Manch

Manch racha tha
Khoob saja tha
Khel bana tha
Kiska bhala?

Parde ke the rang sajeele
Parde ke peeche bhi rangeele
Laga rahe te apni chaal
Badal rakha manch ka mahaul

Kaun chale phir unki chaal
Kuch the paat, bechaare daal
Dheron pade vismay mein chintit
Utne hi khade bin achraj kinchit

Aise karein – lagaayein chaal,
Bichhe bisaat, uth jaaye dhaal
Kartak, vartak apni khshamta uchhalein
Samanya sajjan samta sambhaalein

मंच रचा था
खूब सजा था
खेल बना था
किसका भला?

परदे के रंग थे सजीले
परदे के पीछे भी रंगीले
लगा रहे थे अपनी चाल
बदल रखा मंच का माहौल

कौन चले फिर उनकी चाल
कुछ थे पात, बेचारे डाल
ढेरों पड़े विस्मय में चिंतित
उतने ही खड़े- बिन अचरज किंचित

ऐसे करें, लगायें चाल
बिच्छे बिसात, उठ जाए ढाल
कर्तक वर्तक अपनी क्षमता उछालें
सामान्य सज्जन समता संभालें

Translation?

Manch racha tha
Khoob saja tha
Khel bana tha
Kiska bhala?

The stage was set
Decorated well
It was a game/play
Who was it played on?

Parde ke the rang sajeele
Parde ke peeche bhi rangeele
Laga rahe te apni chaal
Badal rakha manch ka mahaul

The colours of the screen were lifelike
Behind the screen too were the colourful ()
They were setting up their moves
They had set up/spoiled/changed the atmosphere of the stage

Kaun chale phir unki chaal
Kuch the paat, bechaare daal
Dheron pade vismay mein chintit
Utne hi khade bin achraj kinchit

Who can now play their games
Some could walk on leaves, others mere branch (walkers)
Many watched, surprised and worried
Equally, many stood without a trace of surprise


Aise karein – lagaayein chaal,
Bichhe bisaat, uth jaaye dhaal
Kartak, vartak apni khshamta uchhalein
Samanya sajjan samta sambhaalein

Lets do this – set up the moves,
Throw down the chessboard, pick up the shields,
Doers, speakers, show your worth
Ordinary folk- it is enough if you hold steady.

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