek sheh mein paaogey,
    Main utna yaad aaoonga
    mujhe jitna bhulaaogey”

    As I listen to these sensitive lines sung by you and gaze pensively at the winding road leading to the Taalkatora Stadium, lucid memories of an unforgettable evening haunt me… that memorable, beautiful evening… of your last musical concert held there…and I can’t help recollecting a beautiful, subtle verse sung by you for your music album — “Beete lamhe kuch aise hain, khushbu jaise haath na aaye”…

    The fragrance of those moments brings back nostalgic mists… of many treasured, precious memories… and I see you vividly… all poised in your snowy-white apparel… looking so much at peace with yourself…singing soulfully… in your velvety, mellifluous voice and your unparalleled, captivating style — amidst thousands of mesmerized music lovers — your ardent fans.

    Drifting along the labyrinths of the memory lane, I long to rewind the fleeting time backwards… to see you all over again… face to face… and to feel your radiating warm smile… your incredible serenity, simplicity and sensitivity… It seems as though it was only yesterday that I met you, backstage to greet you… as you were signing autograph books of your fans… with a warm smile… and kind words. The subtle fragrance of your luminescent presence still lingers on in the air… seeming to hum gently:

    “Abhi naghmon ki sargam
    fizaaon mein hai….
    Abhi saanson ki khushbu
    hawaaon mein hai
    Abhi saazon pe hain
    unglion ke nishaan
    Tum abhi thei yahaan
    tum abhi thei yahaan…..”

    A wave of sadness overpowers me and a few more poignant lines spring to my mind, which you had sung for your last music album, ‘Inteha’ in your golden voice:

    “Kuchh bach jaate hain to
    kuchh mit jaate hain,
    Waqt ka aana-jaana
    chalta rehta hai…
    Saanson ka afsaana
    chalta rehta hai…”

    That soulful composition had touched many a heart. Vivid scenes of its enchanting video trail before my eyes… projecting you so gracefully in your multifarious moods… in many soft colours… But the above lines sung and emoted by you so very symbolically and artistically , sound all the more meaningful today, especially now when you are no more amidst us… A deep longing creeps in, overwhelming the senses… as you are missed… desperately… despondently. One recollects the unforeseen twist of time — too sudden and blatant — which had left everyone aghast… It was too hard to believe… and bear… a world without you — meaningless… and empty… creating an unfathomable void in the music world. Strangely, your uncanny prophecy did come true which you had sung years back —

    “Dekhte hi dekhte,
    duniya se main uth jaoonga,
    Dekhti ki dekhti
    reh jaayegi duniya mujhe…”

    The world was shocked indeed beyond words — the loss was too huge… irreversible and irreparable… for you were one of a kind… the rare kind who are born into the world only once in centuries… You were irreplaceable indeed —
    “Kuch log jo jahaan se
    guzar jaate hain,
    Woh hazaaron ke aane se
    miltey nahin…”

    And one recollects every little incident associated with them, reminiscent of those golden moments spent with them as expressed in the beautiful lines of a melodious song —
    “Na jaane kyun,
    hota hai ye zindagi ke saath,
    Achanak yeh mann
    kisi ke jaane ke baad
    Kare phir uski yaad
    chhoti chhoti si baat…”

    Unruffled by Time, your image remains immortal and Beyond Time… as your unforgettable and cherished memories are etched and enshrined in the hearts of millions. True to your name you did captivate the world with your genius and mystique… your overwhelming charisma and magical spell — The following lines reflect your magnanimous persona truthfully:

    Saara jag jeet ke le gaya,
    Jag chhod ke jaane waala…

    May your soul rest in peace eternally and blissfully… in your new Divine world…..

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