Love Poetry: Longing
25 Feb 2013
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During times of separation, there is intense longing to reunite with the beloved. These songs are full of sadness, describing how we feel when separated from our beloved.
Mil Mere Preetama Jiyo

A shabad (hymn) by Guru Nanak. The first few lines showcase misery in a woman's mind due to separation. The last few lines show how a union is obtained: through prayers to the Guru, with the results (the union) being in the hands of the Almighty.
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Sanwre Tore Bin Jiya Jaye Na

A sorrowful song on separation by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. My motivation to translate this song was to contrast it with 'Mil Mere Preetama Jiyo', a shabad (hymn) by Guru Nanak. The first few couplets of both Sanwre and the shabad, a woman dearly misses her beloved. The depth of pain is significant. However, Guru Nanak's shabad presents a solution to come out of such misery!
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Kenu Sang Khelu Holi

A Meera bhajan (hymn) by Lata Mangeshkar in her mellifluous voice. This composition is a caricature of separation and longing.
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Raina Beeti Jaye

A sad, slow song by Lata Mangeshkar.
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