New year, new series!

Yes, yes I do know that we are almost 4 months into 2014, but inspiration for a blog series really cannot be scheduled. Anyway, to make a long story short – every time I go to a Hindustani classical music concert, most raga renditions remind me of a Hindi film song that I know. And of course I just have to verify that I am right.

Thanks to smartphones, I am able to find many, many websites that list film songs based on ragas! However, not one of them actually embeds the video of the song (if available on Youtube). Which is where my idea for a new blog series comes in – I want to take a raga in each post and embed all the videos I can find of Hindi film songs based on that raga. Just to make things simple, I plan to go in alphabetical order (by raga name).

I don’t want to embed any songs that I don’t know or songs that I don’t like. I will probably also skip ragas that I don’t much care for (YMMV). Let’s see how this goes!

Let’s start with raga Ahir Bhairav, very appropriate as it is an early morning raga.

And from the evergreen movie Basant Bahar – “Poocho na kaise maine” –

And from the 1980’s hit love story Ek Duje ke Liye – “Sola baras ki”

And a bit more recent hit from Hum Dil De Chuke SanamAlbela Sajan aayo ri”

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