I dedicate this post to my friend – Prabhu Laal Prajapati who had gifted this non-filmy music album to me when the year 2003 was nearing its end. Since a song of this album – Waqt Ne Hum Se Kaisa Liya Imtihaan was his favourite (due to the lyrics he could identify with) and since I had shared some personal hurts in my heart with him, he thought I would like this album. Later on I kept that album as a gift from him and arranged a copy of the same for him. This is a non-filmy music album containing mainly Ghazals and Nazms sung by the renowned playback singer of Bollywood movies – Kumar Sanu and I found it quite good.The title of the album is Nasha (intoxication) but unlike another music album of the same title presented by Pankaj Ud-haas, this album does not contain mainly the songs related to intoxication through liquor etc. There are two such songs only in the album whereas the other ones belong to love, separation, bereavement (due to parting of the beloved), sentiments, performance of duties and philosophy of life.
This single cassette album starts with Kisi Ki Yaad Saataye Sharaab Pee Lena. This song though referring to liquor-consumption in the initial lines, is quite different and emotionally appealing in its stanzas. The second song is a very beautiful as well as touching Nazm – Waqt Ne Hum Se Kaisa Liya Imtihaan, Tumne Roka Nahin Hum Ruke Bhi Nahin, signifying the pain of parting and the sentiments associated therewith. The next song is a philosophical Ghazal rendering the message of moving ahead in life, leaving the past behind – Zindagi Tujhko Naye Mod Pe La Hee Denge, Tu Hamen Kuchh Bhi Na De Hum To Wafa Hee Denge. And the last one is a very painful song underscoring the loneliness of the person concerned after the loss of the sweetheart – Kis Se Baat Karen.
The alternative side of the cassette also contains four songs. The very first one is again a Ghazal soaked in the pain which arises when the love of one’s life has been lost – Koi Na Geet Pyar Ke Gaaye Andheri Raaton Mein. The next one is a below par song – Sharaab Pee Pee Kar which, in my opinion, is the weakest song of this album. The third one is Nazar Milaayi Tune Dil Na Milaaya, Haay Tera Pyar Mujhe Raas Na Aaya which is a song with a tinge of complaint towards the now separated beloved. And the last one is Na Kabhi Wafa Karoonga Maine Faisla Kiya Hai, Bas Farz Ada Karoonga Maine Faisla Kiya Hai which is a beautiful Nazm through which the concerned lover declares that now onwards he will pay attention to discharging of his duties only, ignoring things like love, fidelity etc. in his life.This album is a long forgotten non-filmy album and not in line with the repute of Kumar Sanu but I feel, that it is overall good and can be listened to by the painstruck hearts at least (who can relate to it). Barring the two songs specifically mentioned above, all the other songs are quite good. Pandit K. Razdan has written meaningful lyrics for the songs and Jeetu Tapan have composed admirable melodies for them. Released by Tips in the year 2000, this album was not a commercial success as such (perhaps because it was released at the wrong point of time) and hence, it can be considered as underrated in my opinion.
Kumar Sanu has sung all the songs (solos) whether they are Ghazals or Nazms, quite beautifully keeping the feeling embedded the words intact in his voice and he has been successful in conveying the pain in the heart of the unfortunate lover to the separated sweetheart (if she can listen to these songs).
The title of the album is apt because pain and tears also contain a kind of intoxication for the gloomy lover who has lost something invaluable (for him / her). I know how intoxicant it can be to shed tears when losing oneself in someone’s memories and hence this album containing Ghazals and Nazms pertaining to the parting of the singing person’s sweetheart, is full of intoxication only. The losers in love only know how pleasantly engrossing it is to dive in the river of someone’s memories and it happens when they listen to pieces of music like those contained in this album.
The lovers of music and Urdu poetry will find Nasha as reasonably good because out of the eight songs, six are quality songs. Such songs are not heard on radio or TV channels too and hence listening to them directly from the album is the only way out. Kumar Sanu commands his own fan-following in India as well as abroad and it’s a treat for his admirers.
I sign off with my positive recommendation for this album.
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