Ibrahim Ashq : Who Penned To Blend Tradition And Trend


Ibrahim Ashq

Ibrahim Ashq

Dil Mera Har Baar Yeh Sunne Ko Beqaraar Hai
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai…
In Pyaari Baaton Mein Anjaana Iqraar Hai
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai…

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

The song is archived in the memory of a millions of audiences since the year of 2000. The soundtrack of ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’ not only did set records but also broke all the established records of almost 50 years that were glowing at the charts. The movie gifted Bollywood with a super star in the form of Hrithik Roshan and also paved a way for Ibrahim Ashq to mark his strong presence as a lyricist in Bollywood. He is a celebrated poet as well who has published numerous of his acclaimed poetic accounts.

Ibrahim Ashq is one of the eminent lyricists of Bollywood yet he is much more known for his literary works outside the film world. After delivering lyrics for the all time record breaking blockbuster ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’, he regrets for not being able to write more for films due to the current trending music which doesn’t have any space for meaningful lyrics.

Saadhu Jaisi Saadhna, Pandit Jaisa Gyaan
Raja Jaise Raas Hai, Shaayar Ki Pehchaan

Ibrahim Ashq was born as Ibrahim Khan Gauri on the 20th of July 1951 at Badnagar in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh). After completing his masters in Hindi literature from the University of Indore, he joined the Daily Indore Samachar and served there for almost 4 years. Later he worked in Shama/Sushma Hindi magazine for 6 years and 2 years in the Sarita monthly publication.

In 1971, he came to Mumbai accompanied by his mother and sister with only Rs 400 in pocket. As he stepped in Bombay Central, he knew that the journey ahead is going to be hard.

Manzil Manzil Kya Kare, Manzil Peeche Chod
Dhunde Har Manzil Tujhe Itna Aage Daud

Ibrahim Ashq With Lata Mangeshkar

Ibrahim Ashq With Lata Mangeshkar (Image Courtesy: ibrahimashk.com)

After spending a considerable amount of time in Delhi as a noted journalist, Ibrahim Ashq decided to try his hands in Mumbai. His dream was to become a poet and lyricist in Bollywood. The budding poet aspired to deliver shayari that would be of the stature and standard set by Sahir Ludhianvi and Shakeel Badayuni. He did taste success but the evolving form of music never inspired him to deliver with satisfying words.


Hasaate Ho Rulaate Ho
Hamesha Tum Sataate Ho
Jo Ruthe To Manaate Ho
Manaa Kar Dil Dukhaate Ho
Deewane Ho Humein Bhi Tum
Deewana Kyun Banaate Ho
Hasaate Ho Rulaate Ho

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

Penned by Ibrahim Ashq and rendered by Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet Sawant, the song was composed by Anand-Milind for the movie ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’. The light and heart touching words of the song perfectly portrays the emotions of one seeking an answer to resolve the puzzle while getting deeply entangled with the roots of love. Ibrahim Ashq’s words effortlessly creates an overwhelming impression here with these lyrics.

Kyun Chalti Hai Pawan
Kyun Jhoome Hai Gagan
Kyun Machalta Hai Mann
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

Composed by Rajesh Roshan ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ turned out to be one big ticket song for singer Lucky Ali in Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’. The soothing melody along with the soulful words blending with the urge of passion became immensely popular among the masses. The phrase of ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ became so very popular that in the later years another movie of Hrithik Roshan was titled by the same phrase.

Ibrahim Ashq With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan And Rajesh Roshan

Ibrahim Ashq With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan And Rajesh Roshan (Image Coutesy: ibrahimashk.com)


 Mann Chaliya, Mann Chor Hai, Mann Hi Rajkumar
Mann Sadhu, Mann Devta, Mann Ke Roop Hazaar

Ibrahim Ashq started off his journey with traditional shayari in 1962 during the Indo-Sino war. The promising journalist from Delhi penned his first ever composition out of the nationalist feelings that took over his mind. The patriotism that started off the journey is still continuing and today he can be found in almost all the genres and form of poetry.

Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan

Duniya Yeh Kaisi Duniya
Jhoote Takraar Ki Duniya
Chaahat Ko Kahaan Samjhegi
Dushman Yeh Pyaar Ki Duniya

The emotions of pain and grief are clearly depicted through the song of ‘Meri Jaan‘ from ‘Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage’. KK’s voice added to the fervent of the song and made it a slow but a stunning piece to listen to. Even the title track ‘Mohabbat Ki Haseen Shuruwaat Ho Gayi, Meri Duniya, Mere Sapne Ab Sajne Lage, Ke Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage’ became widely popular at the time of its release.

Hrithik Roshan And Preity Zinta in 'Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala' from 'Koi Mil Gaya' (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Hrithik Roshan And Preity Zinta in ‘Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala’ from ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala
Jaane Kahaan Main Kidhar Chala
Arre Phisal Gaya, Yeh Tune Kya Kiya

This whimsical piece from ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ did hit the chart busters almost immediately. Composed by Rajesh Roshan, the song is another beautiful piece by Ibrahim Ashq proving his versatility. The title track of ‘Khwabon Khayalo Khwashio Ko Chehra Mila, Mere Hone Ka Matlab Mila, Koi Mil Gaya…’ was also widely appreciated.

Koi Mil Gaya (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

He also penned lyrics for ‘Janasheen’, ‘Dhund’, ‘Black and White’, ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche’ and many more.

Ibrahim Ashq published several books with his poetic collection over the years. In 1991, he wrote ‘Ilham’ followed by ‘Aagahi’ in 1996, ‘Karbala’ in 1998 and ‘Andaaz-E-Bayaan’ in 2001.

He received the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Award in 1991, All India Benzer Award in 1992, Maharashtra Hindi Patrakaar Sangh Award for Best Lyricist in 2000, The Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Academy Award in 2004, Kabir Samman in 2003 in Madhya Pradesh, Star Dust Awards for Best Lyricist in 2004. His list of awards would go on and on with endless honours conferred on him till date.

Ibrahim Ashq being felicitated At IFFTAC (Image Courtesy: ifftac.org)

Ibrahim Ashq being felicitated at IFFTAC (Image Courtesy: ifftac.org)

Insaano Ke Beech Mein Jo Karta Hai Bhed
Sabse Bada Gawaar Hai Wo Padhkar Bhi Ved

Ibrahim Ashq has penned against the superstitious beliefs and orthodox religious nature with strong words that has divided and wounded our nation on different occasions.

Padhkar Ved Quran Bhi Rahe Adharmi Log
Nadaano Ke Vaaste Mazhab Hai Ek Rog

His love towards the nation made him hold the pen for the first time and thus patriotism gave birth to a nationalistic poet who has evolved over time and now holds the prestige of writing ghazals, dohas, nazms and rubai. Ibrahim Ashq remains to be an accomplished poet who has blended tradition with trend with changing times and evolving audiences.

Bambai Delhi Kalkatta Mera Hai
Watan Ka Har Chappa Chappa Mera Hai
Maine Apna Sab Kuch Jiske Naam Kiya
Ashq Woh Hindustan Mera Hai

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