HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE PART V – KANDAGHAT’S SURROUNDINGS

The last time I wrote about Kandaghat, my home place, was on 31 Mar 2012 (Please read: ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is – Kandaghat In Shimla Hills‘). As far as I am concerned, it is the most beautiful place on earth. In the month of June, my wife and I visited Rampur, Jhakri and Sarahan (all in Rampur Bushair district); Sangla Valley, Banjara Camps, Chitkul, Karcham, Powari, Reckong Peo, […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #14

The fourteenth day of songs in this series. And since we are finishing two weeks of the new – or not so new now – series, lets take stock of the songs that we have covered so far: We kicked off the series with Talat Mahmood’s: Raat ne kyaa kyaa khwaab dikhaaye. On the 2nd day we took up Manna Dey’s: Aye mere pyaare watan. On the 3rd day we […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #13

The thirteenth day of songs in this series. Today, let me begin by thanking those of you who have commented either here on the blog or elsewhere about how much you have liked this new series. Today, we take up a song by our fifth female singer after Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Suman Kalyanpur, and Shamshad Begum: Geeta Dutt whose birth anniversary was day before yesterday. Surprisingly, as seen by […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #12

The twelfth day of songs in this series. Today, we take up a song by our fourth female singer after Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Suman Kalyanpur: Shamshad Begum. She was one of the first playback singers in the Hindi films industry. How early? Well, Madan Mohan and Kishore Kumar used to sing as chorus boys in her songs. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #11

The eleventh day of songs in this series. Today, we take up a song by our third female singer after Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle: Suman Kalyanpur. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #84‘) for the last nearly three months now. Many of you, who know your music well, have at times pointed out that a particular song, […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #10

The tenth day of songs in this series. Sorry for the break that I took as I wasn’t feeling up to it. I had been giving you songs by only male singers so far and even though some of the best, such as KL Saigal’s and Pankaj Mullick’s, were yet to come, I had decided to interject songs of female singers too. The first one was Lata Mangeshkar with a […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #84

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Jhoomati chali hawa, yaad aa gaya koi…. Raag Sohani, Tal Dadra Ladies and gentlemen, please forgive me for being off the series for about ten days. I wasn’t feeling like it and there is no other excuse. Anyway, here I am now; back with you with the next one in the series. This is the second time I am giving you a song based […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #9

The ninth day of songs in this series. Sorry for the break that I took as I wasn’t feeling up to it. I had been giving you songs by only male singers so far and even though some of the best, such as KL Saigal’s and Pankaj Mullick’s, were yet to come, I had decided to interject songs of female singers too. The first one was Lata Mangeshkar with a […]

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हमारी दिवाली में भी खुशियां थीं

ऐ दिवाली तू क्यों मुंह मोड़ आयी, हमारी माँ को कहाँ तू छोड़ आयी? उन संग हंसी के फवारे बुलंद थे, तू तो दामन को ही अब निचोड़ आयी I हमने रंग रंग के पटाखे इकठ्ठे फोड़े थे, तू तो किस्मत ही हमारी फोड़ आयी I कहाँ तो खुशियों के कारवां यहाँ निकलते थे, अब तो ग़मों से रिश्ता तू जोड़ आयी I उनका हाथ क्या थामा भरी महफ़िल में, […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #8

The eighth day of songs in this series. I have been giving you songs by only male singers so far and even though some of the best, such as KL Saigal’s and Pankaj Mullick’s, are yet to come, I have decided to interject songs of female singers too. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #78‘) for the last […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #7

The seventh consecutive day of songs in this series. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #83‘) for the last nearly three months now. Many of you, who know your music well, have at times pointed out that a particular song, though ostensibly close to one raaga has traces of other raagas or has deviated substantially from the chosen […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #6

The sixth consecutive day of songs in this series. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #82‘) for the last nearly three months now. Many of you, who know your music well, have many a times pointed out that a particular song, though ostensibly close to one raaga has traces of other raagas or has deviated substantially from the […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #83

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Tukade hain mere dil ke ai yaar tere aansu…. Raag Pahadi, Tal Kaherava This is the eighth time I am taking up a song based on Raag Pahadi here, the raaga of my place in the Himalayas. I believe that in everyone’s musical life a little Pahadi must fall like a gentle rain. I took up, for the first time, a song in this […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #5

The fifth consecutive day of songs in this series. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #82‘) for the last nearly three months now. Many of you, who know your music well, have many a times pointed out that a particular song, though ostensibly close to one raaga has traces of other raagas or has deviated substantially from the […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #4

The fourth consecutive day of songs in this series. I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #81‘) for the last nearly three months now. Many of you, who know your music well, have many a times pointed out that a particular song, though ostensibly close to one raaga has traces of other raagas or has deviated substantially from the […]

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