It is a gross exaggeration to say that Vani staked a claim to
topple Lata or Asha with Bole re papihara. One song cannot
topple two unparalleled geniuses like Lata and Asha. And why
didn't Vani become singer #1 in the South -- it was P Susheela all
the way and then Janaki. Face the fact -- even I love Vani's Tamil,
Telugu and Kannada songs but almost all her songs in all North
Indian languages are very accented. That's where she lost. And Vani
is great -- but comparing her to Lata or Asha is bad.
That's like comparing A R Rahman to Ilaiyaraja. ARR is a great person but IR -- oh no, he is just far better -- like Lata and Asha far surpass Vani in all respects of singing. So I feel this 'joke' that they played unfair politics is indiscrete.
(Read interview with Vani Jairam)
'Lagaan' is a
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designing the costumes).
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What's the right tune?
believe that the Gayatri Mantra has to be sung in its traditional
classical Vedic glory. But it has been my struggle to find an audio
tape or even a WAV file somewhere so that I can download and recite
it. Can I get some help in locating a WAV file or an MP3 file of the
Gayatri Mantra sung in its classical Vedic style? I would really
appreciate that so much.
Recite it in five parts
The Gayatri Mantra is not to be recited in public.
That means when one is
chanting it none should hear it. That is
why in the upanayanam (thread ceremony) during Brahmopadesam (i.e.
when the boy is introduced to Gayathri Mantra by the Guru) he
is covered with a silk cloth so that none else hears it.
And Brahmopadesam forms the core of the Upanayanam
There is no tune in which it is supposed to be
recited. Only that it has to
be recited in five parts as
4. Bargo Devasya dimahi
5. Dhiyo Yo naha
How each of these words are pronounced you
can find it on the Net easily -- about which letter is to be given a
higher pitch, which lower and so on.
Though there are some
cassettes available of the Gayatri Mantra, they do not have any
religious approval or validity.
R V Subrahmaniam
let me introduce myself as Prasad K Sundar, a rasika interested
in classical music and a Dikshitar fan to say the least. I read
much interest your interview of Fariduddin Dagar.
his interview, Mr Dagar says that Dikshitar was a Dhrupad singer. I
would like to know where he got this information from and if he
throw some more light in this
Just one song
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My mom loves the new CD by Pankaj Udhas called Janeman
and she wants me to get the lyrics to all the songs. I am
wondering if you would be able to help me by emailing me the lyrics
you so much. Email to email@example.com
More for the word hunter
I am ardent fan of this site:http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~navin/india/songs/
It has a lovely and exhaustive collection of
Hindi songs sorted out in different fashions, no frills. A must for all Hindi film music lovers... check it
I am sure you will enjoy
(This follows a recent
exchange of letters where reader Dastagir discovered
the words for a song thanks to a newsgroup. --
that's an older site...
That's an older site. A
new site with many more songs was launched on NBCi.
Unfortunately, NBCi went down and has only just been
resurrected. The lyrics site will eventually be loaded
there. In the meantime, one can
look up just the ASCII text
of song lyrics at the homepage site given below. The following
is an excerpt from a message on RMIM by Vijay Kumar who maintains
Let me refer you to the ISB
page at http://homepage.mac.com/itrans
only does that give you thousands of more lyrics files to play
with, it also might give you some ideas on the kind of
interfaces you can build. Now that NBCi appears to be back online
(all the ISB files are
lost, however. I need to reload the entire
site. I am hoping I can do that
with a new release), we will
then have three alternatives for ISB,
Avinash' with Devnagari
support and NBCi and homepage.com with ASCII only
The Zip files containing the ISB lyrics are
available on the ISB site (click
on the link to Zip files). I am
not sure what is the input format you use to
Devnagari display on your site. ISB is intended to be
ITRANS 4.0 compliant and achieves that objective in
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