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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Music - The Eternal Being

This is about music. About music that has no boundaries. About music that has no religion. About music that has only one soul. Read on....

The other day, I was listening to some of Rahman's classics (Maybe as a preparation for the concert by the maestro on 20th!). I was particularly enchanted by two songs. One from Jodhaa Akbar and one from Lagaan.

Man Mohanaa, from Jodhaa Akbar (sung by Bela Shende) is his best piece I have ever heard. Even better than the songs from Water! Especially, the interlude before the first stanza is awesome. And if you listen carefully, it has a close similarity to Khawaja Mere Khawaja!

The other one is O Paalanhaare from Lagaan. Sung by the Nightingale of India and Udit Narayanan (He doesn't have a Wikipedia page yet!), it's a soul lifter. I feel it's not just a coincidence that both these songs are about Krishna.

Another thing that came to my mind was that if you think about the creators behind these songs, that will be enough to show the strength of Indian Secularism. The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar and the music and mood was set by A R Rahman. "Two muslims creating two masterpeice bhajans on Krishna!" That is the power of music! It crosses all boundaries! And wins the hearts!

You can find the lyrics of Man Mohanaa here and O Paalanhaare here.

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