Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Inimitable Ustad Bismillah Khan - Shehnai Maestro Par Excellence

Inimitable Ustad Bismillah Khan - Shehnai Maestro Par Excellence

On his 102 Birthday Anniversary we salute and remember this Master of Shehnai who has left a legend of quality music that is yet to be matched.

Birth name: Qamaruddin Khan
Born: 21 March 1916 -Dumraon, Buxar Bihar District, Bihar, India
Died: 21 August 2006 (aged 90) - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Genres: Indian classical music
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Shehnai

Ustad Bismillah Khan Saheb has been conferred with many Awards some of which are -

1956 - Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Music - Instrumental (Shehnai)
1961 - Padma Shri
1968 - Padma Bhushan
1980 - Padma Vibhushan
1994 - Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
2001 - Bharat Ratna

His inimitable style and aura caught all audiences in a rapt hypnotic effect that can only be explained by those who have experienced it. He will always be remembered as being given the honor of playing the Shehnai at the First Republic Day Celebrations and had maintained that honorable position for years to come. 

There is so much you can write about him, but so less that we all know. You may access some fantastic information at - 



His style and Music will always reverberate through our minds forever, some of his best which you can watch here.




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He will also be remembered by some wonderful quotes he penned which speak for themselves.

" Even if the world ends, the music will still survive."

"Music lets me forget bad experiences. You cannot keep ragas and regrets in your mind together."

All that I can say of now is it will take years to even grab a fine nuance of what this great Maestro did and achieved, but he will remain as a source of inspiration and motivation to all. As he believed I will never say "Rest In Peace" as he believed so strongly that Music will survive even if the World ends and for us he epitomized music in a unique way. 

Remembered Always!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

When Lyrics, An Emotional Voice, And Life Meet Together!

When Lyrics, An Emotional Voice, And Life Meet Together!

Truly said and, you will all agree that Lyrics are a form of a poet or writer drawing a picture of some phase or event of his or her life on to paper, in the form of words that are actually emotions weaving a magic that touches our hearts and soul. Add to that a voice with a soul, and connect it with a True-Life-Event and you have a Tsunami of emotions overpowering you to tears and a lump in your throat. 

I have through my writing years, through my Blogs tried to bring content that not only excels in words and the narrative but those specially that have an emotional bonding with the soul. Content that touches the warmest and deepest corners of your heart and brings a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. 

This is one such amazing amalgamation where I could find Lyrics of a Song, An Emotional Voice that sung the Original song as well as another singer whose True-Life experience matched the lyrics so well that when he sings, your heart is wrenched with emotions and you reach out to him instantly, and feel the pain and void that he feels. 

I am referring to the Wonderful Song - "Jealous" by Songwriters: Josh Kear / Natalie Hemby / Timothy Mckenzie and so emotionally sung by Labrinth. The extension of this song is an emotional rendition of the same song by Josh at an Audition that had the Judges in tears as were we. The reason being Josh's loss of his best friend so closely relating with the lyrics and the way he interprets the song in his own way has you grabbing for your throat welled up with emotions. Won't waste much of your time, and present you with the lyrics first, then the original by Labrinth , followed by the same song by Josh. Leave it to decide who won. I felt in the end Music won over all! 

The Lyrics - Jealous

I'm jealous of the rain
That falls upon your skin
It's closer than my hands have been
I'm jealous of the rain
I'm jealous of the wind
That ripples through your clothes
It's closer than your shadow
Oh, I'm jealous of the wind
'Cause I wished you the best of
All this world could give
And I told you when you left me
There's nothing to forgive
But I always thought you'd come back, tell me all you found was
Heartbreak and misery
It's hard for me to say, I'm jealous of the way
You're happy without me
I'm jealous of the nights
That I don't spend with you
I'm wondering who you lay next to
Oh, I'm jealous of the nights
I'm jealous of the love
Love that was in here
Gone for someone else to share
Oh, I'm jealous of the love
'Cause I wished you the best of
All this world could give
And I told you when you left me
There's nothing to forgive
But I always thought you'd come back, tell me all you found was
Heartbreak and misery
It's hard for me to say, I'm jealous of the way
You're happy without me
As I sink in the sand
Watch you slip through my hands
Oh, as I die here another day, yeah
'Cause all I do is cry behind this smile
I wished you the best of
All this world could give
And I told you when you left me
There's nothing to forgive
But I always thought you'd come back, tell me all you found was Heartbreak and misery
It's hard for me to say, I'm jealous of the way
You're happy without me...



It's hard for me to say, I'm jealous of the way
You're happy without me.....

THE ORIGINAL SUNG BY LABRINTH


THE SONG SUNG BY JOSH AT THE AUDITIONS


I AM SURE THIS WILL HAVE YOU THINKING FOR SOME TIME SOAKING IN ALL THE EMOTIONS AND THE WONDER THAT MUSIC CAN DO!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Close Your Eyes And Drift into Eternity with Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - Hawaiʻi '78

Close Your Eyes And Drift into Eternity with Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - Hawaiʻi '78


No Words only Listen to the Composition and sing along from the lyrics given below. 

UA MAU KE EA O KA ?AINA I KA PONO O HAWAI?I

(Rough translation: The constant, wet Rain Gives Life to the land and brings goodness/change to Hawaii)

If just for a day our king and queen
would visit all these islands and saw everything
How would they 'bout the changing of our land
Could you just imagine if they were around
and saw highways on their sacred grounds
How would they feel if they 'bout this modern city life


Tears would come from each others eyes as
they would stop to realize
that our people are in great, great danger now


How would they feel
would their smiles be content
rather then cry
cry for the gods, cry for the people
cry for the lands that were taken away
and in it you'll find Hawaii


Could you just imagine if they came back
and saw traffic lights and railroad tracks
How would they feel about this modern city life
Tears would come from each others eyes as
they would stop to realize
that our land is in great, great danger now


All of the fighting that the king had done
to conquer all these islands
now there's condominiums
How would he feel if saw Hawaii now


How would he feel
would his smiles be content
rather then cry
cry for the gods, cry for the people
cry for the lands that were taken away
and in it you'll find Hawaii.