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Published on 19 May 2010 | over 7 years ago

This song was Mekaal Hasan Band's tribute to India's Amrita Pretum. 'Waris Shah', was written by her on the eve of the partition of the Punjab in 1947.
Amrita Pritam (1919-2005) was an Indian writer and poet, considered the first prominent Punjabi woman, poet, novelist, essayist, and the leading 20th- century poet of the Punjabi language with over 100 books to her name.
Her poignant poem, Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah)- is an elegy addressed to the 18th- century Punjabi poet, capturing her anguish over massacres during the Partition of India (1947).
Waris Shah (1722-1798) was a Punjabi Sufi poet, born in Jandiallah Sher Khan, in what is now the Punjab in Pakistan.
He is best- known for his work Heer Ranjha, based on the traditional and tragic folk tale of Heer and her lover Ranjha, considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature.
Waris Shah, the sufi sage, was a consummate artiste, deeply learned in Sufi knowledge and local cultural lore. His verse is considered a treasure- trove of Punjabi phrases, idioms and imagery.

Lyrics

I implore Waris Shah, to speak from his
grave and add a new page to his book of love
Arise, O friend of the afflicted; arise and
see the state of Punjab,
Corpses strewn on fields and the Chenab
flowing with blood
I implore Waris Shah, to speak from his grave
and add a new page to his book of love
The flute that was turned to love is lost
and all have forgotten the ways of love
and humanity
I implore Waris Shah, to speak from his grave
and add a new page to his book of love
Blood has rained on the soil; the graves ooze
with blood, he princesses’ of love now weep
in graveyards.
Today all have become Quaidos*
thieves of love and beauty
Where can we find another one like Waris Shah
to write about this calamity?
Waris Shah! I implore you. Speak from your
grave and add a new page to your book of love

[*Quaido, a maternal uncle of Heer in “Heer Ranjha” the love epic written by Waris Shah, is the villain who betrays the lovers]

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 ‘Waris Shah' from ’Sampooran' and 'Saptak' by Mekaal Hasan Band by going to
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