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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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #82

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Jaane kyun log pyaar karte hain …. Raag Nattakurinji, Tal Kaherava A new raag tonight and that too from Carnatic Music. The song in this raag is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, also known as S-E-L, standing for the Composer Group of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa; Shankar Mahadevan is the vocalist, Ehsaan Noorani is the lead guitarist and Loy Mendosa is a multi-instrumentalist […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #3

The third 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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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #2

Thank you very much for the enthusiastic response to the new series. Here is how it started: I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #80‘) 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 […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions -Song #1

I have been giving you Raaga Based Songs of the Day (eg, ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #79‘) 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 chosen raaga. I have readily admitted that, pointing out […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #81

Raaga Based Song of the Day: O shama mujhe phoonk de …. Raag Bhairavi, Tal Kaherava The favourite raag of Shankar Jaikishan again for the simple reason that there are dozens of beautiful songs composed by them in it and I haven’t given you anywhere close to enough. The 1962 movie Aashiq had something in common with the 1959 movie Anari in that both were directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Both […]

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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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