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Published on 16 Mar 2010 | over 7 years ago

'Sajan' was one of Mekaal Hasan Band's first songs to capture the public imagination and in fact opens their now classic debut record, 'Sampooran'.
Lyrically, 'Sajan' is a Sufiana Kaafi by Shah Hussain (1538–1591) who was a Punjabi Sufi poet and is regarded as a Sufi saint.
Born in Lahore, Punjab, he is considered to be a pioneer of the Kafi form of Punjabi poetry.

His tomb and shrine is located at the Baghbanpura precincts, adjacent to the Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan. His Urs (annual death anniversary) is celebrated at his shrine every year during the "Mela Chiraghan" ("Festival of Lights")

This ‘kafi', works on a dual level, the physical and the spiritual. In this beautifully written poem, the comparison is ostensibly between two lovers but at a spiritual level, it is the desire of a mortal to seek a lasting relationship

Lyrics (Translated from Punjabi)

My beloved has my hand in his,
how can I tell him to leave my hand
The night is dark & stormy,
without a companion/guide/teacher I am lost.
He holds my hand so tightly & with such passion
How can I tell him to leave?
One day you too will release me.
Hussain, the servant of God says,
With just a glance you entered my heart

Personnel

Mekaal Hasan : Guitars
Muhammad Ahsan Papu : Flute
Javed Akhtar : Keyboards
Javed Bashir : Vocals
Mike Mondesir : Bass
John Louis Pinto aka 'Gumby' : Drums

Released on 7th January, 2004.

Album mixed and mastered by Mekaal Hasan at Digital Fidelity Studios, Lahore Pakistan.
Album Produced by Mekaal Hasan for Dfs Records

Hear 'Sajan from 'Sampooran' by Mekaal Hasan Band and lots more music by going to
bit.ly/MHBMusic
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