Tribute to Mirza Ghalib on 222nd Birthday

My tribute on Guitar (with a touch of Tanpura) to Mirza Ghalib on his 222nd birth anniversary that was 2 days ago. I’m singing Jagjit Singh’s rendition of 2 soulful Ghazals: Phir Kuch Ik Dil Ko Beqaraari Hai, Dil e Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai. Better late than never to continue my years long tradition…

Dil e Nadaan by Jagjit Singh on Guitar

Soulful compositions of Jagjit Singh of Mirza Ghalib’s Ghazals which I tried to cover on my Guitar with Tanpura in the background. Shot in Selfie Mode so audio is a bit low. Ghazal 1: Dil e Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai Ghazal 2: Phir Kuch Ik Dil Ko Beqaraari Hai Poet: Mirza Ghalib Music and…

Jagjit Singh – An Enigma

There is an old anecdote that my Father always tells me and my brother. “When you were little kids of 5 and 8 respectively (my brother is 3 years older than me) – people who would visit our house would often ask – who is listening to these ancient songs of Talat Mahmood?”. It turns…

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me

This is my rendition on Guitar of Sahir Ludhianvi’s Nazm, Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me from the Urdu Play “Ek Mulaqaat” that I recently saw starring Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman. Honestly, I liked this version better than the movie version.

Yaaron Wo Pal Ab Kahan

Wrote this song last month in Sitla village (Uttarakhand) and recorded this version using my phone yesterday on my beat up acoustic guitar. A finished version will follow soon on a future Iktara release. गाँव छूटा मेरा गैर मै क्यूँ हुआ रेत के वो महल रौंदता मै गया रूह ये चीखती ढूंढे जिनका पता यारों…

Hill Station Nazm

I’m not a big fan of Javed Akhtar’s poetry, but this is one of his best Nazms. Decade long wandering in the Mountains and staying here for last 5 months, I have come to relate quite closely to it as I approach the end of my stay.   घुल रहा है सारा मंज़र शाम धुंधली…

Andhiyan Chalne Lagi Hain

Amidst the writing fury that gripped me from February until April, my pen churned out a few Nazms. The reasons behind them can be left for another day. Meanwhile, here is the last Nazm I wrote in my Sunnyvale apartment before I left the Silicon Valley in May 2012. The Nazm started out with the…

Ediyan Chil Rahi Hain

My last Ghazal written in the Silicon Valley. Somehow, in recent times – Nazm writing became the facet of my life, yet I managed to churn out a Ghazal once in a while with this being the latest. I wrote this originally for my cousin’s short movie. Thanks for reading. 

Akhiri Saans Ke Tukde

I wrote this Nazm in the unforgettable month of March this year just before I penned Purani Dilli and Wo Kamra Khaali Hai. It was my swan-song for the time-being. Thanks for reading. I recorded this very late in the night after a couple hours of singing on the Guitar, so the voice is hoarse,…

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