AUGUST 9, 2020 SIA PRESENTS BOLLYWOOD MEETS RAGAS!
Generously supported by Udai Jain and Rajeev Daga of Nikash Diamond
SIA brings you this week raga Bhairavi. If there is one raga even the uninitiated has heard of, it is Bhairavi!
We thought we will bring you Bhairavi in the memorable Jagjit Singh concert presented in Mumbai in 2001 in celebration of his 60th birthday.
Jagjit Singh is accompanied on tabla by Abinav Upadhayay, Surendra Sharma on Santoor, Deepak Pandit on Violin, Arshad Ahmed on guitar, Akhlaq Hussain Warsi on harmonium, and Santosh Gaud on dholak. We thank Abhinav Upadhyaya for reminiscing the concert.
SIA thanks Harini Kapoor, student of Pandit Madhup Mudgal, for concise description of the raga. The textbook Bhairavi ascends and descends with all seven notes, keeping re, ga, dha, and ni komal, and ma shudh, both ways. In practice, all twelve notes of the octave are used depending on the composition and the elaboration. Click on the links below to enjoy the song!
August 9, 2020 Sia presents Bollywood meets ragas!
Generously supported by Udai Jain and Rajeev Daga of Nikash Diamonds
SIA brings you this week: Bada Natkhat Hai Re Krishna Kanaihyan (film Amar Prem, music R.D. Burman), dedicated to the bal (child) Krishna of Yashoda
O Sajana Barkha Bahar Ayee (film Parakh), and its Bengali counterpart Naa Jeo Na (film Naa Jeo Na), is composed by Salil Chaudhury
Both songs are composed in raga Khammaj.
SIA is fortunate to be collaborating on “Bollywood Meets Ragas” with the eminent classical vocalist Padma Shri Pandit Madhup Mudgal, Principal of the renowned Gandharva Mahavidyalya, Delhi. Here is what Madhupji’s student Harini Kapoor has to say about Raga Khammaj and bollywood songs.
Raga Khammaj is a late-night melodic structure with six notes (sa-ga-ma-pa-dha-ni-Sa) in ascent (aarohi) and all seven (Sa komal- ni-dha-pa-ma-ga-re-sa) in descent (avarohi). The raga allows intelligently breaking these rules and is therefore often heard inthumris, horis, dadras, taranas, and of course, in Bollywood numbers!
We bring you this week two popular Bollywood numbers: Hoton Se Chhoo Lo Tum (Singer and Composer Jagjit Singh, film Prem Geet) and Jab Deep Jale Aanaa (Singers Yasudas and Hemlata, Composer Ravindra Jain, film Chitchor).
Both songs are composed in raga Yaman Kalyan, a sampurna (complete) raga
that has provided the foundation for innumerable Bollywood songs. The two presented here are my favorites.
No Jagjit Singh live concert was complete without Hoton Se Chhoo Lo Tum, and no Yasudas live concert is complete without Jab Deep Jale Aanaa!!
We bring you this week two popular Bollywood numbers by famous composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan - Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din (Mera Naam Joker) and O Mere Sanam, O Mere Sanam (Sangam).
Both songs are composed in raga Shivranjani, a Shankar-Jaikishan favorite.
You may wonder why the two songs composed in the same raga sound so different.
Well, that is because a raga is NOT a tune- it is simply a structure of ascending and descending notes (aarohi and avrohi). Within that structure, the composer is at liberty to improvise and devise different tunes.