ODE TO LYN, A WIFE, MOTHER, BAHU AND DAUGHTER

It is sometimes expedient to take women and what they do, for granted. However, it is high time that I acknowledge the enormous contribution made by Lyn (short for Marilyn), my wife, in my life and especially during the last few days of my mother. She is silent but sincere and dedicated (In a chorus, in the church, for example, she shyly stands in the rear row). On the day […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #66

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Kaise din beete kaise beeti ratiyan…. Raag Manj Khammaj, Tal Kaherava This song is from the 1960 Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie Anuradha. The movie had songs composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar on the lyrics of Shailendra. So important was this raag to Pandit Ravi Shankar that he composed two of the five songs of the movie in this raag. All were sung by Lata Mangeshkar. […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #65

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Aa laut ke aaja mere meet…. Raag Madhmat Sarang, Tal Kaherava Just like Raag Kalyan, Raag Sarang has many variations. The first time I gave you a song in Raag Sarang was on the 9th day when I gave you a Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad Ali creation for the the 1966 movie Dil Diya Dard Liya: Sawan aaye ya na aaye (Please see: ‘Raaga […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #64

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Dil ki kashti bhanwar mein aayi hai…. Raag Gorakh Kalyan, Tal Kaherava For the last two days I have been trying to cover up for not having given you adequate songs in Raag Kalyan and its variations. With yesterday’s song in Raag Kalyan, Tal Dadra, I have given you now three songs in Raag Kalyan: I had given you a song in Raag Kalyan […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #63

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Bhooli hui yaadon mujhe itna na sataao…. Raag Kalyan, Tal Dadra Yesterday, I brought out that I hadn’t even given you a proper (melodic) song in this favourite raag of beginners in Indian Classical Music as well as favourite with Hindi films music directors. I had brought out that I had given you a song in Raag Kalyan earlier on the 14th day (Lagta […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #62

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Youn neend se vo jaan-e-chaman jaag uthi hai…. Raag Shyam Kalyan, Tal Dadra None of you noticed it, but I haven’t given you a proper (melodic) song, so far in Raag Kalyan or any of its variations. I had given you a song in Raag Kalyan earlier on the 14th day (Lagta nahin ahai dil mera ujade dayaar mein) (Please see: ‘Raaga Based Song […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #61

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Taqdeer ka fasaana jaakar kise sunayen…. Raag Desh, Tal Dadra I had given you a song in Raag Desh earlier on the 15th day (Beqasi hadd se jab guzr jaaye) (Please see: ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #15‘). However, even at that time I had clarified that it was anything but pure Desh and indeed was a cross between Desh and Khammaj. Today’s […]

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ZARRE ZARRE MEIN MAA HAI

कौन कहता है मेरी माँ अब मुझसे दूर है, हवाओं की खुशबु उनकी महक से मगरूर है I दिन के उजाले उनकी मौजूदगी की पहचान हैं, माहताब की किरण उनकी ही आँख का नूर है I कंडाघाट नज़ारों में जब नज़र दौड़ाता हूँ, यकीन आता है मेरी माँ इनमें ज़रूर है I मेरी क़राबत में जो भीगी शादाबी है फ़िज़ायों में, मेरी माँ की तबस्सुम का ही तो सरूर है […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #60

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Chalo chalen mitwa in oonchi neechi raahon mein…. Raag Gawati, Tal Kaherava Finally, our fifty-first raaga today: Raag Gawati, Gavati or Gavti. As you listen to the freshness of the song, you would be straightway reminded of Raag Pahadi’s songs, particularly: Tere mere honthon pe meethe meethe heet mitwa. But, we shall come to that later. We have completed fifty-nine days of Raaga Based […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #59

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Ai dil mujhe aisi jagah le chal jahan koi na ho…. Raag Adana, Tal Kaherava We have completed fifty-eight days of Raaga Based Songs of the Day. Our 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 […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #58

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Naina neer bahaye…. Raag Bhatiyar, Tal Kaherava I am giving you a new raag today that I haven’t so far given you. That makes it 50 raagas in 58 days. We have completed fifty-seven days of Raaga Based Songs of the Day. Our first post in the series was titled ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #1’ and the song was a Mohammad Rafi […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #57 – Final Tribute To My Late Mother

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Tumhi ho mata pita tumhi ho…. Raag Bhairavi, Tal Kaherava I am in awe of Raag Bhairavi and its variations. On the eleventh day’s value added learning, I had told you about why Bhairavi is the first raag to be taught to beginners and why it is generally the last in a performance (Please read: ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #11‘). On that […]

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MAA SE AGLI MULAQAAT TAQ

खो दिया अचानक मैंने अपनी माँ को, अब उसके बगैर जायूँ मैं कहाँ को I सारी ज़िन्दगी तो उसने पकड़ रखी थी, अब यकायक क्यों छोड़ दिया मेरी बाँह को I काश वह मेरे संग बैठी जब मुस्कराती थी, थाम लेता मैं उस दिलकश समां को I यहाँ से तो वहां बहुत जाते देखे हैं हमने, नहीं आते देखा वहां से यहाँ को I बादल बनके एक दिन वह मुझ […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #55 – A Tribute To My Late Mother

Raaga Based Song of the Day: O door ke musaafir hamko bhi saath le le re, ham reh gaye akele…. Raag Pahadi, Tal Kaherava I gave you the last raaga based song of the day on 31st Jul 17, which happened to be on the death anniversary of the greatest Indian playback singer: Mohammad Rafi (Please read: ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #54’). I wasn’t able to put up […]

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