Hum Panchhi Unmukt Gagan Ke

हम पंछी उन्मुक्त गगन के
- ShivMangal Singh Suman (शिवमंगल सिंह सुमन)

हम पंछी उन्मुक्त गगन के
पिंजरबद्ध न गा पाऍंगे
कनक-तीलियों से टकराकर
पुलकित पंख टूट जाऍंगे ।

हम बहता जल पीनेवाले
मर जाऍंगे भूखे-प्यासे
कहीं भली है कटुक निबोरी
कनक-कटोरी की मैदा से ।

स्वर्ण-श्रृंखला के बंधन में
अपनी गति, उड़ान सब भूले
बस सपनों में देख रहे हैं
तरू की फुनगी पर के झूले ।

ऐसे थे अरमान कि उड़ते
नील गगन की सीमा पाने
लाल किरण-सी चोंच खोल
चुगते तारक-अनार के दाने ।

होती सीमाहीन क्षितिज से
इन पंखों की होड़ा-होड़ी
या तो क्षितिज मिलन बन जाता
या तनती सॉंसों की डोरी ।

नीड़ न दो, चाहे टहनी का
आश्रय छिन्न-भिन्न कर डालो
लेकिन पंख दिए हैं तो
आकुल उड़ान में विघ्न न डालो ।


This is a wonderful poem and if we reach the deepness of the text we would understand how wonderful it is.

I am not able to understand the meaning of ; chugte tarak anar ke daane ;

Tarak means 'stars'. Here the poet is saying in alankaarith style that if we were free, we would have flown to eat stars as if they were 'anar ke daane'. In another words, if we are free, we can do whatever our imagination can think. There is no bound on our 'udaan'.

with these words poet is comparing the 'anar ke dane' with twinkling stars. bird want to have stars in the same way as they eat red and delicious pomegranate seeds (anar ke dane).

bhai chugte tarak anar ke dane means}tare ke jaise sundar-2 anar ke daane.......

taare roopi anaar..........
stars are referred to as tarak

I have this poem in my book Vasant..

tarak is a fruit and d bird implies dat rather than being fed in cage it would be happy to have anything with its own efforts.

chugte tarak anar ke daane means.. Chugte = something would have taken in mouth.

Tarak = Start, Anar, = Fruit, Daane = Anar's Dane.

Means I would have open my mouth and would have taken start under my mouth who looks like Annar's dane, If I would have freedom to fly in the sky. Either I would have taken the start in my mouth or I would have die.

Very good post, thanks a lot.

i've loved this poem since school days....thanks for sharing..

i m highly thankful for providing this poem which i m searching since my childhood which i just heard from my elder sister

I really luv dis poem. Im a student and last year i studied it. It has not been able to come out of my head since then. It is<strong> GREAT</strong>!!! Specially the whole comparing this poem to the people who wanted freedom in India. Each line has a gr8 meaning and conveys so much!!! I wanna thank d person who put up d poem on d net, THANK U....

ye poem hindi vasant bhag-2 mein sankalit hai.
mein 7 mein hun and maine ye isi saal padi hai.........................

mind biowing poem.since i am studying i love so much this poem

Hum panchhi unmukt gagan ke... Dis is such a meaningful poem with beautiful words.. Studied it in 7th std, 16 yrs ago, but it stuck somewhere in heart n mind... Sh. Shiv Mangal Suman is a fantastic poet..

we had this poem in our sixth standard (hindi utsav) and till now we all and my all classmates remember this poem.
we enjoy speaking it.

ye kavita mujhe bachpan se hi bahut pasand he or aaj tak mujhe yad bhi he . mujhe is kavita me ladkiyo k sath ho rahe he

This 4 th std poem has always struck a chord with in me. Even after so many years I know it byheart and realise the real meaning with which the poet has written it

this is one of my fav. poems....

This is one of my fav poems which I remember from my school days.. Thanks for posting it! :)


Beautiful poem!! I loved it since my childhood...had it by heart. Thanks to our hindi sir, this peom made a great impression on my mind....lovely.

Very beautiful poem. what is meant by 'Katuk Nibori and kanak katori ki maida se' and 'Nid and aakul".

Katuk Nibori means the bitter fruit of the Tree Neem and kanak katori ki maida arthaat sone ki katori me milne wala vo khana jo pinjre ke andar hai......

What is meant by Katuk nibori and kanak katori

This is one of my Fav. poem.I remember it from my school days n i was searchig it since then.Thanx a lot for the post.

Its ma fav poem , i read it in 4th standard sumwht 15 yrs ago and love it soooo much........i learnt this poem evn whn ma elder bro had it in his book.....
kutuk nibori means neem ki kadvi nibori n kanak katori means golden bowl....the birds say that its far better to to b free n hav those bitter niboli than to hav grains in a golden bowl inside the cage....
nice to catch other ppl who love this poem

Ya Thanks for explanation..........I is too much nice ...:)

I didn't understand the poem and its meaning. Please say the meaning of the poem!!!

budhu or fool u r both of them

i hate comments of u all

very good poem :P
it is in my school book of hindi
ha ha ha

kitna baakwas poem hai :P

sorry but this is one of the best poems i ever read

it is great poem
it is easy toooooooooooo

i read this during my school days....i dnt remember which class....but it was awesome...reading it again takes back me to the old school memories.......very nice effort...thanks 4 sharing

I remember a couple of lines of this poem... oh what a pain it was to memorize this darned poem back in school. If your native toungue isn't Hindi and there's nobody at home to help you understand then god help you.

I don't understand why in many comments they say this a good poem. I like this poem but I have read many poems in NCERT BOOKS and I like them equally. My hindi ma'am is very good and teaches very well, so I can understand the whole poem.

The quality of this poem is the beauty of words the poet has chosen to compare the desperation of freedom fighters to breathe is free India. Just imagine yourself to be a poet and try to find words / objects / animals and use them to convey a different message altogether.
And that to with limited quantity of words.

Bahut Acha Hai
I love it
Wonderful meaning

Its adippoli

I so remember doing "prasang sahit vyakhya" of this and many other poems. Personally I loved this poem from my school days. It brings back the memories of sweet school days when we used to mug up and mock the poet for putting it up so difficult way. But with time our maturity level rises and we understand the true meaning of each word.
I like the way poet has articulated the desperation of a caged bird who just want to fly high and higher. The analogy can be used in reference with any bondage. We are born free thus it is a natural tendency to of every living entity to enjoy this freedom.
I am just in love with every word of this poem. Very meaningful without any exaggeration. Thank you for posting this.

from my 7 standard i loved this poem a lot because it's about the freedom of a birds which can't shoe their feelings to us about their problems but this is a supereb poem which we should read

I remember using a few Stanza of this peom while writing Nibandh (Essay) on our Independence/ Sawadheenata Diwas. Thanks for putting up this poem on net.


i like your article

meaning of taru ki faguni par k jhulai

My neighbour has caged birds. Ab mein bas use ye kavita sunaunga

I read this poem about 13 years back and to my surprise this is the only poem that I still remember and love.

I love this poem from my school time.........

This poem I read when I was in class 4 or 5 its almost 17 years back...and this is the only poem I still remember each n everyword..its pasted in my heart....may be because of simplicity of words..or rhyming of words....