‘Jugni Ji’

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To soar, that tune needed no wings,

Swayed four head-robbed souls,

Sang their hearts out to the poles,

Mindless, they sat on high rocks,

Over thousand feet, their toes towered down,

Their eyes shone, as the Sun got ready without a frown,

To take off His golden robe, put away His crown,

In wraps, they tapped to that Sufi beat,

Celebrated their freedom, sweet,

No more prisoners of the world’s shine,

No more confined within its suffocating cells of heat,

Brains stepped out of their woolens,

Then crept out of their frames,

Rendered four groovy figures vacuum,

Carefree of the night’s length,

Of the approaching hungry Doom,

They were already miles away from time-bound sequences,

From reasons, logic and consequences,

Undirected, fingers exhibited blood-ties to that rhythm,

Echoed the mountains,

Sparkled, gargled, those shy fountains,

In farewell to the spent Star,

Plucked the strings,

Hailed the chilly infinity,

Hummed the Himachali air, ‘Jugni Ji * ‘…

 

From across the border, swayed in flavors,

Rubbed away map-margins from their faculties,

Drenched in waters of the Sind,

On its banks, on the greener side, grew up this melody,

Ascended to the clouds, exhaled fumes of fatigue, frustration,

Departed their minds, a thick smog of hard-earned depression,

Left four jamming cerebrums,

Past that glacier soaking those setting rays,

Peaks gleaming to seduce in orange lipstick,

To the skies, painted with their eye-candies in smiles,

They looked on with pride,

As the four performed handsome on that stage of liberty,

Hummed the entire valley,

Hummed Parvati,

Hummed the Himachali air, ‘Jugni Ji * ’…

 

Shattering myths of its dumb silence,

Broke open in rhythmic applaud,

Miraculously, that serene clime,

To that blue canvas, infinite,

On the flight of music,

Soared all the four,

Hands in their hands, those ladies twirled,

With their artists, mesmerized, they balled,

Jingled the tambourine,

Tapped wood on the guitar’s spine,

Love ran out of bounds, rocketed blind,

Unchained, it leaped into fancy eternity,

Sang rose-red hearts,

Hummed the entire valley,

Hummed Parvati,

Hummed the Himachali air, ‘Jugni Ji * ’…

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Debaroon’2013

Inspired from a jamming session in the Mountains at dusk, and from the talented Pakistani folk singer, Arif Lohar’s acclaimed track,  ‘Jugni Ji’ from its Coke Studio version with Meesha Shafi.

*Jugni Ji’ – The word ‘Jugni’ refers to a ‘female firefly’ in Punjabi Folk Music. In spiritual poetry, ‘Jugni’ means the spirit of life/essence of life.

In Pakistan, Jugni was popularized by the late folk music singer Alam Lohar. He received a gold disc LP for his Jugni in 1965. After that Saleem Javed and Arif Lohar, Alam Lohar’s son, among others, have kept the tradition alive.

Arif has brought in a more contemporary touch by incorporating modern vibes and rock influence in his versions of Jugni with Mukhtar Sahota (notably in his album “21st century Jugni”).

Arif Lohar has currently sang it for Coke Studio in Pakistan along with Meesha Shafi, a popular Pakistani youth, a version that will help this iconic song to further live on and on.

Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jugni

 

 

 

Images from : http://archdioceseoftoronto.blogspot.in, http://commons.wikimedia.org, http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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2 thoughts on “‘Jugni Ji’

  1. Reblogged this on Lyrix & Life and commented:
    Inspired from a jamming session in the Mountains at dusk, and from the talented Pakistani folk singer, Arif Lohar’s acclaimed track, ‘Jugni Ji’ from its Coke Studio version with Meesha Shafi.

    * ‘Jugni Ji’ – The word ‘Jugni’ refers to a ‘female firefly’ in Punjabi Folk Music. In spiritual poetry, ‘Jugni’ means the spirit of life/essence of life.
    Courtesy Debaroon MyLores.com

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