Ghazals possess a language of their own. Beginning with the language in which most ghazals are written, that is Urdu, to the unique mode of expression the form has evolved over the years, the ghazal is a genre that evokes feelings that we cannot even begin to fathom. The ghazal has remained the one true way of confessing your love for someone, for decades, or centuries even. Renowned writers and poets like Mirza Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Amir Khusrau, and Faiz Ahmad Faiz have graced the world of ghazals with the flourish of their pens time and again. In this article, we bring you some of the most poetic Hindi ghazal songs that you will keep listening to on a loop!
1. Gulon Mein Rang Bhare
This masterpiece by Faiz Ahmed Faiz warrants a closer listen if you want to actually grasp the meaning of the lyrics. Like every other piece of Urdu literature, viewing it in its socio-political context gives the song unimaginable depth.
2. Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo
One of the most popular ghazals famously sung by Farida Khanum, Aaj Jaane Ki Zid was written by Fayyaz Hashmi. To this day it remains one of the classic pieces talking of love and longing.
3. Baat Niklegi
A not-so-popular but extremely soothing number sung by none other than Jagjit Singh, where the simple yet profound lyrics convey the myriad shades of separation ever so beautifully.
4. Ye Na Thi Hamari Qismat
A classic written by Mirza Ghalib, of which Suraiya’s rendition hits the hardest, personally. The laments of a lover mingled with a range of emotions is what this piece is all about.
5. Chupke Chupke Raat Din
Written by Hasrat Mohani and sung famously by Ghulam Ali, this one cuts deep as a reminiscent piece.
6. Ranjish Hi Sahi
Pleadings mingle with complaints to form a beautiful plea to the beloved, by a broken heart.
7. Wo Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein
This ghazal was sung by a number of amazing artists, including Begum Akhtar as a rendition so heartfelt that it is sure to bring all your emotions to the fore.
8. Hothon Pe Kabhi Unke
Penned by Ada Jafarey, the persuasively repentant tone of the ghazal can move anyone to tears.
9. Mujh Se Pehli Si Mohabbat
Another masterpiece by Faiz Sahab, which talks poignantly about revolution – something that is far from poignant.
10. Suna Hai Log Use
This oft-recited ghazal is the classic lover’s anthem for the beloved.
11. Ab Ke Hum Bichhde
Mehdi Hassan and Ahmad Faraz create magic with this one, decades apart.
12. Dil-e-nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai
One by Mirza Ghalib that cuts straight to the heart. This is one of the best poetic Hindi Ghazal songs ever.
13. Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi
Sung famously by Jagjit Singh, Ghalib weaves magic with this one as well.
14. Har Ek Baat Pe
“Ragon mein daurte phirne ke hum nahin kaayil
Jab aankh hi se na tapka to phir lahu kya hai”
15. Dil Hi To Hai
Ending the list with Ghalib, a piece that speaks to all broken and betrayed hearts.
We hope you have a great time listening to these famous poetic Hindi ghazal songs!