Four random songs 13

Continuing with my Random Songs series, presented here in this post are a few songs that I picked up from here and there while surfing the web, and also while hanging out on various music forums. These are excellent songs, a couple of them from the great maestros and the rest from our younger vocalists.

Mallikarjun Mansur – Sughrai – Piya Banjara :  Download

Ajoy Chakrabarty – Deshkar – Ayi Ri Badariya Sawan Ki :  Download

Manjiri Asanare – Adana – Rang Rang Mukh Pe Mat Phenko :  Download

Meeta Pandit – Bilaskhani Todi – Baje Boondariya :  Download

.. more Random Songs »


Gharana tradition : Jaipur

The Jaipur Gharana (also known as the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana) is a Khayal based Gharana, founded by Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855-1946) in the late 19th century. An offshoot of the Agra Gharana, the Jaipur Gharana acquired its name and status as a Gharana in the early half of the 20th century as a result of the growing popularity of stalwarts of this Gharana like Kesarbai Kerkar, Mogubai Kurdikar, Mallikarjun Mansur and Kishori Amonkar.

The Gharana is unique in that it was the first Gharana to be founded in Khayal Gayaki, whereas other major Gharanas were initially founded as Dhrupad-Dhamar Gayakis and eventually evolved into the Khayal Gayaki. The founder of this Gharana, Ustad Alladiya Khan initially developed the unique Gayaki of this Gharana following the partial loss of his voice which prompted him to develop an adjusted singing style to accommodate this handicap. As a result of his exploration, he raised the level of musical and vocal artistry to such heights that he was acclaimed as the ‘High Priest of Khayal Gayaki’.

Mallikarjun Mansur – Deshkar – Hu To Tore Karan Jagi :  Download

Kishori Amonkar – Bhairavi – Koyaliya Na Bolo Dar :  Download

Ulhas Kashalkar – Lalit Pancham – Udat Boondan :  Download

Shruti Sadolikar – Bhairavi – Bajuband Khul Khul Jai :  Download

Renowned names of Jaipur Gharana include Jitendra Abhisheki, Padmavati Shaligram, Manik Bhide, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Manjiri Asanare and many more, besides the artists mentioned at the beginning of this post. As is usual with most Gharanas, the list is long.

.. more songs of other Gharanas »


Four Songs : my Choice 9

Once again I am posting a few songs of my choice. All the artists featured this time are very well known to real connoisseurs of classical music, hence I am skipping the introduction bit.

Mallikarjun Mansur – Basanti Kedar – Atar Sugandh Gulab :  Download

Kumar Gandharva – Shuddh Shyam – Moye Bula Ke Poochho Na :  Download

Roshanara Begum – Maru Bihag – Rasiya Aayo Naa :  Download

Jagdish Prasad – Dadra – More Naina Bhar Bhar Aaye :  Download

.. more Songs of my Choice »


Four Random Songs 2

Another installment of songs that I picked up from here and there, while surfing the web. For the first time, I am not giving you the download links due to bandwidth restriction on the respective servers. You may however, fish out these files from the Internet Explorer Cache after playing them to their full length :

Rashid Khan – Raga Jogkauns – Peer Parayi Jane Nahi :  (Download)

Lalith Rao – Raga Malati Bihag – Barajo Na Maane :  (Download)

Mallikarjun Mansur – Raga Bihari – Neend Na Aai :  (Download)

Bhimsen Joshi – Raga Khamaj – Piya Naahi Aaye :  (Download)

.. more Random Songs »

Comments are welcome.

Flash ! : Download links now added due to overwhelming requests.


Mallikarjun Mansur : Maestro’s Choice

He did not clothe himself in princely robes. He did not care to be the center of attraction. He was content to be inconspicuous. He continued to look like a shopkeeper’s accountant. He did not speak like an oracle. He rarely referred to his triumphs. He won not only the respect but the affection of his contemporaries. He was wholly without envy. His airs were what he sang. He did not put on any. That was Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur for you.

Three crisp songs from the maestro of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana :

Raga Shukla Bilawal :  (Download)

Raga Raisa Kanhra :  (Download)

Raga Adambari Kedar :  (Download)

Comments are welcome.

Invite of the day : Can someone send me a few recordings of Shanti Hiranand (a disciple of Begum Akhtar) ?


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