The adage ‘old is gold’ aptly describes the golden songs from era gone by. They sing the magical glory and genius merits of the songwriter, composer and the musician of those times. They instantaneously put you in a good mood. Without music, life would be a mistake. As Taylor Swift has said” When everyone leaves you, music stays”.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to imagination and life to everything.” – Plato.
We, have songs for every festival, occasion, celebration, marriage, desperation, heartbreak and friendship. I have a specially created Navratan (Nine jewels) playlist for Monsoon magic. And after soaking in its eternal bliss time and again, I wish to share it with all of you. With the hope, that happiness when shared increases exponentially!
In words of E.Y.Haburg, popular American song writer
” Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”
So, sit back relax, with a coffee mug in your hand or a plate of pakoras (your wish!) and ear plugs in your ear and enjoy these mesmerizing renditions. Music is fuel for life and believe me; it is so refreshing akin to a spa for your brain.
- Rim Jhim Rum Jhum from 1942- A love story. Passionately sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, awesome lyrics by Javed Akhtar and brilliant composition by R.D.Burman. It makes you go weak in your knees and fall in love all over again. The lyrics spin magic. Badal ki chadarein oodhe hai wadiyan, saari dishayein sooyi hain. Sapnon ke gaon mein, bheegi si chayon mein; do aatmayen khoyi hai. The English translation roughly would be ‘The valleys are blanketed by the dark clouds and all the nature is sleeping. In a faraway village of dreams and in the shadow of falling rain drops, two souls are passionately engaged in love.’ Listening to it, I get transported to a dreamy faraway land with jaltarang playing in the background, and pearl like droplets of rain falling from the sky.
- Taal se Taal mila from Taal. Tak dhina dhina tana na tan tan. The elegantly dancing 3 girls, in white splendid dresses dancing away in rain with their claps synchronous with the merry tabla. A. R.Rahman casts a spell and leaves us all spellbound.
- Koi ladki hai jab wo hansti hai, baarish hoti h from Dil to Pagal h. The stirring rendition by Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar immediately wants you to splish splash in pools of water with chak dhoom dhoom chak dhoom dhoom. It is as if the trio of Shahrukh, Madhuri and Karishma come alive rejoicing in ecstasy in your own tiny backyard.
- Diwana hua badal from Kashmir ki Kali. This melodious number sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi delights your heart with its simplicity and innocence. Oh ho ho, oh ho ho, aa ha ha, mmm
- Yeh raat bheegi bheegi from Chori Chori is my night time favourite. The astounding voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey pierce through the darkness and leave you enchanted.
- Yeh raatein yeh mausam from Dilli ka Thug. Another majestic number sung effortlessly by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. You can imagine yourself in a boat ride with the cool breeze blowing and mist falling.
- Boondon se baatein from Thakshak. A sublime number by the magician A.R.Rahman, sung by Sujata Trivedi. It has such a miraculous effect that I have myself started talking to the rain drops!!
- Ab ke saawan from same album by Shobha Mudgal. This indi pop number sung by her in her deep rich classical voice is a must listen to when the rain is jamming hard against your windowpanes.
- Saawan barse, tarse dil from Dahek sung by Hariharan and Sadhna Sargam is a sweet, simple rhapsodic number that takes you back to times of your first crush and rekindles the passion again.
Music can heal the wounds, that medicine cannot touch.
So with that thought I will leave you to enjoy these stupendous numbers in the harmony of nature. What are your favourite monsoon melodies?
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music!