Indrani talukdar1

Man tarpat hari darshan ko aaaj… Remember the delightful bhajan in Baiju Bawra? It took the  genius of Naushad to compose a bhajan based on the king of ragas, the heady pentatonic Malkauns, steeped in veer rasa. Leonine in aspect the raga commands a majesty that its more delicate counterpart – Chandrakauns – fails to inspire for the same reason. With its flat Third, Fifth, and Sixth, Malkauns stands tall amongst ragas. Filtered through the soft-limbed kirana gharana this valorous raga sounds delicious rendered by the tremendous vocals of the late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi uploaded by cypher8888888 on You Tube.

The supremo’s emphasis on each note – the hallmark of a true kirana specialist – happens to be the recital’s chief highlight. I couldn’t help contrasting this performance to the more ornamented rendition of the same raga by that legendary exponent of the Patiala school of music-Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty.

Punditji’s recital in chota khayal in ek tala begins with a short signature alaap. Despite the strong sentiment of valour in his rendition the deific elements of a hymn could not be missed. This seemingly simple duality could have only been pulled off by the laudative genius of the late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi who had had to run away from home in order to learn Hindustani classical music. His complex bol tans too, are a tribute to the great exponent’s humongous talent and command over musical grammar.

You can hear this wonderful fourteen-minute piece on 



6 responses »

  1. Khurshid says:

    Very well written and informative article. I love to listen to classical music but have no knowledge of the ragas or the talas. Thanks for the learning. This is indeed a lovely bhajan.

  2. indrani9 says:

    Thanks, Beyniaz, for visiting!

  3. vimalaramuv says:

    It is a good write up, Indrani. Malkauns is a favorite in both north and south Indian styles. In the latter it goes by the name ‘hindola’

  4. Beyniaz says:

    Lovely. Good that you included the youtube link so that we can read about it and listen in too!

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