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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A bandish in Ahir Bhairav

The CD of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam credits Mehboob for the lyrics of "Albela Sajan Aayo Ri" - the song bawled out by noted Sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan and partners in crime, Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Krishnamurthy. The song is a traditional Ahir-Bhairav bandish composed by 'Manrang'. Who was Manrang? Per an article:

Niyamat Khan (aka Sadarang): 1670-1748 was a court musician of Mohammad Shah "Rangile" (1719-1748). He had two sons, Feroz Khan ("Adarang") and Bhupat Khan ("Manrang").

You can listen to Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru's superb rendition of the above bandish here.

Click on "Audio sample"


Anonymous Razdan said...


Excellent link. Thanks for posting this.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

You're welcome, Razdan.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Suhail said...

Thanks for that link.. Just heard it. It's so different than the newer version. Yet both feel so in-place in their own way. Pure pleasure. Have they plagiarised it in the movie? (ie not cited the original version). And I get a strange out-of-body experience; whenever I learn much later, that a song, which I liked in the second version is as good as the original. It's like a double-treat!

I admit, except for ghazals, never listened many other forms of classical music. And I can't appreciate the raag and different forms of bandish or any other finer nuances of it. I am not even aware of the lexicon here. Even in ghazals, there are styles and gharanas and some such stuff, which I am blissfully ignorant of. I listen for the sheer pleasure of lyrics, and the poetic effect. Do you have any links for basics or primer on such stuff? It might just enhance my listening experience. Gotta join ALUP soon.

OT: Have been frantically looking for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Tum Ek Ghorak Dhandha Ho". Mindblowing, awesome ~30+ mins sufi-style rendition..on concept of God. The lines are simply unbeatable. Once you've heard it, the effect lingers on for hours..sometimes even days. Can't find the album on amazon/ebay etc..lemme know if you've heard it, or if you can find it online somewhere. (even pirated mp3s would do here :p) I am too bad at googling nooks and corners for music.

If you haven't yet heard it, trust me - put it as #1 in your to-do list. Life is too short, you never know.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Thanks, Suhail. Beginner's can do no better than to read Ramesh Mahadevan's Beginner's guide to classical music Although the examples given are for carnatic, the basic principles hold true for Hindustani as well. Also, check out Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe's site.

Yes, I have heard NFAK's song. Unfortunately, I don't have a link handy.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Suhail said...

Thanks very much Quizman for the links. And do remember to ping me, if and whenever you find NFAK's song.


5:41 PM  

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