Raaga Based Song Of The Day #80

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Tum apna ranj-o-gham, apni pareshani mujhe de do …. Raag Pahadi, Tal Dadra Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for Raag Pahadi, the raag of my place in the Himalayas and this is special to me because of all the three people who put it together: Sahir Ludhianvi, Khayyam and his wife Jagjit Kaur. The distance between Ludhiana (Sahir’s city) and the town of […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #79

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Sab kuchh seekha hamane na seekhi hoshiyari …. Raag Bhairavi, Tal Kaherava Ladies and gentlemen, tonight I give you, as promised earlier, pièce de résistance of a song in Raag Bhairavi, Tal Kaherava. As you can make out in the accompanying picture, this is from the team of Lyricist Shailendra, Music Duo Shankar Jaikishan and Singer Mukesh. First about Jaikishan. Raag Bhairavi was his […]

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AS ABSURD AS IT CAN GET

As soon as you start talking about absurdity, you are reminded of the German writer Franz Kafka. Even though he lived in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, many of his novels are famous and relevant even now such as Der Process that was translated into The Trial (I still have a personal copy). He didn’t complete any of his novels and burnt 90 percent of his drafts. Even […]

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MEN IN LUNGI VERSUS MEN IN UNIFORM

Lets face it, the guys (or girls or whosoever) who designed uniforms for the armed forces, did a smart job of it and rejected our heritage of combat in dhoti, langote, lungi and the like. Guru Gobind Singh was the first one to signal departure from d.l.l. and the like in his army that fought the mughals and directed the Khalsa to assimilate five Ks so as to have smart […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #78

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Tu chanda main chandani …. Raag Mand, Tal Dadra Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s song is special on several counts. Here are some of them in no particular order. The first reason is the composer Jaidev. He did it to Sunil Dutt and Waheeda Rehman in the 1963 movie Mujhe Jeene Do with the song: Raat bhi hai kuchh bheegi bheegi. Eight years later, he […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #77

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Bole re papihara, papihara …. Raag Mian Ki Malhar, Tal Kaherava Having raaga based songs of the day, without these two Vs – that is Vani Jairam and Vasant Desai – sounds a bit out of place. They featured together in the 1971 Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie Guddi that starred Jaya Bahaduri in the title role with Dharmendra as film-star Dharmendra that she was fascinated by […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #76

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Tu jahan jahan chalega mera saya saath hoga …. Raag Nand, Tal Kaherava Some of Lata Mangeshkar’s best songs are picturised on Sadhana. These include: O sajana barkha bahar aayi, Mere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam, Nainon mein badra chhaye, Lag jaa gale  ke phir, Naina barse rimjhim rimjhim and Tera mera pyaar amar phir kyun mujhako lagata hai dar. Many of these […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #75

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Chham chham nachat aayi bahar …. Raag Bahar, Tal Tintal. Punjabi Theka, Kaherava Yesterday, I gave you one of Mohammad Rafi’s best raaga based songs: Nache man mora magan dhig dha dhigi dhigi. That got me started on other Nach (Dance) songs and then I realised that I haven’t given you, so far, any song in Raag Bahar, Basant Bahar, and Basant. I have […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #74

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Nache man mora magan dhig dha dhigi dhigi …. Raag Bhairavi, Tal Tintal/Kaherava I feel that I haven’t given you enough of what is known as the Queen of Melodies: Raag Bhairavi. So far I have given you just two songs: Babul mora naihar chhooto hi jaaye, one of the finest examples of this raag (Tal Kaherava; ‘Please see: ‘Raaga Based Song Of The […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #73

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Zindagi bhar gham judaai ka mujhe tadpaayega…. Raag Malkauns, Tal Rupaktal I have told you several times that I am basically a Lyrical man. On Facebook, I run a page titled ‘Lyrical‘ as tribute to the least remembered people in the making of songs: the Lyricists. For the Birth Centenary of my favourite lyricist, Shakeel Badayuni, I did a tribute to him on my […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #72

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Mushkil hai bahut mushkil chaahat ka bhula dena…. Raag Pahadi, Tal Kaherava Am I tethered to Raag Pahadi, the raaga of my place in the hills? It appears so considering the alacrity with which I revert to this raag every now and then. This one is special not just because it is a fine example of Pahadi; but, because its lyrics are so good […]

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MAA MUSIC FEST WITHOUT MAA

माँ के बगैर अब गीत भी न मुझको भाये, पढ़ने लिखने में भी बस आंसू ही निकल आये, कहने को तो उन्हीं के नाम का संगीत Fest है, क्या करे कोई जब उनकी याद फिर सताये? वह मासूम चेहरा, वह मंद सी मुस्कान, वह बचपन मेरा, वह मीठे मीठे पकवान, उन्ही की हौंसला अफ़ज़ाई के असर से, एक दिन हो गया मैं काबिल और जवान I उनके इशारे से, सब […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #71

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Chalo sajana jahan tak ghata chale…. Raag Basant Mukhari, Tal Kaherava One more song composed in Basant Mukhari. But, once again a reminder that films songs composers are not sticklers to purity of any raaga in their compositions. It is not their aim. Their aim is to come up with tunes for songs that would be popular. As far as popular tunes are concerned, […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #70

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Bemuravvat bewafa begaana-e-dil aap hain…. Raag Shankara, Tal Dadra Third consecutive day of another new Raag. Since the time I have discovered raaga based songs, I like composition of songs by various music directors in Hindi films. However, I am primarily a Lyrical man. On Facebook, I run a page titled ‘Lyrical‘. This song has been penned by Jaan Nisar Akhtar and is indeed […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #69

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Sanjh dhale gagan tale hum kitane ekaki…. Raag Vibhas, Tal Kaherava Well, another new Raag today. Three days ago, when I put up a list of Raagas, you would have noticed one spelt Vibhas at one place and Bibhas at another. That’s the raag that Laxmikant Pyarelal used for composing two of the four songs in the 1984 Girish Karnad movie Utsav, a Shashi […]

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