17: Sahir Ludhianvi: A Poet Who Sought Closure In Love With A ‘Khubsoorat Mod’

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A poet, lyricist, thinker - Sahir, is not a man of a few words. His vast vocabulary not only borrows references from nature when he writes intimate love songs but also when he hopes for a better world, social justice, and equality:

Hazaar barq gire, laakh andhiyan utthein
Vo phool khil ke rahenge jo khilne wale hain.

The magic of Sahir’s poetry is such that it traverses across the Urdu-Hindi barrier and across a range of complex human emotions. His nazms like Khoon phir khoon hai, Gandhi ho ya Ghalib ho, Wo subh kabhi to aayegi, are commentaries against social oppression and injustice which continue to resonate even today.

In this episode of Urdunama, The Quint’s Fabeha Syed takes you through the life and time of Sahir Ludhianvi who is remembered for his evergreen songs like Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein, Jaane kya toone kahin, Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam, and many more.

Meet Sahir in this special podcast.

Host, Writer & Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
Vocals: Vikram Venkateswaran
Editor: Shelly Walia

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