Kabira (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) – Lyrics Translation


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Kabira is easily one of the finest songs of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The song written by Amitabh Bhattacharya akin to “Iktaara” from Wake Up Sid, is truly beautiful in the way it conveys images, disdain and detachment. Phrases like ‘tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan’, references to the protagnist as ‘nirmohee’ and memories with ‘chaarpaai’ & ‘purvaai’ is just perfect. A beautiful song which in its simplicity touches the soul.

Movie: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music: Pritam
Singers: Rekha Bharadwaj, Tochi Raina


Kaisee teri khudgarzee,
Na dhoop chune na chhaanv,
Kaisee teri khudgarzee,
Kisi thaur tike na paav.

What is this selfishness of yours,
That chooses neither the Sun nor the shade,
What is this selfishness of yours,
That your feet never stop moving.

Ban liya apnaa paighambar,
Tar liya tu saat samandar,
Phir bhi sookhaa mann ke andar,
Kyoon reh gaya…

You became your own god,
Traveled over the seven seas,
Still, the thirst in your soul,
Why does it remain…

Re Kabira maan jaa,
Re Fakeera maan jaa,
Aa jaa tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan…
Re Kabira maan jaa.
Re Fakeera maan jaa,
Kaisa tu hai nirmohi kaisaa harjaiyaa…

O Kabira, listen to me,
O Saint, believe me,
Come, your shadows are calling you…
O Kabira, listen to me,
O Saint, believe me..
How can you be so unattached & heartless…

Tooti chaarpaai wo hi,
Thandi purvaai rastaa dekhe,
Doodhon ki malaayi wohi,
Mitti ki suraahee rastaa dekhe…

That broken cot,
That cool breeze, waits for you,
That cream of milk,
and the earthen pot of cold water waits for you..

Kaisi teri khudgarzi,
Lab namak rame naa misree,
Kaisi teri khudgarzi,
Tujhe preet purani bisri…
Mast Maula, Mast kalandar,
Tu hawa kaa ek bavandar,
Bujh ke yoon andar hi andar
Kyun reh gaya..

What is this selfishness of yours,
Neither salt nor sweetness suit on your tongue..
What is this selfishness of yours,
That you have forgotten old love…
A free man, a free spirit,
A stormy of wind,
That drowns within you,
Why does it remain…

Re Kabira maan jaa,
Re Fakeera maan jaa,
Aa jaa tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan…
Re Kabira maan jaa.
Re Fakeera maan jaa,
Kaisa tu hai nirmohi kaisaa harjaiyaa…

O Kabira, listen to me,
O Saint, believe me,
Come, your shadows are calling you…
O Kabira, listen to me,
O Saint, believe me..
How can you be so unattached & heartless…


  • Ashwin Nanjappa

    Thanks for sharing. The lyrics are so beautiful and philosophical. The song really comes alive once I know what it is about :-)

  • Shah Fazil

    Paighambar Doesn’t Mean God!
    Paighambar = A person who guides you to the right path.