March 24th, 2015

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Magic In Tunes: 03/23/2015 – Shaheed Diwas / Martyr’s Day

India celebrates several days as Martyr’s Day honoring those who sacrificed their life for the greater good of the nation. One of those days is Mar 23rd, death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. Growing up we got to read thru our history lessons about different freedom fighters who had fought for the freedom of India from British Rule, both at regional and at national level. Of all them I favor for Alluri Seetharamaraju from the state of Andhra Pradesh (old united one); the region I come from; and Bhagat Singh from Punjab the most. Ofcourse I am not discounting the rest, for without them there wouldn’t be a free India. So, here’s a song dedicated to the most influential revolutionary of the Indian Independence Movement pictured on my favorite actor too. There have been several movies made on this legend though.

From the 2002 hit historical biographical Hindi film “The Legend of Bhagat Singh”. Music was composed by legendery A. R. Rahman and Lyrics penned by Sameer. “Mera Rang De Basanti Chola” Sung by Sonu Nigam and Manmohan Waris. This song is pictured right before Bhagat Singh and his three mates are hung. The cheery way they go to the gallows is enough for anyone to become Bhagat Singh or Sukhdev Thapar or Shuvaram Rajguru. Althogh depicted by actors, I am sure that is what happened in reality and added power to the people in the real fight.


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And I cant stop posting the other two favorites from the movie. “Desh Mere Desh Mere Meri Jaan Hai Tu” Sung by A. R. Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh. This song has become an iconic national song now.


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Finally this one that shows the initial revolutionary trends of Bhagat Singh. “Pagdi Sambal Jatta Pagdi Sambal” Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Ian Davies.


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Magic In Tunes: 03/24/2015 – Cham Cham Jaani Raatein Yeh Sitaron Waale Haath

As a kid I grew up in a home where everyone could play the game of Carroms very well (except yours truly), so well that they did go for championships in their respective schools, colleges and offices. I always wondered how a film would fare if it was made on a game of Carroms. True to my thoughts, in 2010 producer Chandan Arora made a film titled “Striker” that revolved around the game of Carroms and how it twists and twines with the life of the lead actor living in the Bombay low income areas. This was the first Indian movie that was released simultaneously in theathers and on youtube on the same day. Perhaps that’s why this movie grossed profits surprisingly.

Storyline was average and music was composed, written and sung by various artistes. Well, that’s the reason why I felt, what can I say. There’s a proverb in Telugu “Tinaga Tinaga Vemu Tiyyanundu” meaning “Even a neem fruit will taste sweeter if you eat it every day”. Such was the music, at first it didn’t hit a note in me but as I listened to it for a few times, I kind of liked some of the songs in fact appreciated one very much than the others.

“Cham Cham Jani Raatein Ye Sitaron Wale Hath” Sung by Sonu Nigam, Music composed by Shailendra Barve and Lyrics penned by Jeetendra Joshi. The whole song is composed in the form of a Qawwali with intermittent claps adding a charming rhythm. It also has a little Sufi touch enhancing the romance.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi / Sufi:

Jannaton Ke Dar Khule Kuch Baashinde They Chale
Le Aaye Woh Nanhi Jaan Us Khuda Ka Ek Payaam
Tab Se Tu Hai Jahaan Mein Ban Ke Raunak Yahan Ki Meri Jaan
Khwahishon Se Bhi Aage Jo Khushi Ka Mile Woh Armaan

Rare Rare Raaa Durururu Ra… Rattatarara… Rattatatrara… Rirerarara..

Cham Cham Jaani Raatein Yeh Sitaron Waale Hath
Bheeni Bheeni Khushbhoo Jaise Teri Meethi Baat
Ujla Ujla Sa Yeh Tan, Jaise Mehka Ho Chandan
Baahon Mein Teri Guzare, Mera Yeh Saara Jeevan
Teri Ada Mein Masoomiyat Hai, Phir Bhi Hai Shokhi Rangeeniyat Hai
Taaron Se Bhar Doon Main Aanchal Tera
Rab Se Bhi Pyara Hai Chehra Tera, Chehra Tera, Chehra Tera

Rare Rare Raaa Durururu Ra… Rattatarara… Rattatatrara… Rirerarara..

Phool Hothon Pe Khile Chand Aankhon Mein Mile
Phool Hothon Pe Khile Chand Aankhon Aankhon Mein Mile
Bikhre Moti Subah Ki Jaise Kirane Teri Ye Muskaan
Noor Barse Nazar Se Noori Tujh Mein Basi Hai Meri Jaan
Noor Barse Nazar Se Noori Tujh Mein Basi Hai Meri Jaan
Teri Dhanak Ki Pyasi Nazar Hai, Deewanagi Yeh Tera Asar Hai
Teri Dhanak Ki Pyasi Nazar Hai, Deewanagi Yeh Tera Asar Hai
Roohane Rangon Ka Yeh Aanchal Tera
Sapno Ki Raaton Ka Yeh Baadal Mera, Baadal Mera, Baadal Mera

Rare Rare Raaa Durururu Ra… Rattatarara… Rattatatrara… Rirerarara..

Dheere Dheere Sar Chadha, Tera Jaadu Aage Badha
Dheere Dheere Sar Chadha, Tera Jaadu Jaadu Aage Badha
Hua Khud Se Juda Main Phir Bhi Tujhpe Fida Main Meri Jaan
Ishq Le Le Tu Le Le Le Le, Le Le Tu Mera Imtihaan
Ishq Le Le Tu Le Le Le Le, Le Le Tu Mera Imtihaan
Soone Safar Ki Tu Sohbat Hai, Bakhshi Khuda Ne Yeh Milkiyat Hai
Aaja Saja De Gori Aangan Mera, Jaise Sajaya Tune Lamha Mera, Lamha Mera, Lamha Mera

Rare Rare Raaa Durururu Ra… Rattatarara… Rattatatrara… Rirerarara..

Meaning for a few words:

Baashinde = Residents
Payaam = Message
Raunak = Brightness
Bheeni = Moist
Shokhi Rangineeyat = Vivid and Colorful
Noor = Light
Dhanak = Rainbow
Sohbat = Company
Milkiyat = Possession