“ 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