Music Monday | Pakistani Classics

Hey Loves,

Music Monday is a theme hosted by Laura and while I hardly dwell in music, there are a few melodies very close to my heart. I’d like to share them with you guys. This week just 1 would do.

Her body is like carved statue, eye-catching and arresting …

Both the songs today are in Urdu – a beautiful and romantic language that have unfortunately lost its true essence in our world. It can’t possibly be fairly translated to English but maybe perhaps you’d catch a hint of the meaning.

This song is Called Afreen Afreen and was given life by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan back in 1996 and then remade by Coke Studio earlier this year grabbing attention from the local media. The singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, brother to the original singer, fairly represents song beautifully featuring Momina Mustehsan, a promising singer for sure.

The Lyrics describe the beauty of a girl in such an exquisitely beautiful way that could almost tear you up and tingle your spine.

It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.
O the most beautiful one!
Even if you see my beloved, you would also say
O the most beautiful one!

I never saw anyone so beautiful
[her] body is like the images of Ajanta (caves containing Murals)
[her] body is like a spell on eyes
[her] body is like a song [and] perfumed
[her] body is like ecstatic music
[her] body is like sweet-smelling moon-light
[her] body is like a blooming garden
[her] body is like the first ray of the Sun
[her] body is like carved statue, eye-catching and arresting
like sandalwood
like marble.

[Her] face is like a fresh flower.
Is it her face or moon?
[her] face is like a Ghazal, [her] face is like heart of Ghazal
[her] face is like a bud, [her] face is like lotus
[her] face is like manifestation of imagination
[her] face is like a dream, and its interpretation too.

[Her] face is like the tales of Arabian Nights
One moment real, another moment imagination
[her] face is like no other face
[her] forehead is moonlike
so is her body.

I could not keep off my eyes after seeing her eyes
they are like two cups of wine and that too, burning
are these eyes or two doors of wine-house
her downward glance is abashedness
her upward glance is prayer
when eyes look up after downward glance, is like a style
eyes, in which arrested are the sky and the earth
like Narcissus
[and] greyish

the story of the tresses of beloved is also long
tresses are like shadows on my heart
tresses are like overcast clouds
tresses like some black spectre
when tresses are entangled, so also is the world
when tresses are straight, then writing this song becomes easy
when tresses spread apart then black night downs
when tresses sway then the night sings
tresses are chains, but so beautiful
silken
[and] perfumed

Tell me what do you think about this song? Liked both versions? Which ones better?

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