That’s how one says ” I don’t know” in Persian!
Nami Daanam is a Persian/Farsi language phrase which means ‘I don’t know.’ In Persian, nami is ‘not’ and daanam is ‘I’ and the meaning can be interpreted as or “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure / I wonder”
The phrase “Nami danam” was recently heard in the popular Dhoom 3 song Kamli. The verse in the song goes: Mere mahiya sanam jaanam ki main kareyaan, nami daanam shab guzri te jag soya ni main jageya nami daanam ni main kamli kamli ni main kamli kamli mere yaar di
English translation O my only beloved, What I am doing I don’t know. The night has passed and the world slept (through the night) but I don’t know (why) I am awake.. I am mad, crazy, I am crazy about my beloved..
Here is the link to the song:
Nami danam is also a poem by Amir Khusrau, the popular Sufi musician, poet and scholar. Khusrow specialised in many styles of Persian poetry which were developed in medieval Persia, from Khāqānī’s qasidas to Nizami’s khamsa. He used 11 metrical schemes with 35 distinct divisions. He has written in many verse forms including Ghazal, Masnavi, Qata, Rubai, Do-Beti and Tarkibhand. His contribution to the development of the ghazal, is significant.
The poem Nami Danam by Khusro and its English translation, is below, sourced from here: http://allpoetry.com/poem/8541029-Nami-Danam…-by-Amir-Khusro
Nami danam chi manzil bood shab jaay ki man boodam;
Baharsu raqs-e bismil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
Pari paikar nigaar-e sarw qadde laala rukhsare;
Sarapa aafat-e dil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
Khuda khud meer-e majlis bood andar laamakan Khusrau;
Muhammad shamm-e mehfil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
I wonder what was the place where I was last night,
All around me were half-slaughtered victims of love,
tossing about in agony.
There was a nymph-like beloved with cypress-like form
and tulip-like face,
Ruthlessly playing havoc with the hearts of the lovers.
God himself was the master of ceremonies in that heavenly court,
oh Khusrau, where (the face of) the Prophet too was shedding light like a candle.