Songs of the Divas 2

With the passing away of Siddheshwari Devi in 1977, the last of the four great divas of the last century was gone. First went Begum Akhtar in 1974, and then her older contemporaries, Rasoolan Bai and Badi Moti Bai. All four of them were inheritors of great traditions of music from a glorious era of the past when music dominated the lives of musicians from childhood to death. They were musical ‘stars’ who shone brilliantly in the courtly era, but when the ‘darbari‘ era ended they did not hesitate to step out into the glare of public acclaim.

Badi Moti Bai – Khamaj Thumri :  (Download)

Rasoolan Bai – Ja Main Tose Nahin Bolun :  (Download)

Thumris were once sung with abhinaya. When classical purists began to frown down upon this type of music, all the four singers took to the Bol-Banav-Ki Thumri in which the emotional contents of songs are effectively brought out through vocal expression only, through the beauty of notes, voice modulations and swara combinations, resulting in an emotion-charged style of singing.

Begum Akhtar – Hum Gawanwa Nahin Jaab :  (Download)

Siddheshwari Devi – Bhig Jaun Main Piya :  (Download)

.. more Songs of the Divas »

QUIZ : To add more spice and fun to this blog, I am going to put a QUIZ song in any one post every month. You just have to answer two questions about the song in your comments. The names of the male and female singers and the name of the album (or the name of the film). The song could be a classical one, or from films of the black and white era. The person who gives the first correct answer will get the song by email. If this blog gets the right answer too soon, you may always try your luck on my other blog :

Quiz Song : 1

I will give you the correct answer in one of my later posts.

Comments are welcome.




  1. A Nonymous said,

    May 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Track: Sapera been bajaiyo re tu to hamaari gali mein aaiyo re
    Artist: Ashok Kumar, Geeta Dutt
    Lyricist: Wali Sahab
    Music Director: Ghulam Haider
    Album: Padmini (1948)

  2. A Nonymous said,

    May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    gee: sapera been bajaayo re tu to mhaare gali mein aayo re
    main to chalungee thaare saath
    a: teer tore nainon ka hua kalejava ke paar
    teer tore nainon ka
    gee: laga re teer tor nainon ka
    laga man mein teer tore nainon ka

    a: o gori re gori re more baandh de haath dou raakh se
    mori kaat de naar gandaase se
    main to chhup jaaoon thaare saanche se
    main to chhup jaaoon chhup jaaoon
    mera jeena hai dushavaar
    teer tore nainon ka hua kalejava ke paar …

    gee: o tan ka baaje baansuri re
    more man ka baaje saaz
    saaz more man ka baaje saaz
    a: taar na tod is taar ke re teri
    bhagavan raakhe laaj
    aaj mohe deepak raag sunaayo re
    tu to mhaaro gali mein aayo re
    gee: main to chaloongi thaare saath
    a: teer tore nainon ka hua kalejava ke paar …

  3. indianraga said,

    May 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    BULL’s EYE !! You’ll get your song by email. That is, if you don’t already have it.

    just a minor correction :

    ….baandh de haath dou ‘raakh’ se
    ….baandh de haath dou ‘raase’ se

    raase is ‘chord’ in english and ‘rassi’ in hindi.

  4. zizag said,

    May 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The song is from the 1948 film Padmani, sung by Ashok Kumar and Geeta Dutt,
    I think 🙂

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