Sunday, April 17, 2016

Some of My Favorite Music

I was practicing the SIitar this evening and I often like to look for YouTube videos of songs that I'm learning. I started out looking for more Raga Bageshvri based songs  and ended up finding  the following songs based on Raga Bageshvri.

Here are links to several other links to videos of this raga based songs performing favorite songs of mine that I hope to learn in the future:

aajaa re .a.a.a paradesii
mai.n to kab se kha.Dii is paar
ye a.Nkhiyaa.N, thak ga_ii pa.nth nihaar
aajaa re, paradesii

(tum janam janam ke phere
bhuul gaye kyuu.N saajan mere     )  - 2
ta.Dapat huu.N mai.n saa.njh savere, o ...
aajaa re, mai.n to kab se kha.Dii is paar ...

(mai.n nadiyaa phir bhii mai.n pyaasii
bhed ye gaharaa baat zaraa sii   ) - 2
bin tere har raat udaasii, o ...
aajaa re, mai.n to kab se kha.Dii is paar ...

mai.n diye kii aisii baatii
jal na sakii jo bujh bhii na paatii
aa mil mere jiivan saathii, o ...
aajaa re, mai.n to kab se kha.Dii is paar ...

An outstanding classical song but unfortunately not heard often.

chaah barbaad karegi hamen maalum na tha / rote rote hi kategi hamen maalum na tha / maut bhi ham pe hansegi hamen maalum na tha / zindagi rog banegi hamen maalum na tha / chhaayi ghanghor ghataa chaand sitaare na rahe / woh ummeeden na rahi ab woh sahaare na rahe / ghair to ghair hi the woh bhi hamaare na rahe / ham pe aisi bhi padegi hamen maalum na tha...

Radha na bole na bole re by Lata Mangeshkar from Azad (1955), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music C Ramchandra
I had a tough time choosing between Jaag dard-e ishq jaag and Radha na bole na bole re as my iconic song for Bageshree. Ultimately I have opted for the latter, as it stays closer to the standard format of the raga.

Like most great ragas Bageshree can be used to express a variety of moods. The song above presents its playful mood. The classical piece below shows what this raga can do to express yearning and pathos. Malini Rajurkar sings a composition that was made famous by the late Kumar Gandharva:


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