“When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all,” are the lyrics of this song by Simon And Garfunkel called Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Jagjit Singh (whose birth anniversary is today) is someone who does the same with his silken voice. Indeed, there is a certain pleasure in acknowledging your sadness and letting the emotional wounds heal. Singh’s voice achieves just that magic.
“Whenever I get a ghazal, the first thing I see is its lyrics. The lyrics should be simple to understand, because a lot of people in India don’t understand Urdu,” he said in an interview with Madeeha Anwar.
“A song should be melodious, not noisy. So that the listener should become relaxed, not restless,” he added.
So without further ado, let’s look at the five ghazals that is sure to cheer you up.
Honthon Se Choo Lo Tum
Jag ne chheena mujhse
Mujhe jo bhi laga pyaara
Sab jeeta kiye mujhse
Main har dam hi haara
Tum haarke dil apna
Meri jeet amar kar do
Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya
Hum Labon Se Keh Na Paaye, Unse Haal-E-Dil Kabhi
Aur Woh Samjhe Nahin Ye Khamoshi Kya Cheez Hai
Tumko Dekha Toh Yeh Khayaal Aaya
Hum Jisse Gungunaa Nahi Sakte
Waqt Ne Aisa Geet Kyun Gaaya
Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho
Aankhon Mein Nami, Hansi Labon Par
Kya Haal Hai Kya Dikha Rahe Ho
Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti
Ye daulat bhi le lo, ye shohrat bhi le lo
Bhale cheen lo mujhse meri jawaani
Magar mujhko lauta do bachchpan ka saawan
Wo kagaz ki kashti wo barish ka pani