Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Chhap Tilak Sab Cheeni

It’s been a couple of days since I have posted something new on my blog and today I again end up posting a lovely Sufi Kalam by Kailash Kher, “Chap Tilak Sab Deeni”. The song is from the second Album of Kailasa band, Kailasa. The voice of Kailash is so powerful and the music is so pumping that you could not resist yourself accompanying Kailash Kher at the top of your voice. 

“Chaap Tilak” has an amazing melange of pure folk and pop music and sounds very energising to the heart and soul. Though this song has been performed before by many singers, somehow Kailash’s rendition is the one I love the most. You can listen to the pure form of this song, which has been sung by late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. “Chaap Tilak Sab” was also included in the movie “Main Tulsi Tere Aagan ki “and was performed by Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar. A little influence of this beautiful Sufi kalam can also be felt in the “Sathiya” movie song, “Jhuth Kapat Chalke re” sung by Mahalaxmi Iyer and Richa Sharma.

“Chaap Tilak” is the work of the renowned 13th century Sufi poet, Aamir Khusro. This is one of the most famous Kalams penned by him, in what was called “Hindvi” at that time. Aamir Khusro was the spiritual disciple of dervish Nizamuddin Aulia of Delhi and had a strong faith in Sufism. The lyrics of the song "Chaap Tilak" depict the love between the god and his beloved. The devotee refers to god that has he lost himself in his love. He says to god that his devotion has made him drink the divine nectar of love and painted him in the colour of pure spirituality, which has killed his wish for material possessions of life. 

Some people also interpret the lyrics as the conversation between lord Krishna and Radha where Radha tells Krishna that his single glance has stolen her away and made her drunk and loony in his love. She says “the moment you held my fair arms and put green bangles in them I became your companion”. I would die thousands of lives for my beloved who has made me gone mad in his love. Such mighty is the magnetism of lord Krishna’s love. 

Aaa Sajan in nainan mein palak dhank tohe lun
Naa mein dekhun aur ko na tohe dekhan dun
Kaajal daalun kirkara jo surma diya na jaye
Jin nainan mein pii base dooja kaun samaye
dooja kaun samaye

Chhap tilak sab cheeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Chhap tilak sab cheeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Prem bhatee ka madhva pilaikay
Matvali kar leeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Gori gori bayyan, hari hari churiyan
Bayyan pakar dhar leeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Bal bal jaaon mein toray rang rajwa
Apni see kar leeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Khusrau Nijaam kay bal bal jayyiye
Mohay Suhaagan keeni ray mosay naina milaikay
Chhap tilak sab cheeni ray mosay naina milaikay

Note: Aamir Khusro was born to a Turkish father and a Rajput mother in the small village of Patiali in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. Not only was he known as a notable poet (who wrote primarily in Persian and Hindi) but also as a prolific writer and musician. In fact he is credited with fashioning the Tabla as a split version of the traditional Indian drum Pakhawaj.  Regarded as the “father of Qawwali, he is very popular in northern part of India and Pakistan because of his songs and great playful riddles such as:

1,Ek guni ney yeh gun keena
Hariyal pinjray mein dedeena
Dekho jadoogar ka kamaal
Daalay hara, nikaalay laal

2,Bani rangeeli sharam ki baat
Bay mausam ayi barsaat
Yehi achambha mujh ko aye
Khushi ke din kyun roti jaye

Ans, 1. Paan, 2, Bride

Kailash Kher's Avadhu, Salman Ali also sang this beautiful composition in  the Qawwali Special episode of Saregamapa Little Champs and like always his performance was fantabulous. 


  1. Wonderful post sis.. I love the saathiya song a lot also.. lovely dance in that too..

  2. Super! Love this song- my fav rendition is that by Nusrat Fateh ALi Khan..