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vo yaar hai jo khushboo ki tarah
jiski zubaan urdu ki tarah
meri shaam raat meri kaynaat
vo yaar mera saiyya saiyya

There’s a friend who is like a sweet fragrance,
Whose words are like Urdy poetry,
Who is my evening, my night, my resurrection,
That friend is my beloved!

These are the lyrics, which are part of the famous song “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the film ‘Dil Se’ directed by Mani Ratnam. The song was very popular when it released in1998. The lyrics of “Chaiyya Chaiyya” are based on the Sufi folk song “Thaiyya Thaiyya” with lyrics by poet Bulleh Shah. Singer Sukhwinder Singh originally suggested the song to A.R. Rahman who was looking for a Punjabi devotional song to include on the soundtrack of Dil Se. Gulzar subsequently rewrote the lyrics and changed the name to “Chaiyya Chaiyya”. Most of the lyrics in the film have a very strong Urdu influence.

Given below are the links to songs “Chaiyya Chaiyya”, and the Tamil version called “Thaiyya Thaiyya”.

Chaiyya Chaiyya

Thaiyya Thaiyya.