Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Aligarh Tarana

Aligarh Tarana is to Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) what any college song is to a college. When Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru visited Aligarh Muslim University, he enquired the students and authorities about their college song or something like it. Having got no concrete answer, he expressed his surprise by saying, "It is very strange that a prestigious university as AMU doesn't have its own college song. " These remarks put a student to unrest and he spent a restless night on this idea. The very next morning, he was ready with a masterpiece which went on to be reckoned as AMU Tarana after being sung at the Strachey Hall for the first time. What a tribute from a disciple to his Alma Mater !!! What a face saving act !!! That great student was Majaz Lakhnawi - the poet.

The lyrics of Tarana are here for you to relish. The urdu is impeccable but when sung in chorus with all the vigour, it can move mountains and create waves in the most placid lakes.

I thank Mohib Ahmad - the owner of Aligarians.com for the Tarana Lyrics in Roman Script.


Ye mera chaman hai mera chaman, main apne chaman ka bulbul hun
Sar-shaar-e-nigah-e-nargis hun, paa-basta-e-gesu-e-sumbul hun

(chaman: garden; bulbul: nightingale; sarshaar: overflowing, soaked; nigaah: sight; nargis: flower, Narcissus; paa-bastaa: embedded; gesuu: tresses; sumbul:  a plant with a plesant scent)

Ye mera chaman hai mera chaman, ye mera chaman hai mera chaman
Main apne chaman ka bulbul hun

Jo taaq-e-haram mein roshan hai, wo shama yahan bhi jalti hai
Is dasht ke goshe goshe se, ek joo-e-hayat ubalti hai
Ye dasht-e-junoon deewanon ka, ye bazm-e-wafa parwanon ki
Ye shahr-e-tarab roomanon ka, ye khuld-e-bareen armanon ki
Fitrat ne sikhai hai ham ko, uftaad yahan parwaaz yahan
Gaaye hain wafa ke geet yahan, chheda hai junoon ka saaz yahan

(taaq-e-haram: a niche in the sacred Kaaba in Mecca; roshan: glowing; shamaa: candle;
dasht: wilderness, desert; goshaa: corner; juu-e-hayaat: stream of life; junuuN: frenzy;
bazm: gathering; vafaa: faithfulness; shahr-e-tarab: city of mirth; Khuld-e-bariiN: sublime paradise; armaan: hopes; fitrat: nature; uftaad: beginning of life; parvaaz: flight; saaz: song on an instrument)

Ye mera chaman hai mera chaman, main apne chaman ka bulbul hun

Is bazm meiN taigheiN khencheen hain, is bazm meiN saghar tode hain
Is bazm meiN aankh bichhai hai, is bazm meiN dil tak jode hain
Har shaam hai shaam-e-Misr yahan, har shab hai shab-e-Sheeraz yahan
Hai saare jahan ka soz yahan aur saare jahan ka saaz yahan
Zarraat ka bosa lene ko, sau baar jhuka aakaash yahan
Khud aankh se ham ne dekhi hai, batil ki shikast-e-faash yahan

(teGh: sword; saGhar: goblet; shaam-e-Misr: evenings of Egpyt; shab-e-Sheeraz: nights of Sheeraz, a famous city of Iran; soz: pain; zarraat: dust particles; bosaa: kiss; baatil: evil; shikast-e-faash: clear defeat)

Ye mera chaman hai mera chaman, ye mera chaman hai mera chaman
Main apne chaman ka bulbul hun

Jo abr yahan se uthega, wo saare jahan par barsega
Har joo-e-rawan par barsega, har koh-e-garan par barsega
Har sard-o-saman par barsega, har dasht-o-daman par barsega
Khud apne chaman par barsega, ghairon ke chaman par barsega
Har shahr-e-tarab par garjega, har qasr-e-tarab par kadkega

(abr: cloud; juu-e-ravaan: flowing streams; koh-e-garaaN: big mountains; sard-o-saman: open and shelter; dasht-o-daman: wild and subdued; qasr-e-tarab: citadel of joy)

Ye abr hamesha barsa hai, ye abr hamesha barsega
Ye abr hamesha barsa hai, ye abr hamesha barsega
Ye abr hamesha barsa hai, ye abr hamesha barsega
Barsegaa, Barsegaa, Barsegaaa...
~ Majaz Lakhnawi

~ Listen to Aligarh Tarana

~ Nazr-e-Aligarh - The complete nazm of which the Aligarh Tarana is an abridged version.


Anonymous Mohib said...

I didn't knew the story behind the tarana, thanks for this post.

And I can be called, at best, administrator of Aligarians.com, It belongs to all Aligs.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Samir Azim said...

Absolute raw talent..hats off

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 2:20:00 AM  
Anonymous shabana said...

its the sweetest sound to my ears, and will always remain so. even today, listening to it makes me so proud to be part of the cultural milestone called AMU.


Monday, June 09, 2008 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger azzi said...

this is the best work of majaz lakhnawi .i m proud to be an aligarian .

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 7:40:00 PM  
Blogger vishal said...

Thanks to Mr. Majaz Lakhnawi -to write this Sweet tarana, usually i sing it and every time it make me feel Proud and part of Prestigious University(AMU)and this feling become more strong when i sing this sweet Tarana.
Its Awesome!!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:29:00 PM  
Blogger rizwan said...

I alwayz feel water in my eyes whenever i use to listen my(AMU) tarana.....proud to b aligarian.

Sunday, October 18, 2009 9:34:00 PM  
Blogger khurram said...

Much said & could be said for the respected Tarana but a line to be added is Old Student when starts forgetting about past about his student life then one line of this Tarana has power to take him back at the first day of his Joining to the last of leaving ....
Hats off to all the concerns......

Monday, November 09, 2009 6:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tanvir said...

wat is the english meaning of the tarana???i don know urdu.....

Friday, December 04, 2009 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger ranjan said...

jo tarannum me gaya jaye, use tarana kahte hain

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger sabah said...

For the Nth time, i feel my eyes moist when listening to this Tarana

Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This TARANA is supperbbbbbbbbbbbb
i think it is the best tarana

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Aligarians,
As Salam Alaykum,

Pure Saal, 17 Oct. ka Intezar rahta hai. Ki us din hamen hamara pyara TARANA sunne ka hi nahin, Gane ka bhi mauqa milta hai aur ham apni awaz\, alap, sur wa tal se beneyaz hokar, jhoom jhoom kar gate hain. Aur Yadon ke ashk ankhon se bahte hain magar lub muskurate hai.

Asif Sayeed
Proud to be an Aligarian.
Gorakhpur (U.P.)
Mob. No. 0 94 550 85 299
email : asayeed0786@gmail.com

Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Shafiq ur Rahman Natnoo said...

It's a masterpiece by Mejaz Lakhnawi ! Really very beautiful....

Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Md said...

this is the best in the word its the sweetest sound to my ears I alwayz feel water in my eyes whenever i use to listen my(AMU) tarana.....proud to b aligarian.


Friday, October 29, 2010 3:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Blog Creator,

I want to thank you for your wonderful blog and for making the world of Aligarh available on the web.

You have no idea how much happiness you bring to some people.

The "Tarana" as it is known in our household is very close to our hearts (inherited from our mum). We live in Pakistan and she is quite old but her memories of Aligarh are very precious and as fresh as yesterday. She is seriously ill now and tonight it brought her amazing happiness when i read out some stuff from your blog and when she heard the tarana. In fact she sung along.

Oh and i did the "M" quiz with her and she knew it all...!! so i guess it applies through the ages.. and then she told me the importance of Marris Road! :) (I am so obviously not an Aligarian!! Apologies)

I don't have the words to thank you. Although it will not translate into what i what i am feeling but Thank you. Thank you for bringing happiness into an old woman's heart and life and for relighting the lamp in the world of her Aligarh memories. May God Bless You.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 1:03:00 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

The feeling that my blog could bring a smile or some happiness to someone, is exhilarating. Please convey my salaam to your mom and my loving "Get well soon" wishes to a senior Aligarian :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger shaban nafees said...

Assalamualaikum wa rehmatullah,
its really amazing and never heared, but i want to say somthin for our brothers and sister's knowledge for i am the junior member of g.e.c. Music club. Its completely based on seven tones like 'jan gar man' but yet very amazing what reaches to the heart core. When i heared the tarana first time it begun tear in ma eyes and whenever i listen tarana it brings back tear in ma eyes thanks a lot to 'majaz lakhnawi' for such awesome poetry. Mashallah !!
And especially to ma brother Qais for making such beautiful, laboured,
lusterious blog. Mashallah !!

Monday, February 06, 2012 3:35:00 AM  
Blogger Arif Ali said...

This is the best tarana in world.I m proud to be an aligarian.I request all aligarh to add me on facebook.My email is aliarif97@gmail.com

Friday, March 02, 2012 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous JUNAID ASHRAF ALIG said...

AMU TARANA Aligarians ke dil ki awaz hai jise sunne aur gane ko dil machal uthta hai. I LOVE AMU AND MAJAZ LAHNAWI. I can be reached junaidashraf72@yahoo.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:04:00 AM  
Anonymous ahmar said...

simply marvellous......makes me cry......proud to be an alig

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Nadeem akhtar ({:;;;:"""Never Beleive In "L"o"v"e" said...

When i listen AMU Tarana alwzzz i back to 1993 when i joined AMU...

Love you..... Alg.....

Nadeem Akhtar

Friday, January 18, 2013 9:02:00 AM  

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