Raags in Hindustani Classical Music have a character of their own, a mood each evokes and also a temporal distribution of raags. The same raag at another time of the day doesn’t have the same effect as when played or sung at the appropriate time.
Raags in the vast ocean that Hindustani classical musical repertoire is, are truly an amazing interaction of symphonic compatibility between the seven notes and seven primary chakras in our body. This is probably the reason why good music has such a profound impact on our mind, body and soul. Raags have an innate quality of affecting the emotions of the listener, and hence affect the overall wellbeing. For example, even if you use happy lyrics with a melancholic Raag Ahiri (not often performed these days), the overall effect would be mesmerizing even to the casual listener who may not understand the nuances of Hindustani Classical Music. Raag Nilambari is supposed to be soporific, while others can calm, others help a person come out of a melancholic mood and some others can put an anxious mind to rest, providing welcome succour. Music is a means of art that is always easily accessible anytime , anywhere, and thanks to modern innovations like the www and the humongous online repositories of encyclopedic information and archival and it may well provide the solution to a lot of life’s miseries and salvage the souls caught in such an otherwise relentless spiral of agony. One such raag is Bhoopali: which is alluded to as Mohanam in Indian Carnatic tradition, this raga is of major help to those suffering from depression. The comforting notes are soothing effect and will indeed induce a becalming, benign influence.
Music thus is a great healer and can be used very effectively to treat a variety of stress induced disorders thanks to the modern world we live in.
Listen to this song from an amazing, movie Sur Sangam with brilliant acting by Girish Karnad and Jaya Prada https://youtu.be/PPy__c0Rc58
The movie is a Hindi remake of a famous, landmark Telugu movie Sankarabharanam. That had an absolutely brilliant storyline , fantastic acting and a fabulous musical score. K Vishwanath made it in Hindi, where despite all of the basics being in place, it didn’t meet the commercial success it deserved.
The last of the Great Indian Classical Music Gharanas, Pandit Shivshankar Shastri (Girish Karnad), is worried about whom to pass on his musical legacy to, the movie is about a search that a devoted great musical mind and genius who has achieved proximity to divinity through his devotion to find his protégé! Through his life time devotion to the field he has come to the very close proximity of the Adiyogi, Paramshiva, the embodiment of music, in the theological sense, the one who gave Humanity the primeval sound and rhythm (taal). He finds his protégé of all the places in the form of the son of a danseuse (Jayaprada), who has always adored his music from the very beginning. The boy who has acted the role in the Telugu original was a tad more convincing, although the child in the Hindi version is good, too.
This song is unique in many ways. On screen, it is the wonderful dance by Jayaprada, one very pretty and good actress who unfortunately gave up acting due to her political aspirations, in the middle of nature that makes it spectacular, but more important is the wonderful singing by the two brothers, Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra, who on their home turf overshadow Lata Mangeshkar. No mean task this, but definitely that’s my take. Lata didi otherwise stands taller than anyone else in the world of Bollywood music. It allows the family song with the magic of music where a mother dances to the song of her son. This is probably the best classical song of Bollywood in Raag Bhoopali, and as with everything classical, the more you hear it, the more it becomes a part of your own self. The music was scored by Laxmikant Pyarelal (not a mean feat to match up to the brilliant score of the Telugu original) and its lyrics were written by Vasant Dev, who in the modern times is the best lyricist for this genre of songs.
Both movies are worth watching, I personally liked the Telugu original more despite not understanding the language at all.
Have a wonderful Sunday, folks. I will go back to the necessary evil of “civilization”. Stay safe, stay healthy and happy.