Jan 13, 2008

Raag Bageshri and Raag Madhuvanti

Everytime I listen to Bageshri and Madhuvanti, I am reminded of Manna Dey and Talat Mehmood. The songs that i listen to are considered "carnatic" since they are set in the framework of south indian classical music. However, they have such a distinct flavor of the North, like they belong to kings like Akbar or Raja Man Singh. It is perfectly suited for Radha or Mirabai to express their yearning for Lord Krishna set in Mathura.

I think there are a lot of compositions on Lord Krishna in these two ragas. The song - Poocho na kaise maine rain bitayi - seems to be set in Madhuvanti. I am indebted to the person who introduced me to Manna Dey and Talat Mehmood and their music.

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