Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sangeet Sarita, an AIR Programme - 'Raag Pahaadi' in film music, by Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma

I am an addict to the radio programme, 'Sangeet Sarita' in AIR (Vividh Bharati).  I have already written 2 posts on 'Sangeet Sarita' and this is going to be the third one!
This time, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Hindustani Santoor vaadak) discusses about raag 'Pahaadi' and how various Hindi Film music directors handled this raag in different ways (in their own ways), in their songs.  He talks about the orchestration - which instruments were used - by these music directors for the same raag.  I cannot or not capable of writing in detail but I had jotted down the songs and will list them down here.  In 'Sangeet Saritha' programme itself, he had narrated his life history in 'Meri Sangeet Yatra' and in the current series, it is 'Paarshwa gaayan ke rangeen taane baane'.
Pt. Sharma himself is a music director and has created many gems along with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasiya in the name of 'Shiv-Hari'.  They have directed music for some gazhals and bhajans too.
I heard these two songs today.  Both the songs are my favourites and while hearing them, I thought I will write a post about this programme.  Now, hear and enjoy the songs, like I did!
I love this film, 'Silsila' and Amitabh and Rekha are my all-time favourites!  Music is by Shiv-Hari.  He says that this raag suites well for the songs picturized in scenic places like Switzerland , Kashmir etc.  Beautiful song:

This song is very melodious but without much orchestration!  Normally, the orchestra gives flavour to the songs... this is so beautiful and peaceful to the ears that you will never notice the minimum instruments used in the background:

This beautiful song is from film 'Chandni', music is by Shiv-Hari.  The singers are Latha and Babla.  The song starts with the peaceful tune of Pt. Chaurasia's flute.  This too, is one of my favourites:

This song is from the film, 'Kashmir ki kali',  and the music is composed by O.P. Nayyaar.  The same raag 'Pahaadi' is handled in a different way:

Latha's golden voice!  Film is, ' Aakhri khat'.  Pahaadi raag again by Khayyaam:

Again, this song is composed by Khayyaam.  Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur...hmm, such a beautiful song:

This song of Latha, is composed by the most versatile music director,  Madan Mohan.  Sadhana is without 'sadhana cut'?!

Slow and melodious song, composed by Naushad, who has got hundreds of classics, to his credit. This one is sung by our inimitable Rafi saab:

'Chanda ki chaav mein, thandi thandi hawaavom mein', 
The above mentioned song, by Latha, composed by Sri Ramchandra, is also based on raag 'Pahaadi'.  I couldn't get the video.
The next two songs are based on Rajasthani Folk music.  These are also based on raag  'Maand'.  
Music is by Shiv-Hari, sung by Latha and the famous Rajasthani folk singer, Ila Arun. Picturized on our beautiful, talented Sridevi! The film is 'Lamhe':

He quoted the song, 'Kesariyaa...baalam',  which was composed by Hridayanath Mangeshkar, sung by Latha for the film, 'Lekin'.  I could not get the video for this song.  But came across this video in which a young girl Aishwarya, sang  this song beautifully, in a reality show, 'Chote Ustaad'.  She is going to be a star singer in the future...beautiful voice.

This programme, Sangeeth Saritha,  is being aired now (tomorrow is the 13th episode and must be the last one) and you can hear more songs on raag 'Pahaadi', from 7.30 am to 7.45 am in Vividh Bharati! After this series is over,  some other prominent person will be interviewed about some subject connected to classical music or film music...our own good music!
Friends, this is my last post for this year, 2009!  This is the 132nd post!  Your encouragement has prompted me to write so many posts, this year!  I thank you all wholeheartedly!

Now, let us all welcome the New Year, 2010!  All of us in our family wish you a
Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year!
God Bless you!  Be Happy Always!

Edited: Corrected the title - Raag Pahadi in film music - 11th Jan.'10

Edited to add on 21st Nov.'16: The two Maestros are playing their instruments here! Click this link pl. Heavenly music! 


hitch writer said...

I dont know a lot about classical and raga... but I love everything that is melodious !!! what wonderful collection is that... ! songs of silsila are an eternal favourite...

Yeh kaha aa gaye hum is most most favourite !!!!!

suhani raat dhal chooki is another favourite !! wonderful tune !

All those songs are each worth a separate post !!!! :D :D :D

let me listen to a few... !!!!!

and while i do that.. Wish you a very happy new year in advance !!!!! :D :D :D

Sandhya said...

hitch writer: I too don't know anything about raagas! Nowadays, like to hear Hindustani music alongwith film music, without the knowledge of the raagas or taal. Just enjoying.

Thanks for the wishes and all of us wish you, Hetal, Hriday, your mother and all the others in your family, a very very happy New Year, Dhiren!

Rajlakshmi said...

Wish you a sweet and beautiful year ahead... just like the lovely songs here :)

vimmuuu said...

Thanks for sharing some of the songs ! Havnt heard a few from this !

Wish you the happiest new year ahead !

Btw, I did get that link on Ullathil nalla ullam, its in rm format which isnt accepted by my software. Would have to convert it to .mp3 and thats one of the first things to do when I get back to Chennai ! :D :D Thanks a lot though !

Sandhya said...

Rajalakshmi: Happy and Peaceful New Year to you too, Rajalakshmi! God bless you and your family!

Vimmuuu: Happy and peaceful New Year to you too, Vimmuuu! Waiting to hear the song.

radha said...

I never knew Sangeet Sarita still comes on these days. It was something one tuned in every morning, many years ago. Of late it was the WorldSpace that was put on for uninterrupted classical music in the morning. Now with WS being closed down, I am glad you brought this to my notice.

Unknown said...



I haven't been blogging much, but it will be BLASPHEMY if i don't wish you for new year!!!

and what a treat was in store here!! so many wonderful songs, most of them my favourites!

I do not have knowledge of ragaas either... my first boss was trained in classical music and used to play "Ghatagam" in concerts... and i have this unquenchable thirst for music.... so he used to talk to me a lot about it. he had told me of certain ragaas... and given examples of old hindi songs based on them!

i have a friend called "Shivaranjani" and my boss told me even that is a name of a Raaga! :D

ur post delighted me so much!!!

hugssssssss!!! :D

Sandhya said...

Crafty: Hey, am I happy to see your precious comment here, in my blog! Nice to see you here, crafty!

Good to know that you are interested in classical raaga based songs. Unknowingly, we start appreciating these songs and never forget them even after many years! Foot tapping songs are good to hear (I have got many favourites too!) but don't stay for long. I can recognize around THREE raagas!! That too after hearing about them in Sangeeth saritha where they explain about them like Pt.Sharma!

Yes, Shivaranjani is the name of a beautiful raaga...a tamil song starts from that word and I was told that it is based on that raaga...see how I gather my knowledge!

Our best wishes for a very very Happy and Peaceful New Year to you and your family and my whole hearted love to you, girl!!! God bless you! Be Happy always!

Sandhya said...

Radha: Join the 'Sangeeth saritha' club, Radha! Enjoy! Happy New year to you and your family!

Unknown said...

Sandhya! i do follow ur posts...on my reader! been on a blog break, so not commenting! just that i had to wish u for new year!


u are reallllly sweet! *loud muahs on each cheek and a long hug*

:D :D :D

Swaram said...

Wow! Pahadi is one of my fav. raagas and I loved this list .. esp. those from Silsila, Ishaaron ishaaron mein and Suhani raat dal chuki. Aiswarya did a gr8 job with Kesariya in that music pgm too .. Never tuned in to this pgm Sandhya ... thanks a lot for sharing ... such an interesting one :)

R. Ramesh said...

S thanks ya..i am in chennai till 9th...is there any chance u guys visit marina beach...i am close to the gandhi statue area and can meet any evening till the next week..it ll be a pleasure to catch up..plz communicate on rames20@gmail.com
will send u the phone details..cheers and best wishes always...

Asha said...

I too love listening to songs on the radio. It's a pleasure to listen to songs on the radio before going to sleep especially melodius olden goldies. glad somebody is still listening to Radio. Wishing you a happy twenty ten

kanagu said...

I have never heard any of those songs before... but listening to songs in Radio is always a pleasure....

and I will hear all those songs one by one soon :) :)

Sandhya said...

Crafty: You were here for the first time and I was very happy. The way you and Indyeah express your affection is great. You made my first day of this year, the happiest day!

Swaram: Pt.Sharma explains beautifully how the musical instruments were used to give expression to the song, for a happy song or a sad song. Some more songs are coming...

Aishwarya's voice is one of the best of the current new voices.

Ramesh: I will mail you the details, Ramesh.

Asha: Yes, listening to old songs at night in the dark gives such a nice feeling.

Thank you and our wishes to you for a very very happy new year, Asha!

Kanagu: Hear them 3-4 times and you will get familiar with them and then will enjoy them, Kanagu. Yellaa paatum nallaayirukkum.

Anonymous said...

The last song - Kesariya sung by that young girl Aishwarya was brilliant! It's a long time since I have seen such high pitched variation in tone and the song still being fluent! That girl has got a lot of talent and great voice - rightly admired by the best - Shreya Ghoshal!

Destination Infinity

Anonymous said...

I love listening to Shiv Kr Sharma and his son also. His son I guess makes more contemporary music. Both of them are sheer magic.
Oh yes Shiv-Hari as a team were a treat too to listen to. I love all the songs of Silsila. My fav is Yeh Kahaan aa gaye hum!

All teh songs that you've listed are lovely,Sandhya. Thank you for sharing such classics at the start of the year.

A Very Happy New Year to you and your family :)

Sandhya said...

Destination Infinity: All the songs that Aishwarya sang in the reality show were superb. Anwesha also sang very well. Both of them have got beautiful melodious voices. Hear some more of their songs in 'you tube'. You will enjoy, I am sure.

Deepu: I had attended their concerts too, 2 of Pt.Sharma's and one with both of them, lat year. Yes, the son is into conemporary music.

Thank you, Deepu and our wholehearted New Year wishes to you and your family!

KParthasarathi said...

First visit to your blog,I think.I like it. Will follow regularly
Happy new year and beyond

R. Ramesh said...

marathi manni ennai marakkathirgal friend..cheers and best wishes to yr family...

Sandhya said...

K.Parthasarathy: Welcome here! Thank you and Happy new year to you, too!

Ramesh: Marakkavillai. Ungalaip paarkka plan panrom. We live in the outskirts. Very rarely we come to the Marina beach side. We are planning to do it before you leave, Ramesh.

Haddock said...

Aha.....another music lover.

Indyeah said...

LOVED all the songs in your list Sandhya :)
Specially parbaton ke pedon pe shaam ka basera hai and tere mere hothon pe and

main to tum sang nain mila ke
actually its very difficult to pick out any fav one:)
you have picked out some truly beautiful songs:)
My mom read your post with delight and wanted to share this one with you:)

this one(my absolute fav)based on the same raaga

Jaanewaalon Zaraa mud ke dekho mujhe (Dosti)

((((((((((((((hugs))))))))Sandhya:)) loved this post:) what a beautiful way to bring in the new year:)
wish you and your loved ones the very best in the years to come:))
love and (((hugs))))))))):)))

Sandhya said...

Indyeah: I am very happy to know that you and your mother enjoyed the songs.

I heard 'jaanewaalo zara', it is my favourite too. I had seen the movie when I was a school girl and cried so much that I could not walk on the road with my puffed eyes.

I have got some more songs from this programme by Pt.Sharma. Sometimes if I am busy, I miss to listen to what he says. I have got three Rafi's songs and don't know on which raagaas they are based on. I jotted down Bhairavi raaga based songs. I had second thoughts about doing one more post on this title, now, I will do it. I think I will have help from your mother for those songs! Thank you Indyeah and your mother for the Dosti song!

The credit for the songs goes to Pt.Sharma, I should say!

Aparna said...

I am pretty late in wishing you a Happy New Year but I hope you have a beautiful year ahead.
All the songs that you have mentioned are priceless. I am a die hard fan of Shiv Hari's music. It is unfortunate that they do not compose for films any more.
I loved all the songs of Lamhe.
Many many years ago, when I was a teen, I used to learn Hindustani classical music. Any claasical raga based song still gives me joy. There is nothing like the beauty of Indian classical music.

Maitreyee said...

Wow Sandyaji, Your blog rocks... I am not sure if you are Maradhi Manni but surely you are Sangeet Manni (pardon my Tamil). I too love all the songs you linked and I enjoyed watching them again... Thanks...

Sandhya said...

Aparna: Have you noticed, Aparna, most of their songs are of Pahadi raag. Pt.Sharma's Jammu nativity influences his music, I think!

Did you learn music? Nice. You will always recognise good music, Aparna.

We always make it a point to attend at least 2-3 concerts of Hindustani and Carnatic music, every December music season, here in Chennai. We missed this year, though.

Maithreyee: Thank you, Maithreyee!

Smitha said...

Wow! That was a lot of lovely songs and a lot of very interesting information! Most of the songs you have listed are some of my favourites too! I had a ball listening to them again!

I have no clue about Hindustani music. This was very interesting to read!

Pixie said...

Happy New Year!

wow... So much of information.
I love Classical Music - Carnatic and Hindustani.

Will listen to the songs at home. They are blocked at work! :D

Sandhya said...

Pixie: Welcome here, Pixie! Enjoy the songs!

R. Ramesh said...

heyyy S..sad v missed catching up ya...anywy..god willing next time..suburb? arre yaar...i was in tambaram many times..ok, then take a bus with yr fmly and reach dubai imm...ok?

Unknown said...

Happy Pongal to you Sandhya!!!


have a soooper celebration! and hope u post some pics of the food feast!! tee hee! :D


Sandhya said...

Crafty: Thank you, Crafty! Happy Shankraanthi for you too! Forgot to take photographs...next year, hopefully!

Shail said...

Such lovely songs Sandhya! I really anjoyed them and Pahaadi is one lovely raag!
Thanks for the link to this post! :)

Sandhya said...

Shail: I have written a lot about this programme, Sangeeth Saritha in many of my posts. Now, a carnatic singer and hindustani singers are taking one raga and sing in that raaga and discuss about it. They play one film song also in that raaga. Very interesting!

7.30 AM to 7.45 AM, Vividh Bharathi!

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