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Friday, May 25, 2007

Barse Badariya - Meera Bhajan - My composition rendered by Swati Kanitkar

Song : Barse Badariya
Singer : Swati Kanitkar
Lyrics: Meera Bhajans
Composition : Murali Venkatraman
Special Thanks : Sanjeev Ramabhadran




It has been almost 5 yrs or even more..since I have known Swati Kanitkar (Kaushiji). The very first tamil song I composed on Krishna - "thendrale en kaNNananai" was inpired by her voice in yahoo chat, although the ragas or scales of thendrale and the song which 'inspired' it were completely different. In fact I do not even remember the song which supposedly inspired it. So I guess it was just her voice.

After some initial dabbliing with tamil songs, I decided to compose a meera bhajan and this is what I did:

(1) Did a search in internet for meera bhajan lyrics
(2) Picked up the first one I saw
(3) And composed the tune.

In this process I deliberately avoided listening to or knowing about how meera bhajans had been composed earlier. I composed two songs like this - Barse Badariya and Aisee laagi lagan - only to come to know later that they had already been tuned by some great composers too. Barse was composed by Hridayanath Mangeshkar and has also other versions in raga Megh and ragamalika whereas the song aisee laagi lagan had been immortalized by Anup Jalota.

No wonder when I started composing my first hindi song, I wanted Swati to grace it.
And grace it she did, with unmatched elan that I had seen none doing earlier. The song was originally conceived with two voices - Sanjeev Ramabhadran and Swati Kanitkar - in mind, but later I wanted a vocals only version given my impoverished graduate life and lack of musical equipment. And what you hear is the version that Swati infused life into. Special thanks to Sanjeev for participating in discussions pertinent to this song.

And this was composed 5 or 6 years ago and is one of the many songs (another one is alankruta )that I have lost patience with since I am never going to get to orchestrate these. Please let me and Swati know how you all like it.