Amrita Pritam (1919-2005) -A tribute

They say Kuknoos bird sings one raag or another the whole year. But when in spring season it sings ‘Deepak raag’ , it burns in the fire of that raag. In rainy season when it rains heavily, a new kuknoos is born from the ashes of burnt kuknoos…  A poem titled “Kuknoos” written by her in gurmukhi manuscript/punjabi language, hereby presented in roman script. This poem was published in her book “Sunehadey” (Sunehadey means messages/letters) for which she recieved Sahitya Akademi Award in 1956.

Kuknoos

Likh ja meri taqdeer nu
Mere layi
Main jee rahi haan tere bin
Tere layi

Har chandauri , har ghadi
Ban.di rahi
Har chandauri , har ghadi
Mitdi rahi

Dudhiya chaanan vi ajj
Hassde nahi
Be-bahare phal jiwen
Rasde nahin

Umar bhar da ishq
Be-awaaz hai
Har mera nagma
Meri awaaz hai

Haraf mere tadap uthde
Han iwen
Sulagde han raat bhar
taare jiwen

Umar meri be-wafa
Mukdi payi
Rooh meri bechain hai
Tere layi

Kuknoos deepak raag nu
Ajj gayega
Ishq di laat te
Bal jayega

Supneya nu cheer ke
Aa ja zara
Raat baki bahut hai
Na ja zara

Raakh hi is raag da
Anjaam hai
Kuknoos di is raakh nu
Pranaam hai

Rajj ke ambar jadon
Phir royega
Fir nawan kuknoos
Paida hoyega

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