Voyaging across the world, who do you look for?
What is that you seek? Who do you roam for?
He’s anchored within closer than your jugular vein*
It is you who’s complicated this let go of the reins
Abandoning the path I fly, I soar soaking in your hues my Rangrez
Abandoning the path I fly, I soar soaking in your hues I am the colourful
I soar soaking in your hues my Rangrez
You read through every book there is, yet never sought the knowledge within
Entered every temple and mosque there is, but didn’t enter the temple within
In vain you fight the devil outside while oblivious to fighting the evil within
Bulleh Shah what do you read the sky for? when you never read that who lives within
Poetic translation in English: Nadia Rahim- Irfan S Ali
Ud Chala is based around the word “Rangrez” a Persian word which means dyer – a person who works with colors and dyes. The term is widely used in Sufi songs.
In this context, it is the Rangrez (Guide, Murshid) who would color (by imparting True Knowledge) your cloth (mind) for that union with God.
Around the same idea, Farhan Shah has written this line “Ud Chala Ray Ud Chala Tere Rang Main Rangrezi” which has been poetically translated by Nadia Rahim- Irfan S Ali, as “I soar soaking in your hues my Rangrez, in your hues I am the colorful.”
The song also features poetry by Baba Bulleh Shah, the 17th-century Punjabi philosopher and Sufi poet, who prods us to go on that difficult inner journey of self-discovery.
Song: UD Chala
Singer: Natasha Baig
Lyrics: Farhan Shah – Kalaam Baba Bulleh Shah
Music Composed & Produced by: Farhan Shah – Shahid Rehman @Udankhatola
Audio Mix-Master: Shahid Rehman @Udankhatola Studios Karachi
Poetic Translation: Nadia Rahim – Irfan S Ali
Video Director: Ali Raza Padaniya @Unikrew Production
Camera: Umair Bhojani @Unikrew Production
Post: Shahroz Shahnawaz Sharif @Unikrew Production
Vix & Grade: Ahsan Suleman @Unikrew Production
Concept / Storyboard : Saqib Khan
Artist Coordination and Manager: Hassan Ali Effendi
Executive Producer: Irfan S. Ali
Presented By: Farhan Shah and JollyGul.com
“Maqam Station” is a separate and independently run music initiative by JollyGul.com, spearheaded by award-winning director / composer – singer Farhan Shah and Executive Producer Irfan S. Ali.