Friday, February 14, 2014

Mahmud Gami's Azme

from a book published in 1959

The following song by Mahmud Gami [1750-1855] may be given as an example of a real love song, though even this can be interpreted in Sufi wise. The story goes that Gami wrote the song about a girl of Kutahar (a village in the Maraz pargana of Kashmir) named Azme, and that it became the occasion of trouble for its author. Complaints were made about Gami, and his father reported the matter to the Tahsildar of the district; but the poet explained that Azme meant 'to-day' and that the whole song had only a Sufi significance.

Azme


'Azme lil am vuchh-haet vare
'Azme hawih di dare, lo lo, 'Azme…

Azme, love of thee came to me, fortunate vision!
Azme, show me thy face, O darling. Azme love of thee...

Shangas augam van kati prare
Badnam gos kutahare, lo lo, 'Azme…

Say where shall I wait, in Shangas or Naugam?
An ill name I got in Kutahar!  Azme love of thee...

Achhavala neb am brang kutahare
Lachha baedi laegim kola tare, lo lo, 'Azme…

I sought thee in Achhaval, Brang, Kutahar -
Lakh of hardships I suffered, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Rokh chon sazaposh guli anare
Chashma chani kya chhi ab, dare lo lo, 'Azme…

Pomegranate thy cheeks, or saza-posh-
How dark are thine eyes, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Guma hatsa bomba chani kya chhi moj dare
Nasti chani kari mare, lo lo, 'Azme…

Shining thy brows as though with sweat-
How many a one thy nose has slain, my darling! Azme love of thee...

bar taq bhit kong-posh tsaran
Melum chhum na kanhzi ra'e, lo lo, Azme…

Sitting by the door, choosing saffron flowers,
I know not for whom, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Kolagam indrah kya chhi nam dare
Tsakra chhas bedare, lo lo, 'Azme…

What a famous spinning wheel is there in Kolgam,
Matchless its handle, Azme love of thee...

Indarad chonis rapa sanza tare
Vucch-vaen ta ga'e bemare lo lo, 'Azme…

Silver are the strings of thy spinning wheel,
Those who see it fall ill with wonder, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Zovilis tumalas dogdivare
'Azme Hund sarvi qad rutiye lo lo, 'Azme...

Skilfully pounding the rice so fine,
The good shape of the cypress has Azme my darling! Azme love of thee...

Nol kya chhuy tse lalan trotiye
'Azme Hund van kapan tsotiye lo lo , 'Azme…

Bright is her dress as a pearl,
Short are the plaits of Azme, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Zovilis mastas Kaugan fidivare
Vankan karay shumare lo lo. 'Azme...

Slowly combing her hair so fine -
I will count up thy plaits, my darling! Azme love of thee...

Sor lok yem ga'e avare lo lo, 'Azme…
[Probably a missing line]

Kamadev has passed through Kutahar,
All folk must yield (?), my darling! Azme love of thee...

Mahmud Miskina ha Van prare
Badnam gos kutahare lo lo, 'Azme...

Hapless Mahmud, where shall he wait for thee?
An ill name I won in Kutahar, my darling! Azme love of thee...

~ From 'Thirty Songs from the Panjab and Kashmir' (1913) by Ratan Devi and Ananda Coomaraswamy.


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