Bulleh Shah and Abida Parveen

Bulleh Shah’s timeless verse has been celeberated by several artists but it is Abida Parveen the immensely gifted singer,  a bit of dervish herself, who has celebrated Bulleh’s poetry to the fullest. Perhaps in the spirit of magic and mystical abandon with which Bulleh mused and uttered these lines…

Here is something that I came across today – I have been listening to this piece for years but to see it on youtube – so easily accessible – with half decent subtitles was exciting to say the least.

And, in the state of depression that every Pakistani has been since the Karachi carnage this was even more soothing. Not that the wounds will be healed so soon.

Bravo, Abida-ji for infusing so many dimensions to this immortal poetry..

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  1. Are the lyrics for this available on the web?

  2. Lyrics in Punjabi?

    Try apnaa.org

    Some are here:

    paRh paRh ilm hazaar kitaabaN
    qaddi apnay aap nou paRhiya naee
    jaaN jaaN waRhday mandir maseedi
    qaddi mann apnay wich waRhiya naee
    aa-vaiN laRda aye shaitan de naal bandeaa
    qaddi nafss apnay naal laRiya naee

    [yes, yes, you have read thousands of books
    but you have never tried to read your own self
    you rush in, into your Mandirs, into your Mosques
    but you have never tried to enter your own heart
    futile are all your battles with Satan
    for you have never tried to fight your own desires]

    … kuttay, taiN touN uttay
    mulla kanouN kuKKar changaaN
    jehRa yaar jagaway suttay
    taiN kan uttay…

    [dogs are higher than you
    and the rooster is better than the Mullah
    for at least they wake friends who are asleep]

  3. thanks.

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  5. this was awesome thank you!

  6. Very relevant and important themes on Pakistan at one place.Congritulations!

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