To sadness

It is not easy to understand why people are afraid of sadness. Except when it consists of hordes of sorrow from traumas long suppressed, sadness can be a softening, warming experience that makes the heart more sensitive and open to love. Everyday sadness is a sign of desire. Desire is a sign of life. A life that always holds more beauty than there is around us.

This song from Sparsh speaks of the beauty of everyday sadness. Brevity in words and simplicity in music expresses that beauty which tells us how much more there is to life than whatever our mind may currently be clasping at. Just the right song for a film that is equally tender in its portrait of human relationships.

In my fascination with Urdu, I have often forgotten how Hindi can be equally beautiful, and often in different ways. The lustre and softness of Urdu has its counterpart in the simplicity, earthiness and frequent precision of the sounds of Hindi. A word like godhuli (dusk) expresses in its unique way the beauty of a particular time of the day, as do patjhaari (autumnal) and siharan (vibration). A certain stillness moves through the song, a stillness that tells us that even though the words are sad, the sadness is worth dwelling on because it is a reminiscence of beauty.

 

khaali pyaala
dhundla darpan
khaali khaali mann

bujhta suraj
jalta chanda
patjhaari saavan
patjhaari saavan

patte peele
kaante phoole
registaani tann
raatein sooni
peeda dooni
veeraana jeevan

khaali pyaala
dhundla darpan
khaali khaali mann

kya hai savera
tapi dopahri

godhuli nirjan
aankhein jaagi
soyi siharan
khoya apnapan

khaali pyaala
dhundla darpan 
khaali khaali mann

bujhta suraj
jalta chanda
patjhaari saavan

– indu jain

 

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~ by tdcatss on September 24, 2014.

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