After searching for it in many music outlets including Landmark and Music World, I finally got managed to get hold of the "A.R.Rahman - Greatest Hits" MP3 CD, jus this weekend. This is under Sony-BMG label and was released last month! The album was sold out completely in most stores!!

I bought it for jus the one song - Shauk Hai, rendered by Sowmya Raoh (The same singer who sang Kamma Karaiyile along with Naresh Iyer in Varalaaru(Godfather)). For the uninitiated, Shauk Hai is the song which comes in the Background, as Vidya Balan's (Meenu's) Theme music in Guru.
This track is truly magical! The song is about the desires of a person who is counting her days and who requires someone's help for everything, as she is suffering from multiple sclerocis. She wants to break from all this, reach out to her desires and aspirations. She knows her fate, but she doesnt want to be depressed. It is essentially meant to bring out that "longing" feel, but without the sadness. ARR captures this mood perfectly in the song, with the lyrics adding to the beauty. The piano chords running throughout the song, add to the simple but elegant beauty of the song.

This is, without doubt, one of his all time best songs!!! It is a pity, this masterpiece wasn't released with the Audio CD of Guru!!

Here's the lyrics and translation (Thanks to Durba from ARRFans Yahoo group)

Raat ka shauk hai
I aspire of the night

Raat ki saundhi si khamoshi ka
That earthen silence of the night

Shauk hai
I aspire

Subha ki roshni
That light of the morning

Bezubaan subho ki aur gungunati
Humming toward the mum morning

Roshni ka Shauk hai, ho shauk hai
I aspire of light, oh…I aspire

San sani navlon ka
Of those interesting novels

Ke ishq ke banwlon ka
Of those crazyness of the lovers (I aspire to have)

San sani naavle
Those interesting novels

Ke ishq ke banwle
Those crazy lovers

Barf se khelte badolon ka
Of those clouds playing with the ice

Shauk hai
I aspire (to touch)

Kaash ye zindagi Khel hi khel mein kho gayi hoti
I wish this life ended playfully

Raat ka shauk hai
I aspire of night

Neend ki goliyon ka
Of those sleeping pills (I aspire)

Khwab ke loriyon ka
Of those lullabies of dreams (I aspire to listen)

Neend ki goliyan
Those sleeping pills

Khwab ke loriyan
Those lullabies of dreams

Bezubaan aus ki boliyon ka
Of those (unsaid) words of mum dews (I aspire to listen)

Shauk hai
I aspire

Kaash ye zindagi binkahe binsune so gayi hoti
I wish this life had gone to sleep without saying or listening

Subha ki roshni
That light of the morning

Bezubaan subho ki aur gungunati
Humming toward the mum morning

Roshni ka Shauk hai, ho shauk hai
I aspire of light, oh…I aspire

Listen to the song, below... (The quality is not as good, the original CD version is mindblowing!!)
By Aravind on Monday, September 03, 2007 at 7:16 AM Post Categories: , ,
  1. Sandhya Ramachandran


    A poignant song

  1. Anonymous

    I've been searching for this song for a long time....

  1. Kavitha Jay

    i love this song..but i couldnt find it anywhere on net :(

  1. Vani Viswanathan

    I keep visiting your site everyday to listen to this song :) finally decided to drop a comment and say THANKS! It's lovely, out-of-the-world, and it's just what i wanted to listen to when I felt void.

  1. Subramanian Ramachandran

    dude that was sooper coool

    and if u start translating these songs..then what will poor romie do for her lyrics site :p

  1. Aravind

    @ Sandhya:
    :) :)

  1. Aravind

    @ anon:
    u found it now :P

    @ mystery:
    The CD is available in stores... or u can try

  1. Aravind

    @ Vani:
    this song doesnt stop at being a soothing melodious number, but goes on to touch hearts!!

    @ RS:
    thanx :)

    Rumz innum indha paatu translation podaliye... :D adhanaala naan pottuten :D she seems to be focussing on olden songs now :P

    BTW, from whn hav we started calling her Romie? konjam naal blogs pakkam varalai na nicknames ellam maari pochu!!!

  1. Sudharshan

    machan, i think a closer translation of shauk would be 'liking'??

  1. Aravind

    @ Sudharshan:
    Shauk is much more stronger desire... It's a higher level of 'liking'.. but i'm not sure if 'aspire' is right.... anyway, translation naan pannalai... copy-pasted from ARR Fans Y! group

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you! This is an awesome song, and I was looking for it.

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