Monday, February 23, 2009

Begum Parween Sultana - The Flawless Queen of Hindustani Classical music

Begum Parween Sultana! I must add her in my 'People whom I admire' list!

I had been to her concert yesterday. I have heard her concerts here, in Chennai, I think, thrice. I was not a very great fan of proper classical singing. When I started learning Carnatic music, my teacher was teaching my senior students, how to build the swaras step by step in the 'aalaap' stage, within the framework of the aarohana, avarohana of a raaga. I was very much fascinated by it. I loved her singing raaga 'Varaali' with 'aalaap' etc. Even now, I love that raaga.

Somewhere in between, I started liking Hindustani music. Maybe, Sangeeth Saritha's influence, or maybe childhood memories of hearing it, because of my father. All of us were teasing him for hearing 'aaaaaaaa' in those days! Nowadays I hear a lot of Hindustani music.

Now, to Parween Sultana. She has got a beautiful god gifted voice. I heard the first two songs which are in the videos, in yesterday's concert. The last one is pure classical music. But beautiful rendition. Please hear this one with medium volume. Esp. this type of song should be heard at night......divine music!

It is like I am at the concert again! The same tabla vaadak, Shri Mukundraj Deo and harmonium by Shri Srinivas Acharya. She said that she had been singing here from 1969 and this song is Chennai audience's pet song! They never allow her to leave, without singing this beautiful song. I get goose bumps whenever I hear this song and it happened again, yesterday, thanks to Begum Parween Sultana!



This 'Taraana' is like 'Thilllaana' in Carnatic music. The name of the raaga also is the same in both Carnatic and Hindustani - Hamsadhwani/Hansadhwani. 'Bhavani Dayani', was soft and melodius and the 'taraana' was making the whole audience nod their head.

The anchoring person said that enough time is not there for listing her accolades and awards. Whenever she comes to Chennai, she wins the hearts of its audience! If you are interested to here more music of hers, please click the link given below and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=parween+sultana+-+bhavani+dayani&aq=f

5 comments :

R. Ramesh said...

Hi
Please come over to globalmadarasi.blogspot.com
(new address)
cheers, ramesh

Sandhya said...

Jai ho! All of are going to use 'Jai Ho' instead of hello, for sometime now! Yellaap pugazhum serum iraivanukke! I had noticed in his interview - he gives a smiling sound 'heyhey' often, in every sentence he spoke. It was nice! Very down to earth person.

So, glad to see you back! Keep writing and all of us will enjoy reading them!

I was not able to post this comment in your blog, pl.

R. Ramesh said...

just to say hi..

Sai Charan said...

Hi Sandhyaji,

I took some time to watch all the videos associated with this post.

I have very little knowledge of the ragas but I enjoy listening to Indian classical music.

Attending a live concert is an enriching experience; nice to hear that you people watched Begum Parween Sultana's live performance.

Sandhya said...

My family also is not familiar with raagas, but enjoy music! As soon as we hear some tune, we start connecting it with some Hindi or Tamil film songs! We know only that much, but this too is fun!

Enjoy good music, Sai. Thanks.

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