Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FORGOT TO POST SOMETHING ON PANCHAM FOR HIS BIRTH DAY IN JUNE . HENCE THIS UPLOAD AND WRITE UP. YES BELATED.

                                                                                 
 FOUR  VIEWS OF KASHMIR AND SOME LINES ON R D BURMAN.



“ Kitni Khoobsurat yeh tasveer hai, mausam bemisal benazeer hai, yeh kashmir hai yeh kashmir hai”


R D Burman composed  this beautiful  song for Bollywood movie  BEMISAAL. The song was  sung by Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.Later When he saw the rushes of the song picturisation  in Kashmir , he exclaimed 
“ Orrey !Yeh Kashmir to kobeeta ke maafiq Sundhar hai. ”
“Great ! Kashmir is as beautiful as a poem ”

R D BURMAN OR PANCHAM ; A TRENDSETTING COMPOSER OF YESTERDAYS. 

It is certainly quite unfair on our part to compare father and son: Father S D Burman and son R D Burman ( 1939-1994 ). One a legendry composer essentially basing his compositions on Indian Folk Music of  styles while the other an innovator creating new compositions with western instruments and also combining Indian Folk tunes with western Harmony. Those who understand Raag , Mukhdaa, Antaraa, , Melody , and also Harmony with western scales and tunes shall understand the genius named R D Burman affectionately called PANCHAM by his friends and admirers . 
PANCHAM introduced some western Instruments and styles in Indian film Music. . He made frequent use of Saxophone, Chime , Trumpet ,Cello, Drum , Conga, Guitar , Vibraphone and Piccolo with Staccato and Boss nova styles for our film songs . He remains one amongst the great Music composers of Indian Cinema. His songs and style ! Unique and Innovative!. Songs too loud but rhythms INFECTIOUS . Songs with Flat seventh note . Chorus!. Chants! Songs with Antaraa starting on the fourth note ( Ma ) . A wonderful shift in scale experience for the connoisseurs. Recording songs with 80 musicians or 40 violinists. Rapid change of notes and beats . A Journey from Chote Nawaab to 1942: A Love Story ( 287 films).That is Pancham. That is his style. That is his contribution to Indian Cinema and Music.
His team Kersi Lord( Who played Electric organ for the song O Mere Sona Re Sona re Sona Re ) , Dilip Naik( Violinist remember the opening Guitar piece of the song Aa Jaa Aa Jaa Mein Hoon Pyaar Teraa ) , Soumitra Chaterrji ( Guitarist ) , Manohar Singh, Basudev Chakraborty, Devi Chand Chauhan and Asha Bhonsle . Pancham made frequent use of Nepali and Bengali Folk tunes like the Popular song Deewana Mujh saa Nahin Iss Amber Ke Neeche .He also made use of Pahaadi tunes and infact ‘ O Mere Sona Re Sona Re ” is a Pahaadi folk tune laced with Jaaz cum Bossa-nova pieces. Sheer Dimension! . Sheer freshness of scales and styles! Great Innovations.! 
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 Pancham’s composition “ Kuchh To Log kaheinge ” for Amar Prem proves his class . The touchy song “Tujh Se Naraaz Nahin Zindagi ” is as fresh and soothing today as it used to be when Pancham composed it. Only these two composition are sufficient to establish Pancham as a great original composer . Shall you believe when I say that Mehmood had offered the role of Bhola in PADOSAN to Pancham . Initially Pancham had come to Mumbai to make a career in acting . And Lo! Pancham created a record by scoring music for PADOSAN. Remember EK CHATUR NAAR. The song has a mixture of Raag Jhinjhoti, Straight lift from the popular Bhajan “Van Chale Raam Raghurai ” and Lata’ Ji’s song “Chanda Re Jaa Re Jaa ” from Ziddi with many instrumental innovations .Pancham is also remembered for using Carnatic instruments like Mridangum , Veena and Nadaswaram in his compositions. So Long so much on this great master .




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LONELY PATHS ?? WHAT ARE THEE LOOKING FOR ??????

                                                       ( Near Awantipora in kashmir )

                                                             ( Shivpora  Srinagar )       
                                                   ( Tangmarg Gulmarg Road kashmir )

Kisskaa Rastaa Dekhe- Aye Dil Aye Saudaayee
Meelon Hai Khaamoshi - Barson Hai Tanhaayee 


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

PAAN LEAVES AND KASHMIR




                                                                                       


PAAN LEAVES AND KASHMIR

Chewing PAAN is not new to Kashmir. Kashmiris used Tambuli leaves and Nagarakhanda leaves  as a luxury  for chewing  . Tambuli leaves were kept in a Gold box in the custody of an officer in the court of kashmirian kings . This official prepared the leaf with lime , Catechu nuts and other ingredients and offered the same in royal Darbars . Verses  in Rajtangini make mention of these leaves being available in Kashmir......I quote

“ By that vendor of Nagarakhanda and other leaves , the king was induced to part with almost the entire revenue of the country at this time ”
(Verse 194 Taranga VII Kalhana’s Rajtarangini Translated by R S Pandit )

“ So that she might maintain herself on the rent paid by the gardeners who in summer , keep flowers , Tambuli leaves and the like in that cool place ”

( Verse  19 Taranga VI Kalhana’s Rajtarangini Translated by R S Pandit . )

Footnotes by R S Pandit

Tambuli leaves are nothing but  the piper Betel or what we call presently as PAAN. Nagarkhanda is a variety of the Piper  Betel presently  known as PAAN .

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