Songs based on classical ragas

Film songs in classical ragas (11) – The evocative duo: Mand and Shivranjani

Rajasthani flute player: Mand and Shivranjani February 28, 2017

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (When Subodh came back after a long hiatus with his post on Bihag, he had promised us that he would now be more regular. He keeps his promise with another excellent piece on Mand and Shivranjani. ‘Kesariya balam’ has made everyone familiar with Mand. As for Shivranjani, the readers may […]

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Film Songs Based on Classical Ragas (10) – Bihag and its family

Raga Bihag January 19, 2017

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (Subodh makes an appearance as a guest author after about two years, of which I am responsible for a few months in scheduling his article. He makes up for it by presenting a selection of film songs and classical pieces which best represent Bihag and its variants.  As he explains, […]

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Film Songs Based on Classical Ragas (9) – Pilu

Raga Pilu February 15, 2015

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (Pilu is one of the most popular Ragas in Hindi film music.  Naturally, many songs based on Pilu have appeared on SoY, and some interesting discussion has taken place about KL Saigal being mesmerised by SD Burman’s ‘Ami chhinu eka’, and speculating which of his song it was similar to.  […]

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Film songs based on classical ragas (8) – In the royal presence of Darbari

Darbari January 21, 2014

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (It has now become routine for Subodh to surpass the outstanding.  He is coming back after a long gap.  But if the outcome is this superb piece, we don’t mind his prolonged preparations.  It is interesting to note that while the raga itself has gravitas, the word ‘Darbari’ meaning a […]

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Film Songs Based on Classical Ragas (7) – Desh and Tilak Kamod

Raga Desh March 16, 2013

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (Subodh returns, after some gap, with an outstanding article on Desh and its close variant, Tilak Kamod.  Some of the most iconic songs, such as ‘Dukh ke ab din beetat nahi’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Baje sargam har taraf se goonj bankar Desh Raga’ are in Desh. He also includes the […]

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Film songs based on classical ragas (6): The Majestic Malkauns

Malkauns December 11, 2012

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (Followers of SoY are familiar with Subodh’s elegant writings on songs based on classical ragas.  He surpasses himself with this article on one of the most popular and accessible ragas – Malkaus – which he describes as the greatest pentatonic raga.  He bears his scholarship lightly with his fluent and […]

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Film songs based on classical ragas (5): The Majestic Malkauns

Raga Malkaus December 11, 2012

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (SoY readers are familiar with Subodh’s elegant writing on songs based on classical ragas.  He surpasses himself with this outstanding article on one of the most popular and accessible ragas – Malkauns – which he describes as the greatest of pentatonic ragas.  Subodh carries his scholarship lightly with an easy […]

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A novice’s romance with Raga Durga

Memories of Raga Durga October 21, 2012

Remembering Durga, Sangeet Mahakumbh at Patna and Pandit Kumar Gandharva There are great romantic lovers like Dev Anand renowned for their ways with women.  And there are illiterate, bumbling ones no less endearing like Raj Kapoor with Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Bahti Hai – so has been my romance with Raga Durga for […]

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Film songs based on classical ragas (4): The romantic quartet

Chhayanat, Gaud Sarang, Gaud Malhar, Kamod August 13, 2012

Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (Rains bring in romance in the air with their musical sound of raindrops, greenery and chirping of a variety of species which were, as if, only waiting for the monsoon.  Pankaj Mullick sang in his famous ‘Ye raatein ye mausam’ thus – Ki do garm saanson ka ek saath ana/ […]

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Film songs based on classical ragas (3) – Music from the mountains

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Guest article by Subodh Agrawal (When I wrote my last post acknowledging the second anniversary of Songs of Yore, I mentioned Subodh Agrawal’s guest series on classical ragas and hoped he wrote more often. Soon after in a very sweet gesture, he sent me his article on Raga Pahadi as his gift to mark the […]

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