बुधवार, जनवरी 28, 2009

माँ !

रात हमारी आँखों से फ़िर बही कहानी अम्मा की,
खिड़की से जब सटकर महकी रात की रानी अम्मा की!

दादा की वो गिरी हवेली ,टुटा तुलसी का चौरा ,

पिछवारे की नीम भी जाने ,उमर खपानी अम्मा की!

हम लोगो को खिला-पिला के, जब अम्मा थक जाती थी,
हमने देखी पानी पीकर, भूख छुपानी अम्मा की !

खीर ,पनीर या दाल मखानी और परांठें गोभी के ,
अदरक लहसुन के चटनी सी ,गंध सुहानी अम्मा की !

छोड़-छाड़कर चले गएँ सब किसको उसका ध्यान रहा,
बस बाबु को याद रही वो चिता जलानी अम्मा की!

दे कर अपना चेहरा-माथा अम्मा जाने कहा गयी,
हम जिंदा हैं इस दुनिया में एक निशानी अम्मा की!

रात हमारी आँखों से फ़िर बही कहानी अम्मा की,
खिड़की से जब सटकर, महकी रात की रानी अम्मा की!

सोमवार, जनवरी 26, 2009

हौसले की बात !

शब्द का संबल समय की धार देखो,
और अपने हाथ की पतवार देखो !

नाव टूटी हो भले ,हिम्मत न टूटे ,
देखना है तो ,नदी के पार देखो !


जब चल पडोगे रास्ते आसन पाओगे,
फ़िर साथ अपने पक्ष में तूफ़ान पाओगे!

जलयान जब तलक न समुन्दर में जाएगा,
तब -तक न समुन्दर की छटा जान पाओगे!

जीवन तो ज़द्दोज़हद का पर्याय है मगर,
मेरी ग़ज़ल में जीने का अरमान पाओगे!


Zakir :Zakir HussainZakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study The favorite accompanist for many of India's greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there.

Zakir & Alla RakhaWidely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, includingShakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drumwith Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.

Zakir & Alla RakhaA child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve, the gifted son of his great father, tabla legend Ustad Alla Rakha. Zakir came to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year. He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. He has composed soundtracks for the films In Custody, and The Mystic Masseur directed by Ismail Merchant, Bertolucci's Little Buddha, for which Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor, Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), chosen to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 1999, Saaz, and Everybody Says I'm Fine.

Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. He was commissioned to compose music for Alonzo King'sLines, and to compose an original work for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, both in 1998. He has received numerous grants and awards, including participation in the Meet the Composer programs funded by the Pew Memorial Trust and an "Izzie" (Isadora Duncan Award) for his composition for Lines. In 2000, Zakir worked again with choreographer Alonzo King, this time composing music for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2002, his commissioned work for choreographer Mark Morris' "Kolam" premiered as part of YoYo Ma's "Silk Road Project" with YoYo Ma and Zakir performing together live for the performance. In September, 2006, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed by Zakir, Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by them with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. Zakir reunited with choreographer Alonzo King in 2007 for Lines Ballet's 25th anniversary celebration, creating acclaimed music for King's new work, Rasa. The government of India in 2007 chose Zakir to compose an anthem to celebrate India's 60th year of independence. The song, "Jai Hind", has been recorded by an array of India's finest classical vocalists and pop singers.

The recipient of countless honors, Zakir has received the titles of Padma Bhushan, in 2002, and Padma Shri, in 1988, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these, given to civilians of merit, by the Indian government. In 1990, he was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his outstanding cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India. In April, 1991, he was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India, making him one of the youngest musicians to receive this recognition from India's governing cultural institute. In 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious Kalidas Samman, an award for artists of exceptional achievement, from the government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2007, readers' polls from both Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines named him Best World Music and Best Worldbeat Drummer respectively.

In 1987, his first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded." In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart, was awarded a Grammy for Best World Music Album, the Downbeat Critics' Poll for Best World Beat Album and the NARM Indie Best Seller Award for World Music Recording. Planet Drum, with Zakir as music director, toured nationally in 1996 and 1997. The band has re-emerged as Global Drum Project, touring widely in the '07 and '08 seasons.

Zakir is the recipient of the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' most prestigious honor for a master in the traditional arts, presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United States Senate on September 28, 1999. In 2005, he was named an Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, where he resided for the 2005-2006 autumn semester as full professor in the music department, teaching a survey course in Indian classical music and dance. In the spring of 2007, this course was taught again by Zakir, this time at Stanford University.

In 1992, Zakir founded Moment! Records which features original collaborations in the field of contemporary world music, as well as live concert performances by great masters of the classical music of India. The label presents Zakir's own world percussion ensemble,The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shaktiand a Masters of Percussion series. Moment Records' 2006 release "Golden Strings of the Sarode" with Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category for that year.

शुक्रवार, जनवरी 23, 2009

कोई दीवाना कहता है....कुमार विश्वास

कोई दीवाना कहता है ,कोई पागल समझता है
मगर धरती की बेताबी तो बस बादल समझता है!
तू मुझसे दूर कैसी है,मैं तुझसे दूर कैसे हूँ ,
ये तेरा दिल समझता है; या मेरा दिल समझता है!
मोहबत एक एहसासों कि पावन सी कहानी है,
कभी कबीरा दीवाना था,कभी मीरा दीवानी है!
यहाँ सब लोग कहतें हैं मेरी आँखों में आंसू हैं,
जो तू समझे तो मोती है,जो न समझे तो पानी है!
समंदर पीर का दिलं में मगर मैं रो नहीं सकता ,
ये आंसू प्यार के मोती हैं ,इनको खो नहीं सकता!
मेरी चाहत को दुल्हन तू बना ले पर, मगर सुन ले,
जो मेरा हो नहीं पाया,वो तेरा हो नहीं सकता!
भ्रमर कोई कुमुदिनी पर मचल बैठा तो हंगामा ,
हमारे दिल में कोई खाब पल बैठा तो हंगामा !
अभी सब डूब कर सुनते थें यूँ किस्से मोहब्बत के
जो अफसाना हकीकत में ही ढल बैठा तो हंगामा !
कोई दीवाना कहता है,कोई पागल समझता
है मगर धरती की बेताबी तो बस बादल समझता है!

(भारत के हिन्दी कविता के सशक्त हस्ताक्षर कुमार विश्वास की ये रचना जाने-अनजाने में किसी को भी फ्लैशबैक में पहुँचा देती है!प्रेम एक शाश्वत अनुभूति है,इसे सहज अनुभव से समझा जा सकता है!)

गुरुवार, जनवरी 15, 2009

मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

मुझको यारों माफ़ करना ,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!
याद फ़िर भी गावं आता,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

लोगों की खुदगर्ज़ आँखें देखती हैं दिल कहाँ?
रोज धोखे खा रहा हूँ,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

जिन बुजुर्गों की दुआएं ले के पहुँचा अर्श तक
याद कर पता न उनको मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

भीड़ अंधों की है दौडे मेरे ही चारो तरफ़ ,
मुझको भी दीखता नही अब ,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

वक्त की ड्योढी में बैठे यार पीछे खींचते,
उनसे मिल पता नही अब ,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

चाँद आ कर देखता है ,अब भी मुझको गावं से
अपनी बिल्डिंग में छुपा हूँ ,मैं अभी शहर में हूँ!

-उमेश पाठक

(महानगरों की दौड़ती- भागती ज़िन्दगी में इन्सान बहुत पीछे छूटता जा रहा है ,उपर्युक्त कविता नगरीय संस्कृति के अनुभव से उपजी है ! )

गुरुवार, जनवरी 08, 2009

अपनी बात कहने के लिए एक माध्यम की आवश्यकता होती है ,यह ब्लॉग उसी का प्रथम चरण है.आप के विचारों का स्वागत है!
- उमेश पाठक