Apropos of nothing, a few days back, I was reminded of a beautiful song sung by Surinder Kaur and went to the mecca of music lovers, the YouTube in search of it. "Ehna akhiyan ch pawan kiven kajla ve". The beautiful words of the song seared my heart. Now I wanted to read the lyrics too, to get a better feel of the song.
This time round, Google baba came to my help. It led me to this beautiful site which has lyrics of most of the classic Indian and Pakistani Punjabi songs. http://folkpunjab.com/surinder-kaur/ehna-akhiyan-ch-pavan-kiven-kajla/
The index lists writers like Baba Farid to Shiv Kumar Batalvi, a veritable bouquet of singers like Alam Lohar, Farida Khanum, Bhupinder to Surinder Shinda. If you are an afficionado of Punjabi songs, this is your go-to site.
Back to the song I loved so much. The soulful lyrics are by Shiv Kumar Batalvi, and the song is sung by Surinder Kaur. There can be no words to describe Surinder Kaur, this singer has brought to life so many folk songs of Punjab, and also created new ones. Her beautiful voice is always a pleasure to listen to.
Shiv Kumar Batalvi has given us so many lovely songs and poems full of mighty metaphors. He usually speaks of love, longing and separation, and how!
Here I have attempted to translate the song for the benefit of non-Punjabis.
Listen to the song on YouTube, or better, on the link given above.