Of swords, daggers and arrows

No guesses for what the title of the post is all about. Listen to the songs and enjoy the Shringar Rasa dripping from the poetry.

Girija Devi – Bhairavi Dadra – Nayan Ki Mat Maro Talwariya :  Download

Channulal Mishra – Dadra – Tore Naina Khilade Katar Sajani :  Download

Shobha Gurtu – Dadra – Baan Nainon Ka :  Download

Munawar Ali Khan & Raza Ali Khan – Tirchi Najaria Ke Baan :  Download

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Monsoon yearning

Anyone who has endured the unrelenting heat of the Indian summer will appreciate the relief that the Monsoon brings to the Indo-Gangetic plains. Cleansed of the heat and the dust, all nature seems to wear a new shiny robe. Suddenly the air is laden with the smell of damp earth and the gathering clouds cover the scorching sun with the promise of showers. The men and the boys are on rooftops flying kites of a hundred colors, while women and children swing from the branches of lofty trees. Peacocks fan out their long incandescent tails and the Papiha bird sings its love songs. The whole atmosphere is loaded with the symbology of love and yearning.

The ancient Vedic culture of India believed in the invocation of the rain Gods to bring life to the parched plains of India. Ragas were sung in scientifically worked out lengths and recited with specific musical notes to initiate the onset of rains each year before the season. Musical geniuses in ancient India believed that specific notes, sung in certain phrases, could darken the skies and bring a downpour of rains. In fact, this practice of invoking the rain Gods continues even in modern India whenever there is fear of a delayed Monsoon.

Begum Akhtar – Chha Rahi Kali Ghata :  Download

Munawar Ali Khan – Kari Ghata Ghir Aayi Ri Sajani :  Download

Shobha Gurtu – Chhai Ghata Ghan Ghor :  Download

Ashwini Bhide – Chha Rahi Kari Ghata :  Download

.. more songs of the Monsoon »

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Four Random Songs 12

Presented in this post are a few gems from some of the most renowned artists of Indian classical music. These songs were picked up by me from various music forums and sites. A couple of these songs have been specially uploaded on visitors’ requests. If your requested song is not here, please wait for the next Random Songs post.

Bhimsen Joshi – Thumri Bhairavi – Babul Mora Naihar :  Download

Kishori Amonkar – Bhajan – Jogiya Se Preet Kiya :  Download

Rashid Khan – Raga Bhatiyar – Tadpat Beeti Sagari Raina :  Download

Shobha Gurtu – Madhmad Sarang – Sajna Baat Nirakhta Hari :  Download

.. more Random Songs »

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Thumri : music of love

Rasas or emotions that govern human lives are mentioned in the Natya Shastra, the 400 B C ‘bible’ of Indian music, dance and drama. Shringar Rasa, the emotion of romantic love, is the essence of Thumri and its allied forms, Dadra, Kajri, Jhoola, Sawan, Hori and Chaiti. Thumri is a short piece of semi-classical rendition usually sung at the conclusion of a classical music concert. Thumri is based on the romantic-devotional literature inspired by the Radha-Krishna love theme. The words are strictly adhered to, and the singer attempts to interpret them with his/her melodic improvisations. It is quite usual for a singer to deviate from the rendered Raga, but momentarily.

Shobha Gurtu – Thumri Des – Saiyan Re Ho :  Download

Parween Sultana – Thumri Pilu – Tum Radhe Bano Shyam :  Download

Savita Devi – Thumri – Jao Wahin Tum Shyam :  Download

Savita Devi – Padi Gailen Chunaria Mein Daag :  Download

Savita Devi is daughter of Siddheshwari Devi, the legendary Purab Ang singer of Benares and one of the finest exponents of Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Hori and Tappa.

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Chaiti : songs of sultry summer

As we all know, Indian classical music is mostly based on the seasons of the year and even fine tuned to the hour of the day. Chaiti is sung in the month of Chait that falls in March or April as per the Hindu calendar. The Chaiti is a musical form derived from folk songs and its theme mostly revolves around romanticism and mood of love. These are certainly season specific songs. The Chaiti songs, like Kajri, have a place in semi classical form also. Most of the songs have wordings like Ho Rama or Are Rama. The lyrics are normally in the Purabi dialect, spoken in eastern Uttar Pradesh and parts of Bihar.

Rasoolan Bai – Chaiti – Chait Ki Nindiya :  Download

Girija Devi – Chaiti – Raat Hum Dekhli :  Download

Shobha Gurtu – Chaiti – Piya Milan Hum Jaibe :  Download

Channulal Mishra – Chaiti – Sejia Se Saiyan Rooth Gaye :  Download

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