The lafz ‘Gulzar’ means rose garden in Persian
Gulzar is also the pen name or takhallus of the versatile Indian poet and lyricist, whose birth name is Sampooran Singh Kalra. Gulzar saab primarily writes in Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) and Punjabi; besides several dialects of Hindi such as Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Haryanvi and Marwari.
Gulzar saab’s poetry has partly been published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar . His short stories are published in Raavi-paar (also known as Dastkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke).
Gulzar saab has a vast knowledge of Urdu Poetry. He is also the creator of a new type of stanza named as ‘Triveni’ (3 lines stanza). Here is an example of a Triveni:
“… ज़मीं भी उसकी, ज़मी की नेमतें उसकी,
ये सब उसी का है,घर भी,ये घर के बंदे भी,
खुदा से कहिये,कभी वो भी अपने घर आयें!”
The ground is His and all that it offers is His
All this is His, the homes and the people in the homes
Request God, to visit His own home also, some time
Here is also a beautiful couplet by Gulzar Saab –
ऐक पुराना मौसम लौटा याद भरी पुरवाई भी
ऐसा तो कम होता है वो भी हो तन्हाई भी
ek puraana mausam lautaa, yaad bharii purvaii bhi
aisaa to kam hii hotaa hai vo bhi ho tanhaaii bhi
An old, forgotten era has returned, bringing the breeze of memories with it
This happens but rarely, she is present and so is loneliness
Here is the ghazal “Ek Purana Mausam lauta” with this couplet, sung by Jagjit Singh:
Zindagi Gulzar Hai is also a new Pakistani romantic drama series directed by Sultana Siddiqui. It premiered on November 30, 2012 on Hum TV. The series is based on a novel of the same name by Umaira Ahmad. Click on the link below for more information on this engaging show, situated in Karachi, that tackles modern social issues through the lives of its rich, upper class protagonist Zaroon and the struggling, middle-class household whose oldest daughter is Kashaf.
Click on the link below to hear the official soundtrack of the show and watch the promotional trailer – http://www.zindagigulzarhai.com/