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Farida KhanumFarida Khanum is a popular Pakistani Ghazal singer from Punjab who has been called “Malika-e-Ghazal” (Queen of Ghazal) by Times of India. Below is a link to an interesting article by Ali Sethi in the Caravan Magazine, “The Djinn of Aiman” on Farida Khanum who returned to sing in Calcutta, her birthplace. She currently lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

The Djinn of Aiman by Ali Sethi

One of her most popular ghazals is ‘Aaj jaane ki zidd na karo’, written by the renowned poet Fayyaz Hashmi. Here are the lyrics to the ghazal with a loose English translation below:

Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Tonight, don’t insist on leaving
Sit here close to me
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving
Oh I will die, I will be lost
Don’t say such things
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving

Tum hi socho zara, kyun na roke tumhe
Jaan jaati hai jab uth ke jaate ho tum
Tumko apni qasam jaan-e-jaan
Baat itni meri maan lo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Just think for a moment, Why shouldn’t I stop you
When my life leaves everytime you go
I swear to you, my beloved
Agree to this one request of mine
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving ..

Waqt ki qaid mein zindagi hai magar
Chand ghadiyan yehi hain jo aazad hain
Inko khokar mere jaan-e-jaan
Umr bhar na taraste raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Life seems to be trapped in the prison of time
These are but the few moments that are free
By losing them, my beloved
Let’s not have a life of regret
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving
Oh I will die, I will be lost
Don’t say such things
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving

Kitna maasoom rangeen hai yeh sama
Husn aur ishq ki aaj mein raaj hai
Kal ki kisko khabar jaan-e-jaan
Rok lo aaj ki raat ko
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

What a virgin colour is the weather
It is the reign of beauty and love
Who knows what will happen tomorrow
Let’s stop this night, tonight
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving

Here is a link to the ghazal as sung by Farida Khanum:

The ghazal has been sung by a number of artists like Habib Wali Mohammad, Anup Jalota, Asha Bhonsle and has been re-created and sung Coke Studio Pakistan by Ramya Iyer and Rupmatii Jolly, which can be enjoyed at the link below:

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