Thursday, July 3, 2014

Yet another Raga based Medley - Darbari Kaanada

Back from a break.. into the exciting world of music again.

Darbari Kaanada is one of the ragas that I just love so much - mainly due to its soft and soothing nature. You can enjoy peace and bliss while listening to this, and this raga is completely away from the monstrous sound (or should i say Noise) effects which lot of our composers produce today.

Before we head there, a bit of history and knowledge - from Wiki:

Darbari Kanada, or simply Darbari, (pronounced darbāri kānada), is a raga in the Kanada family, which is thought to have originated in Carnatic music and brought into North Indian music by Miyan Tansen, the legendary 16th-century composer in emperor Akbar's court.

This tradition is reflected in the name itself; Darbar is the Persian derived word in Hindi meaning "court." As the most familiar raga in the Kanada family, it may sometimes also be called Shuddha Kanada or pure Kanada. It belongs to the Asavari thaat. It is also sometimes written as Durbari and Durbarikanada.

Darbari is a grave raga, played deep into the night, considered to be one of the more difficult to master, and with the potential for profound emotional impact

Luckily for us, we have wonderful compositions based on this raga (and some from the associated Kaanada family) within the realm of Tamil Film music. I have tried to piece together some of my favorites into this medley.

Consciously the opening piece of this medley is set in a high pace - drawing from the evergreen song "Malarae Mownamaa" composed by Vidyasagar (VS). I just could not leave out that song when making a medley of this very raga.

However, the initial pace dies down very quickly as the medley sets into a classical mood with the wizard A R Rahman providing the lullaby type "Kaatrae En vaasal Vandhaai" from the movie Rhythm. Am sure this is a popular number which everyone can relate to.

From here, the medley travels into my favorite VS's composition - "Nee Kaatru, Naan Maram" from the movie "Nilaavae Vaa". Note that he used the same ragam for "Malarae Mownamaa" in Karnaa movie, and brought it again here - shows his love for such soft, nice melodies. The BGM interlude that comes after A R Rahman's lovely piece could be familiar even to Malayalee friends as VS has used the same interlude elsewhere in a popular Malayalam song.

To wrap up the medley in soothing style and leave you with the blissful feeling of this raga, I take you into the world of the Maestro Ilayaraja. After all, who else can leave us spell bound and blissful with every single note of music that's embedded in to a song or the BGM - just the Maestro, none else.

Just shut your eyes and listen right from the musical interlude that follows VS's composition, and you will really feel the beauty and magic of the Maestro's hand. So, we get into the song "Kalyaana Thaen Nilaa" from the movie "Mownam Sammadham" as the last leg of the medley.

Hope you like this combination which I have consciously put together from the works of different composers. Comments welcome as always..

Raga Darbari Kaanada Medley | Muziboo

For those who are inclined to download the full songs and listen later, here are some links:
Malarae Mownamaa
Kaatrae Yen Vaasal Vandhaai
Nee Kaatru Naan Maram
Kalyaana Thenilaa



Unknown said...

Very nice compilation!

Madhu said...

There are few more beautiful Reeti gowla songs,