Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sadqay Tumhare


After a long time I found a show that made me smile! A Lot.



Its supposed to be one of the more popular shows right now but after watching the first 2 episodes I could not imagine anyone liking the hero! And put it down to nothing better to watch! BUT……..

This was quite a well done show mostly because of its simplicity and pureness of feeling. Also it was soooo far away from the trappings of the oh so modern glitzy world and movies of today. The protagonists were not well off at all. But nobody was angsty about it- like most people are not!

A lot of this show was quite alien to me- divorces, casual breaking up of families and remarriages  – is it really that common in Pakistan?  What happens in this story sounds totally crazy- its like the reshuffling of pairs- did/does that really happen? And everyone meets and greets like nothings unusual?

I have a huge grouse with the show though- according to me they totally ruined it in the last episode

Now this is supposed to be TRUE story about the writer, Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar
 but given the numerous references to divine intervention, sensing people, dreaming about peoples actions and portrayal of peoples inner thinking- I for one and fairly skeptical about the claim.

And if artistic liberty was taken- they should have just continued it to the end – right? Its totally like they ran of steam and wanted to just finish it off!

Mahira Khan is an old favorite- from  Humsafar. Did her job fabulously but did not look like a 17 year old!



Adnan Malik was a new find- portrayed the role very well. I knew nothing aboutt him and did not look him up till I had finished it. In the show he played the role of a Lahore boy with strong village roots- quite well. So it was a shock to find out he is like a Pakistani Karan Johar- uber sophisticated and into fashion- though not catty like him! Hosts MTV shows etc etc.  He apparently studied Film as Vassar and his acting job is even more commendable given he hasn’t acted for many years



 I find it interesting that so many of the leading ladies and men in Pakistan have their undergrad in the US or UK but go back to Pakistan to the media world.

I am really curious about what society is like in Pakistan actually is like. I know first hand what is and what is portrayed by the media/ shows/ internationally are so often so different (Yes I am an indian woman and yes I feel safe in India- but that’s my experience.)

My next watch is Slackistan-  seems like a snapshot of life in Islamabad- will write about it.

I don’t regret watching this show but unlike Humsafar and Zindagi will not give it an 2 thumbs up- the last episode made it give mejust a half thumbs up.

So now for what has become my Takiya Kalam I have translated the song for you. It’s absolutely lovely and a joy to hear. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Lg7CU7DwI



Its really quite interesting how I had heard all the words to this song earlier but its only when I am translating that I delve into the origins, the precise meanings etc- love it!

It’s sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- classically trained and fabulous.

This song is pretty much equating love to an all consuming religious fervor.

A few comments before you read the translation:

The word “Hai re” means different things when used differently.  Sometimes it’s just an exclamation. It can be positive or negative.

It can be used as “Alas”: Hai re woh mar gaya: alas he has died.

In my translation I have used it as “Hai re = wow/ Sigh/ Oh” A word without much of a meaning but here it is positive exclamation, like a heartfelt sigh. It can be used romantically and it is in this song.

Now Sadqa:  complicated word- implies offering something to the gods (via fakirs/pirs) in the name of the person in questions. The ritual in hindus and muslims  both is to take something- many times money and wave it around someone’s head (clockwise) and then donate it.

Waari also means pretty much the same thing. Though in popular culture today its used more as sacrificing oneself for someone.

Shagan: probably derives from Shagun- which means good omen/tiding

ALERT***** I have to tell you- the meaning almost totally gets dissipated in the translation- it sounds inane rather than romantic. the beauty of the language and thr rhymes is what makes a song -  not just the meaning! Anyway- can't be helped :(

Sadqay Tumhare by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
English Translation of Lyrics of Sadqay Tumhare Song

Ishq pehle tha, ya aashiq pehle
Was love there first (exist first) or the lover
Aayen maashoq tau, aashiq behle
When the beloved comes then the lover is placated (calmed)

Ishq ke hath lage hain jab se
Since we have fallen into the hands of Love
Aise madhoosh phire hain tab se
We have roamed around intoxicated like this

Ishq dil ke dar pe yun aaya tha 
Love came to (knocked at) my heart’s door in such a way
Han aya tha ishq aya tha,
Yes he came, Love came

Sau ham nazar utarein
We cast off the evil eye a hundred times

Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, (/Wow/ Sigh), I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Tumhare, tumhare sadqay tumhare
For you, for you, offer for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you

Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved, Beloved
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved
Teri khushiyan manawan tere shagan manawan
I celebrate your happiness, I will celebrate your good tidings
Mein te jaan qurban karan
I will sacrifice my life
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved, Beloved
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved

Ishq ka aik hi wird hai
Love only has one chant (religious implication from sufi-ism)
Ishq mashooq ke gird hai
Love is close to the beloved

Ishq ka aik hi wird hai
Love only has one chant
Ishq mashooq ke gird hai
Love is close to the beloved

Kyun hai bechain ye tabiyat
Why do I feel so restless/edgy
Ishq hai ya ye dard hai
Is it love or is it pain

Is traha aaj mile hain sab se
I have met everyone is such a manner today-
Dhoondty hain kya hum aisa jagg se
What is it that I search for in the World

Ishq dil ke dar pe yun aaya tha 
Love came to (knocked at) my heart’s door in such a way
Han aya tha ishq aya tha,
Yes he came, Love came

Sau ham nazar utarein
We cast off the evil eye a hundred times

Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Tumhare, tumhare sadqay tumhare
For you, for you, offer for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you

Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved, Beloved
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved, Beloved
Tere waari waari jaawan mere ishqan
I die over die over you, my Beloved

Subr ka naam tak na sunay
Refuses to hear the name of patience
Apna anjaam tuk na sunay
Refuses to hear it’s own fate
Subr ka naam tuk na sunay
Refuses to hear the name of patience
Apna anjaam tuk na sunay
Refuses to hear it’s own fate

Ishq ne kaan main kaha youn
Love whispered in my ear in such a way
Sun ke kuch bhi na hum rahe
That on hearing it I became nothing (got blown away)

Ishq ke mordh mure hain jab say
Since we have turned the turn to/of Love
Hosh hawaas uray hain tab se
I have lost my senses

Ishq dil ke dar pe yun aaya tha 
Love came to (knocked at) my heart’s door in such a way
Han aya tha ishq aya tha,
Yes he came, Love came
Sau ham nazar utarein
We cast off the evil eye a hundred times

Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Tumhare, tumhare sadqay tumhare
For you, For you, offer for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you
Haye re hum sadqay tumhare
Oh, I offer myself for you



Hope you enjoyed. Any insights into any of this- please let me know via comments!



10 comments:

Tahmina said...

Thank you for this!!

Blogger said...

Thank you :)

Tahmina said...

You should put these English lyrics on Youtube, it would get a lot of viewers, including me!

Tahmina said...

You should put these English lyrics on Youtube, it will get a lot of views!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for writing this.
I would not be able to have a proper translation for this song and I find its lyrics wonderful.
I am not an Urdu speaker but I am trying to grasp through these beautiful words.

Keep up the amazing work that you do!

Anonymous said...

I am in love with this OST, it's very beautiful and a delight to hear. The lyrics are indescribably good,it just radiates pain and love. I myself am a Urdu speaker and the meaning of the song definitely sounds much more deep and beautiful in its original form. But, Thank You for writing down the English lyrics of the song.

Wajiha Butt said...

Sadqay Tumhary is a true love story. It is based on the love live of heroine Shaano and Hero Khalil. Shaano and Khalil are engaged since birth. Khalil’s mother Inayat is Shaano’s maternal aunt. Both Khalil and Shaano know about the engagement. Mahira Khan is a fabulous actress she played an awesome role in Sadqay Tumharay.
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Anonymous said...

I am from India still love that OST so meaningful. And beautiful creation too.
Sadqay tumahare.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way english subtitles can be added to the drama on Youtube?

MG said...

I found this but am not thrilled with it- they don't translate the poetry and for me that is the beauty of the show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MENuBUFQ5LA