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The poem that Gulzar penned as a tribute to Mehdi Hassan in January 2010 as part of Aman ki Asha is below. It couldn’t be sheer coincidence that the two legends were both in each others country, Gulzar in Pakistan and Hassan in India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Romanised version is below:

Aakhon ko visa nahi lagta

Sapno ki sarhad hoti nahi

Band aankhon se roz main sahad paar chala jaata hoon milne Mehdi Hassan se!

Sunta hoon unki awaaz ko chot lagi hai

Aur ghazal khamosh hain saamne baithi thui

Kaap rahe hai hoth ghazal ke!

Phir bhi un aakhon ka lehja badla nahi

Jai kehte hai…

Sookh jaye hai phool kitabon mein

Yaar ‘faraz’ bichchad gaye hai, shayad mile wo khyaayo mein!

Band aakhon se aksar sarhad paar chala jaata hoon main!

Aakhon ko visa nahi lagta

Sapno ki sarhad, koi nahi!!

– Gulzar

 

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