“Tu Kaun Hai”

Woman

This song, from Lucky Ali’s album ‘Aks‘ (Reflection) is one of my all time favorites. It was also used as an OST for the critically acclaimed Indian film ‘Bhopal Express‘, which was based on the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. (The YouTube link for that version of the song is here.)

The lyrics that have been used in the song to portray a ‘woman’ are as powerful as they are indelible. Lucky Ali’s enchanting voice and the use of the Guitar notes have made this song even more haunting.

Lyrics (in Hindi) –

“कहाँ से तू आती है, कहाँ को तू जाती है,

सपनो को सजाती है, अपनों को ले जाती है,

बागों में जब बहती है, कानो में कुछ कहती है,

आती है नज़र नहीं, साँसों में पर रहती है,

हवा है, पवन है,

वायु है, पुरवाई है,

जीवन है, जान है,

या परछाई है,

देने आयी है या कुछ मेरे लिए लायी है,

पूछूँगा मैं क्या तुज्हसे कहाँ से तू आयी,

तू कौन है .. तू कौन है ..

तू जब चलती, चलते बदल,

झुक जाती तो गिरते पत्ते,

तू कहती तो दीये जलते,

फूलों के दिल दिल से मिलते,

सागर की लहरों में लहराती है तू कल – कल,

पत्तों के पायलों में लाती खन – खन,

“खट खट” – “कोई नहीं”, ऐसा एक झोकां है,

कुछ है, सच है,

या तू एक धोका है,

तू कौन है .. तू कौन है ..

कहाँ से तू आती है, कहाँ को तू जाती है,

सपनो को सजाती है, अपनों को ले जाती है,

बागों में जब बहती है, कानो में कुछ कहती है,

आती है नज़र नहीं, साँसों में पर रहती है,

तू कौन है .. तू कौन है ..”

This is one of the best descriptions of the ‘mystery of womanhood’ that I’ve ever come across. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day tomorrow on 8 March 2010, I dedicate this song to all the women who have had a profound impact on my life.

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10 thoughts on ““Tu Kaun Hai”

    • I’m glad that you liked it! And thanks for sharing the lyrics to Billy Joel’s song too.. I listened to it.. and loved it! 🙂 In really candid words.. he has described the notion of womanhood very well!

    • Thanks Sourabh!

      I checked the YouTube link and it seems to be working here.. do check it again.. or use the following link..

      Embedding is disabled on it so I couldn’t add it inside the blog.. plus some videos are blocked from viewing from some places / countries.. which is why you might be having a problem viewing it.

    • Yes, it’s a very good song with great lyrics; I couldn’t think of a more appropriate article for women’s day!

      Some other people too faced an issue with the YouTube video, and yes lot of times they block the viewing of certain videos from certain regions of the world, so maybe that’s the cause of it. But I’m glad you heard the audio mp3 of it 🙂

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