3 November 2014

A classic from Ibn-E-Insha

Ibn-E-Insha was a twentieth century poet. Born in India and expired in London, he spent most of his time in Pakistan. Stylistically, he is often considered to be closer to Amir Khusrau. The following classic poem of his (I have written just the first stanza though) was converted to ghazals and sung in different tunes by many singers. The more famous ones are by Ghulam Ali (slower version) and Jagjit Singh (faster version). The poem itself is unbelievably beautiful.

“Chaudvin Ka Chaand” literally means the moon on the fourteenth night – referring to the full moon…

As a background, imagine a jilted lover whose love has not been requited by his chosen lady.

“Kal chaudvin ki raat thi, sabh bhar rahaa charchaa tera
Kuch ne kaha yeh chaand hai, kuch ne kaha chehraa tera
Hum bhi wohi maujoot the, humse bhi sab poochha kiye
Hum hans diye, hum chup rahe, manzoor tha pardaa teraa”

Roughly translated, it means

“Last night was the full moon night, and everybody was discussing about you
Some said that it surely looked like the moon; some others said that has to be your face
I was also there among the crowd and many asked me about my opinion too
I just smiled, but I kept quiet. I respected your wish (to be apart from me)”

Posted November 3, 2014 by Rajib Roy in category "Music/Poetry


  1. By Aabhas Chandra on

    I love the makta of this poem, typically, the takhallus is used in the first line of the shér, but in this one he has used it in second line and also in a very non intrusive fashion.

    bedard sunni ho to chal kehta hai kiya achi ghazal
    aashiq tera, ruswa tera, shair tera, ‘Insha’ tera


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