Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Q: What is bhakti ?
A: Having that and being reminded by that continuously that you are “having that ” causes an emotional upheaval in your system. Know that upheaval to be Bhakti.

Monday, December 27, 2010


सत्य की अभिलाषा से उसने जाना ,
सत्य की असली परिभाषा 
घोर, घोर, निराशा 

Shabad- sansar samunde taar govinde

शायद चाहता था वो किसी जमाने में तरना,
नहीं चाहता पर अब वो जीना
नहीं चाहता मरना

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gorakh Kalyan

Took some time find to this version on youtube, since the others are less tranquilizing. Bhimsen Joshi.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Roop Pahata Lochan

Considering the fact this Abhang has been sung by Asha Bhonslae and then by Pt. Bhimsen joshi, it has already been stamped with signatures of two of India's leading voices. That said, I think Ranjani Gayathri have done good justice to this Abhang. The treatment is very classical and yet it retains the sounds and rhythms of bahjan setting. Full marks and very well done. R-G have praised a lot on this blog already. I hope this shall continue :) 

Roop pahata lochani sukh jahale wo sajani
to ha vitthal barwa to ha madhav barwa
bahuta sukrutachi jodi mahanoni vittal awdhai
sarv sukhacha aagar baap rakhumadeviwar

Love story

Strange is this love story.
he has fallen in love,
and he is crest-fallen.
And in his utter submissive surrender,
he is dying,
he is lying,

Tragedy or travesty of hope
what would you call his pursuit?

Strange is this love story.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baand preeti phool

Subah Subah, bhayyia pointed me to this song in Jaijaiwanti. Touching and very sweet. I guess its a very young lata singing there. Music is by Sudhir Phadke. SJ has uploaded Sudhir kaka's version too. Which is also excellent! Esp. where he says "door jaana naa" it lends itself to a very emotive high point. Normally I try to follow lyrics, but here the music simply stole the show and I just couldnt! Youtube also has a similar rendition of jaijaiwanti by Pt. jasarj. I am putting up here only lata and phadke's. You can search for Jasraj's one.


देख रहा है वो भीतर
वेदना में टूटते हुए
पल पल तुमको फूटते हुए

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Ratan Mohan sharma and SHankar Mahadevan

I dont think much of Shankar Mahadevan. Barring a few songs like Man Udhan varyache(age bai agarcha) and his performances with Shakti-band, I have no great memories of him. So when I saw him teaming up with Pt. Ratan Mohan Sharma, one of the most acclaimed disciples of Pt. Jasraj(besides Pt. Sanjeev Abhayankar ofcourse) I was rather surprised.

They are singing a  Beautiful kritti - tarak brahma swarupini- a beautiful amalgamation of Hindustani/Carnatic sytles. The opening is heavenly too, very dhrupad style(to my ears that is!). Its so sweet and it moved me so much that if yours truly had any power I would confer the title of Pt./Vidwan on Shankar Mahadevan. Anyway, does he need any title after singing like that? :) :) :)

Absolutely thrilling, do watch and enjoy. Raag is Yaman(sakhi e ri aali piya bina), I could catch the pakad easily. Do comment if you know more about kritti or this program in general where was this telecast/when etc.

Part 1

Part 2