This song from Mani Ratnam’s 2007 film, Guru is a Sufi-style tribute to veteran Pakistani qawwali singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning, the king of kings of Qawwali. It was written by Gulzar to commemorate his tenth death anniversary. I have written before about the qawwali tradition and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan probably the best known artist in the modern history of this style, having performed all over the world. The opening and intermittent dham dara dham dara refrains, sung by Murtuza Khan and Quadir Khan set the smooth and ballet-like quality of this song of despair and separation from the beloved. The phrases are simple and rustic, making it apt for expressing the thoughts of the lead protagonists of the film, who come from humble backgrounds.The real  triumph for me however, are the earthy voices of Rahman and Chinmaye that give an unforgettable edge to this number, something very different from the usual sweet singing that one hears in Bollywood songs.

Mani Ratnam’s Guru, loosely based on the life of Indian business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, the Reliance Industries, was a favorite of masses and critics alike, receiving extensive praise from international press. Aside from award winning performances and music, the background score of the film by Rahman is easily one of his best works. I am not sure if it’s a legal copy, but the full film with English subtitles can be seen here in fairly good quality. It was a tough translation and I have taken some liberties with phrases to keep the rhythm of the song intact. I would love to hear your feedback here or on the Facebook or Twitter page of bollywoodtarjuma.

Song Credits
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers:
A.R. Rahman, Chinmaye, Murtuza Khan & Qadir Khan
Music: A.R. Rahman

Movie Credits
Directed by: Mani Ratnam
Starring:  Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, R. Madhavan, Vidya Balan
Produced by: Mani Ratnam, G. Srinivasan
Release: 12 January 2007

Original Lyrics- Tere Bina

Dum dara dum dara mast mast dara
Dum dara dum dara mast mast dara
Dum dara dum dum oh hum dum
Bin tere kya jeena

Na jaa chaakri ke mare na ja
Souten pukaare
Saawan aayega toh poochega
Na ja re
Pheeki pheeki beswaadhi
Yeh ratiyaan
Kaatoore kate na kate na
Ab tere bina sajna sajna
Kaate kate na
Katena katena tere bina
Tere bina beswaadi beswaadi
Ratiyaan, oh sajna oh

Tere bina chaand ka sona khota re
Peeli peeli dhool udaawe jhoota re
Tere bina sona peetal
Tere sang keekar peepal
Aaja katena ratiyaan
Dum dara dum dara mast mast dara
Dum dara dum dara mast mast dara
Dum dara dum dum oh hum dum
Bin tere kya jeena

Translation of Tere Bina by bollywoodtarjuma

Dum dara dum dara, where is my joy and fun
Dum dara dum dara where is my moon and sun,
my dear love, my companion,
without you, my life is so glum.

Tasteless and never-ending nights,
parched and shriveled sights
My love, without you,
life is devoid of delights.

Don’t answer if the work calls,
don’t wait if the mistress stalls,
Monsoon will come and leave,
all the rain, your absence will reave

Without you my love,
the moonlit gold is a sham,
just yellow dust turning to sand.
Without you,
Precious diamonds play phony-tricks,
lush-trees feel like cactus-pricks.

Please come for the nights don’t pass,
silver is stone and gold turns to brass.
tasteless and never-ending nights,
parched and shriveled sights
My love, without you,
life is devoid of delights.

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