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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.

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.

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!

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

A sad, slow song by Lata Mangeshkar.

25 Feb 2013
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