Holi : Five Shades

Holi is one of India’s most vibrant and fun-filled festivals and it has a unique style and form in each part of the country that is reflected in the music that is associated with the festival. The musical forms associated with Holi vary from region to region as one travels from the north-west to extreme east of the country, down to the southern region. Primarily though, the compositions are based on the mythological references and tales from folklore.

Abida Parveen – Holi Khelan Aaya Piya :  (Download)

Shobha Gurtu – Aaj Biraj Mein Holi Hai Rasiya :  (Download)

Channulal Mishra – Rang Darungi :  (Download)

HoRi is the most popular type of Dhrupad sung on the festival of Holi. The compositions here describe the spring season. These compositions are mainly based on the love pranks of Krishna and Radha. Interestingly it has both classical as well as semi-classical connections. Horis sung as a concluding portion of a Dhrupad recital are classical in nature as well as treatment. Those Horis, which are sung in semi-classical form, are in ragas like Khamaj, Kafi etc. Significantly, these horis are also set to a tala of 14 beats called Deepchandi.

Girija Devi – Udat Abir Gulal :  (Download)

Girija Devi – Ankhan Bharat Gulal :  (Download)

Comments are welcome.

P.S : I did not find the Abida Parveen song anywhere else on the web, so I presume it is a rare one.

Enjoy !!




  1. Amit said,

    February 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    This is great stuff !! May I know your name? U r doing a great service for classsical music lovers !! Great work … Please keep it up ….

  2. Chintan said,

    February 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Indianraga,

    You are doing such great service to all of us, your ability to pull gems together and present them in such innovative themes is great.

    I’m a big fan of Ustad Rashid Khan and also hear a new artist Jayatheerth Meyundi recently and quite liked his singing.

    A good site for some rare recordings is Patrick Moutal’s page, http://homepage.mac.com/patrickmoutal/macmoutal/rag.html

    Not an easy site to navigate but has quite a few rare recordings, an interview of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb is a treat.


  3. indianraga said,

    February 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the link, but the whole Patrick Moutal collection is a part of my collection too.

  4. commander t k misra (retd) indian navy said,

    May 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

    thank you very much it is very kind of you to have compiled these very nice collections

  5. Sophie said,

    December 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Dear Hindustani Music lovers,

    Patrick Moutal’s website URL has changed a few days ago : it is now available at http://moutal.eu

    The website is much easier to navigate now and contains even more videos and mp3 than the old site.

    Enjoy !

  6. manju mehta said,

    March 16, 2011 at 1:49 am

    delightful,beautifully rendered holi songs by masters of classical music. thankyou for the collection

  7. Deepesh Pandey said,

    March 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    thanks a million ton 4 dis treasure

  8. kcuniyal said,

    March 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

    fantastic, today is holi and these brij songs have uplifted me.
    thanks a lot

  9. apurva said,

    March 20, 2011 at 9:11 am



  10. Manisha said,

    March 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for putting up the musical pieces for holi. I aired it on my Radio show.
    WKCR 89.9 FM NY


  11. Mandira said,

    August 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Can you please upload “Tum Bin Neend Na Aaye” – a jugalbandi of Girija Devi & Ustd. Sultan Khan from albun “Udat Abir Gulal”. I am searching this for a couple of months on set and in various music shops, but no luck.

  12. indianraga said,

    August 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I’ve got this song but cannot post it on the blog as I am seriously ill. Please send this request by email and I will revert back to you with the song as attachment.

  13. kishor said,

    February 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Bhagwan bhala kare appka.

  14. ram0ram said,

    March 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

  15. dinesh khulbe said,

    May 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    net par semi classical holi pakar man gadgad ho gaya bhagwan apka bhala kare

  16. dilbagh rai said,

    May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    a rare collection,tremendous value beyond doubt,your selfless endeavour is commandable,keep it up……….

    dilbagh rai bhatia,
    astro spiritual guide,puri,odisha,india.
    m 07205886150

  17. oddłUżEnie said,

    September 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Superb blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations? Thank you!

  18. March 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Bahut bahut dhanyavad . Bharat ki sanskriti ko sanjo kar rakhne ka.Apka songs collection adbhut hai.

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