Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vande Maataram! Happy Independence Day To All Of Us!


First let us all thank our Doordarshan for producing these two lovely patriotic songs/videos, which show how unique our country's people, their culture, etc.are!  I think these videos will be apt for this Independence day and for many others to come!  We used to hear them often in the 80's and 90's.  Very rarely we hear/see them  in DD nowadays.  We don't see in other channels.  I was able to get the details of the first video but couldn't get the lyrics or the details of the creator of music for the second video.  Let me write about them as much as I know.

Doordarshan had produced two patriotic songs in raag 'Desh' a beautiful Hindustani raag.  I had posted the first video earlier, here!  In that video, importance was given to regions and languages of India...Mile sur mera tumhaara was a very apt title. 

 I love the happy expression of Pt.Ravishankarji in this second video! Our heart leaps at the sound of this music, our music! The starting sound itself gives us goose bumps!

This second video also is based on raag 'Desh'.  Importance is given to our various forms of music and dance forms. That video started with Pt. Bhimsen Joshiji, who was a stalwart in Hindustani music.  I had done a post on him sometime back, here!

This video starts with Sitar vaadak, Pt.Ravishankarji,  who took our music worldwide. Then Bhimsen Joshiji starts singing 'Baje sargam' in his booming voice.  Pt. Ramnarayan comes next with his rare string instrument, saarangi. 

At 3.05 mts., Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia plays flute.  His instrument takes us to heaven...lovely sound. He looks very young here.  His son Rakesh also plays this instrument and is becoming famous like his father.

At 3.30, a young Pt. Shivkumar Sharma plays santoor, a string instrument from the Jammu Kashmir region.  I did a post on him here! His son Rahul Sharma also plays santoor now!

 At 4.11 mts. Ustaad Zakir Hussain and his father Ustaad Alla Rakha, famous tabla vaadaks, play the beautiful tabla.  You will get goose bumps, hearing them...happy duo!

At 4.56, Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan, plays a string instrument, sarod. His sons Amaan and Ayaan Alik Khan also play this instrument.  The sound is pleasing to the ears!

At 5.48, you can see the Rajasthani dance form and an instrument of that region.

At 6.28, Kavita Krishnamurthy sings for Mallika Sarabai's Kuchipudi dance (Andhra's dance form).  She is a Bharathnatyam dancer too!

At 6.52, you can see the famous Odissi dancer, Protima Bedi.  The song is in Bengali, I think! She started a dance school in Bengaluru.  Though she is no more, her school is still there.

At 7.13, the dance form is Manipuri.  Am I right?

7.26, it is Kerala dance form Kathakali.  I don't know the name of the artiste.  Mythological story telling in dance form is mostly the theme for these dances.  I don't know the name of the artiste.

At 7.13 mts. Kanak Rele is doing Mohiniattam, a dance form from Kerala.  The movements are slow and beautiful in this dance form! She is a Gujarati but famous for Kerala dance forms, Mohiniattam and Kathakali.  She runs a dance school also in Mumbai and is very well educated.  Read the wikipedia link, which is very interesting! The singer is the famous Carnatic classical singer, Dr. Balamurali Krishna.

I am familiar with the artiste who comes next. Does anyone know?

At 8.22, it is the dance form of Tamilnadu, Bharthanatyam.  The artiste is, huh, I don't know! Kavita Krishnamurthy is the singer.

Then comes Dr.Balamurali Krishna, again.  He is a vocalist, violinist and a mridangam player! He is from Andhra Pradesh and is singing in Telugu.

At 9.15, Shri S.Balachander plays veena, a string instrument.  He is from Tamilnadu.

At 10.18, the artiste is Shri Lalgudi S.Jayaraman, a Carnatic violinist from Tamilnadu.  He is a very famous violinist and composer of many songs also.

Then comes the beautiful 'finale' piece...Enjoy!

Vande Mataram



Destination Infinity said...

I remember most of this song, as I was mesmerized by it when I was young. Some songs like this one, Mowgli title song, Kismat title song, etc. are fresh in my mind!

These days, I am not much into music - Not sure why! Like a writers-block, maybe I am having a musical-block!!

And yes, wishing you and your family a very happy independence day, Maami :)

Destination Infinity

ashok said...

happy independence day!

Rama Ananth said...

Mile Sur is my favorite too, i never get bored singing it or listening to it. Amjad Ali Khan is a great sarod player, I remember him from his early days when he used to visit his girl friend(Subhalakshmi Borouha, whom he married)who was also my friend and neighbor in Calcutta. I used to listen to his music while he practiced it there in her house whenever he used to come there. He used to look the same as he looks now, he had grey hair even then.
Oh, your blog brought back so many good memories of Amjad, his wife and that beautiful song Mile Sur.
Wish you a very happy independence day!

SG said...

Happy Independence Day.

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: Mowgli song is a favourite song of our whole family!

You used to post very good songs! Come out of the musical-block and start posting new musical posts!

Thank you, D.I.

ASHOK: Thank you, Ashok!

RAMA: Yes, he had grey hair always and he was the girls' craze in those days. He was always there in the 'Most handsome men' list! Subbulakshmi is a great lady. I have seen her with Amjad in some TV interviews!

Mile sur is my favourite too, Rama. Thank you!

SG: Thank you!

Usha Pisharody said...

What wonderful detailing, Sandhya. I too remember this song, and am always moved by it, each time it is played. It is from a golden time of musicians, and creators of such collaborative efforts. Lovely! Thank you, and wishes on this day to all of us!

வை.கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் said...


Rachna said...

Happy Independence day to you too! Yes, I recall the songs of my childhood that aired on DD. Loved those.

Avada Kedavra said...

oh yes I remember these songs and many more which used to get aired on Independence day. These days I dont see patriotic songs being aired on TV :( So many times I feel the DD days were much better.

sm said...

happy independence day!

Rahul Bhatia said...

These are some of the best compositions, Sandhya! Fortunately nation and media does remember them twice a year on 26 Jan and 15 Aug

Haddock said...

Some of the old ones made by DD was really good (and original)

Sandhya said...

USHA PISHARODY: DD introduced us to our own culture in a beautiful way through this video. We never know about these dances or the unique instruments or the classical raagas in a normal day to day routine. Most of us are familiar with film songs without bothering to know the instruments used in the orchestra etc. This simple song introduces to all the sounds and we come to know about the instruments they come from!

Now, we know more about the instruments used in Spain or France or Italy than in India.

Yes, some youngsters have started promoting our music and musical instruments abroad. Then our children come to know about them!


RACHNA: Thank you, Rachna!

AVADA KEDAVARA: DD brought the family together while watching programmes. Now we have got choices, but too many choices! So we don't have a common subject to discuss in the dining table unlike DD days. Children will watch something, mothers will watch something, fathers will watch something...!

SM: Thank you, SM!

RAHUL BHATIA: I didn't see these songs in TV this year. Atleast Rahmaan has made some good patriotic songs/tunes/rhythms, so we seem to hear them a lot...I like them too!

HADDOCK: Seeing you after a long time Haddock! Thank you! Yes, they are originals!

Sai Charan said...

Very well explained about the song and all the legendary musicians!! :)

Thank you for bringing back the memories of the good old days of Doordarshan!! :)

Sai :)

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