Monday, 25 January 2010

ibn-e-batuuta baGal meN juutaa

Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena had written a poem for children:

ibn-e-batuuta pahen ke juutaa, nikal paRe tuufaan meN
thoRii havaa naak meN ghus ga_ii thoRee ghus kaan meN
kabhii naak ko kabhii kaan ko malte ibn-e-batuuta
isii biich meN nikal paRaa unke paaNv kaa juutaa
uRte uRte juutaa unkaa jaa pahuNchaa jaapaan meN
ibn-e-batuutaa khaRe rah gaye mochii kii dukaan meN

Gulzar wrote ibn-e-batuutaa baGal meN juutaa in Ishqiya (2010)

3 comments:

Lakshmi said...

Did you get Mahendra Kapoor-Asha Bhosale version of 'rafta rafa woh mere hasti ka samaan ho gaye' (I happened to see the comment posted by one Sunil under your blog entry, but I could not get a link to him when I clicked on his name)...I'd appreciate it very much if you could share the MP3 with me, in case you've acquired it. my email ID is laaraa62@gmail.com (I have a YT channel - http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LakshmiRavishankar)

Lakshmi said...

Did you get Mahendra Kapoor-Asha Bhosale version of 'rafta rafa woh mere hasti ka samaan ho gaye' (I happened to see the comment posted by one Sunil under your blog entry, but I could not get a link to him when I clicked on his name)...I'd appreciate it very much if you could share the MP3 with me, in case you've acquired it. my email ID is laaraa62@gmail.com (I have a YT channel - http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LakshmiRavishankar)

P.S. Sorry I forgot to check email followup option, which I did now

Write said...

Friends, let me start by saying: I too like Gulzar Sahab and his lyrics like all of you. But this is strange...this is deja-vu of a bizzare kind. While reading another poem titled 'Aksar ek vyatha' by sarveshwar Dayal Saxena some months back I remembered Gulzar. Film 'Kaminey' had released around that time and one of its songs 'Pehli baar mohabbat ki hai' had these lines -
'yaad hai pepal ke
jisak ghane saaye the
hunme gilhairi ke jhoote matar
khaaye the'.

I was surprised to read striking similar lines in Sarveshwar Jee's poem, which went like this -
'Suraj ko gilhari
ped par baithi khaati hai
aksar duniya
matar ka daana ho jaati hai'.

And now the recent controversy involves Gulzar Sahab plagiarizing the same poet! Is it just a coincidence? Or is it a case of subconsciously following someone whose work you may have admired all this while.

I am also aware of the fact that Gulzar Sahab writes regularly for a children magazine called 'Chakmak', published from Bhopal. Last year, Sarveshwar's poetry 'Ibn-e-batuta, pehen ke joota' was published in this magazine. May be Gulzar Sahab got exposed to it then or got inspired from there.

No one doubts Gulzar Sahab's talent but it is too much of a coincidence to ignore! And when it comes to showing solidarity, there isn't much choice between a poet and a lyricist. Especially in the light that Sarveshwar Jee is not alive to defend his own work, which he must have painstakingly conceived and crafted.