April 12th, 2015


Magic In Tunes: 04/09/2015 – Shringaar Rasa; art of love, beauty and attraction

All the talk about different attires, accessories, style and fashion reminded me of this Shringaar Rasa in Indian Culture. Rasa is a fundamental concept in Indian art, music, dance, poetry, literature, cinema and theater that show the emotional state of one’s expression or mood or feeling. (More here). Shringaar is one of the nine Rasas that depict emotions of erotic or romantic love, beauty and attraction. It could be as simple as getting ready to please your love or as complex as displaying it out there for your love to notice. And this is expressed very beautifully by many Lyricists, Poets and Musicians in Hindi films. A few examples below.

Mann Kyun Behka Re Behka from the 1984 Hindi historical drama film Utsav ( = The Festival). This is a rare duet sung by the Mangeshkar Sisters, Lata and Asha. Music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and Lyrics penned by Vasant Dev. Although the movie won three Filmfare Awards, this was a flop. Yet a few songs remain memorable like this one.

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