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This lovely melody is from the 1987 hit Hindi film Ijaazat ( = Permission) and Sung by Asha Bhosle. Music composed by R. D. Burman and Lyrics penned by Gulzar.

This movie is a masterpiece that deserves its own post. However, this song is another thing. Beautiful sung by Asha, the composer used the echo in the song to emphasize the depth of life being described.  Every single line in the song opens your mind to myriad of thoughts. Yet, whenever I hear this song it leaves me with goosebumps, raises the hair at the back of my neck. I am yet to find out if that feeling is because I like to live life in moments or is it because it makes me feel that life is nothing but these bits and pieces only. Whatever the reason, Gulzar was definitely at his best again.


Just look at what the opening lines itself mean.

Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do Na), Rehne Do

Tranliteration:
Drop by Drop it is given, Drop by Drop live it
It is Life (It is Life); Let it flow (Let it flow)
Thirsty am I, Be it so, Just be it so

Translation:
Life is given to you in the form of little drops of moments, live it thru them fully
Even if you are left thristy after, doesn’t matter, just keep living them.

Someone has explained it better than me here: http://www.gulzar101.com/2011/11/katra-katra-milti-hai-ijaazat.html



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do Na)
Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do Na)

Kal Bhi Toh Kuch Aisa Hi Hua Tha, Neend Mein Thi Jab Tumne Chhua Tha
Girte Girte Baahon Mein Bachi Main, Ho Sapne Pe Paanv Pad Gaya Tha
Sapnon Mein Behne Do, Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do)

Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do)

Tumne To Aakash Bichhaya, Mere Nange Pairon Mein Zameen Hai
Kal Ki Bhi Tumhari Aarzoo Ho, Ho Shayad Aisi Zindagi Haseen Hai
Aarzoo Mein Behne Do, Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do Na)

Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do)

Halke Halke Kohre Ke Dhooen Mein, Shayad Aasman Tak Aa Gayi Hoon
Teri Do Nigahon Ke Sahare. Ho Dekho Toh Kahan Tak Aa Gayi Hoon
Kohre Mein Behne Do, Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do)

Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do
Zindagi Hai (Zindagi Hai); Behne Do (Behne Do)
Pyaasi Hoon Main Pyaasi Rehne Do (Rehne Do)

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