Raaga Based Song of the Day #4

Raaga Based Song of the day: Laage na mora jiya, Sajna nahin aaye.
Raag Shivaranjani, Tal Dadra.

Fourth day of a new series on this blog. The first post in the series was titled ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #1’ and the song was a Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar song from the 1970 Shakti Samanta movie Pagla Kahin Ka: Tum mujhe youn bhula na paoge. It is in Raag Jhinjhoti, Tal Kaherava.

The second post was titled ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #2’ and the song was a Mohammad Rafi song from the 1971 Sushil Majumdar movie Laal Patthar: Unake khayal aaye to aate chale gaye. It is in Raag Gara, Tal Kaherava.

Similarly, the third post was titled ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #3’ and the song was, once again, a Mohammad Rafi song from the 1956 GP Sippy movie Chandrakanta: Maine chand aur sitaaron ki tamanna ki thi. It is in Raag Bhimpalasi, Tal Dadra.

This blog has a number of posts on Raaga based songs in Hindi movies titled similarly; for example: ‘The Best Raaga Based Songs in Hindi Movies – Raag Bhimpalasi – Part -I’.

Wherever I am, I am not too far from my favourite lyricist Shakeel Badayuni. His association with Music Director Ravi got him the first two of his hat-trick of Filmfare Awards.

The 1960 Ramanand Sagar movie Ghunghat was released the same year his first Filmfare Award movie was released (indeed before Chaudhvin Ka Chand). The movie started Bharat Bhushan, Bina Rai, Asha Parekh and Pradeep Kumar. The movie had another great Lata number: Meri chham chham baaje payaliya besides a number by Mohammad Rafi that has outstanding lyrics and rendition: Haay re insaan ki majburiyan.

Raag Shivaranjani is another Raag that belongs to Kafi Thaat. The mood of the raag is Karuna Rasa (pathos) that suited both Shakeel and Ravi very well. However, the MDs who had this as their favourite (both of them as opposed to Bhairavi that was favourite of Jaikishan only) were Shankar Jaikishan. Some of their popular numbers in this Raag are: Awaaz deke hamen tum bulao, Baharon phool barsao, Dil kr jharokhe mein tujhako bithakar, Jaane kahan gaye woh din, and O mere sanam.

Some of the popular numbers of other composers are: Banake kyun bigada re, Dhak dhak karne laga, Kahin deep jale kahin dil, Mere naina sawan bhaadon, Mujhe kuchh kehna hai, Rimjhim ke geet sawan gaaye, Sawan aaye sawan jaaye, Tere mere beech mein, and Yaad teri aayegi.

As far as Tal Dadra is concerned I have given you enough already.

What about learning for today? Yesterday we learnt the various characteristics of Raagas though some of you may have missed them since these were on this blog only and not on WhatsApp.

Today, we simply learn the full forms of Swar used in the Sargam  (solfege). By the way the word Sargam is taken from first four Swars: Sa, Re, Ga, Ma. There should be no shyness in admitting that most of us use only abbreviated Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni and don’t know that these stand for Sadja, Rshabha, Gandhara, Madhyama, Panchama,  Dhaivata, and Nishada.

Please enjoy Lata sing in Raag Shivaranjani Tal Dadra: Lage na mora jiya sajna nahin aaye..
(If this reminds you of another one of Shakeel-Ravi-Lata number (in pathos) Lo aa gayi unaki yaad woh nahin aaye that is in Raag Asavari, Tal Kaherava.)

laage na moraa jiyaa, sajanaa nahii.n aaye, haay
laage na moraa jiyaa …

dekh liye piyA tere irAde, jhUTh nikale jA tere vAde
ta.Dapat-ta.Dapat yAd me.n terI, nain nIr bhar Ae, hAy
laage na moraa jiyaa …

tUne merI sudh bisarAI, bedardI tohe lAj na AI
bhUl gae kyA o harajAI, jAke des parAe, hAy
laage na moraa jiyaa …

We have intended to learn about Raaga based music whilst we entertain ourselves with Raaga based songs. Today, lets take stock of our collective learning:

  1. On the first day we learnt about the Raaga system devised by Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, which is the prevalent system in Hindustani Classical Music and based on ten Thaats.
  2. On the second day we learnt about Tal or Taal.
  3. On the third day we learnt about characteristics of Raagas that included Swar, Jati, Thaat, Arohana and Avarohana, Vadi, Samvadi and Pakad.
  4. On the fourth day, that is, today we learnt about Sargam.

There is much more still to be learnt and enjoyed.

Please stay tuned!

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