Friday, June 30, 2006

Of ARR and Hindustani

1.Kukubh Bilawal:
I had been listening to a Kukubh Bilawal piece a few times composed by Ali Akbar Khan and sung by Asha Bhosle about 6 months ago. The piece stayed in my mind, and suddenly one early morning afterwards, it threw up a thought! The song "Sona nahi na sahi" from "One two ka four" conformed to those notes.

Kukubh Bilawal is just normal Bilawal with a special uccharana in the puravanga:
g3 r2 g3 p, p m1 g3, m1 g3 r2 s [g3] r2-- the Kukubh Bilawal anga is expressed in the last part (s [g3] r2).
--the chalan is taken from On the Bilawal trail

To understand what I am trying to say, listen to the song and concentrate on the words "Fikar kya hai, main hoon na tere liye", the last two syllables (liye) are clearly articulated in the Kukubh Bilawal style (s [g3] r2)!

2.Shahana Kaanada:
A well known Bhimpalasi is our good ol' "Radha kaise na jale". But in the second interlude (3:20), listen to the distinct sarod with pakhawaj in the background. That is NOT Bhimpalasi!

The swaras (roughly!) in the song are:
g2 m1 d2, m1 d2 n2 [s] d2 p,
m1 p g2 m1 d2, m1 d2 n2 [s] d2 p,
n2 [s] D p, g2 m1 (g2) r2, g2 m1 p.

This is exactly what is called as Shahana Kanada! A beautiful midnight raga.

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ARR...
dont know how much more he knows...
dont know when would we be fortunate enough to revel in his brilliance again!

7 comments:

Random Walker said...

well said! ARR needs to get back into more "kannodu kanbadellan"s and "Uyirum neeyae"s ... it is time he put the remix garb in the closet for a while.

Music Fan said...

hey maverick,

Informative post...

good observation on "Sona nahin naa sahin"...

dont know when would we be fortunate enough to revel in his brilliance again...well said....waiting for that time...

Gandaragolaka said...

RW--
Uyirum neeyae--> Khamas??

music fan--
Thanks! But I am just one of the mavericks who post here...

Karthik Rao Cavale said...

hey mavericks!

brilliant blog! hope you don't mind my linking it to mine. Amongst the best blogs on music I've seen!

Aakarsh said...

interesting to note that Sona Nahi song had such deeprooted technicality.

and regarding Radha Kaise na Jale..if you are talking abt 2nd interlude..That is not sarod..but Mohana Veena..by our very great Pt.VishwaMohan Bhatt,
nice info abt raaga though...i had been inquisitive abt that particular piece.

Gandaragolaka said...

damn! I had that doubt! thanks for clearing!

DeaK.In.FroSt said...

Great info you have there thanks for sharing such gems. A.R.Rahman should highly be credited for using such rare ragas.