Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sangeet sarita. Vividh Bharati clips

Shubha Mudgal On Rakhi / Janmashtami


Sangeet sarita program on Vividh Bharati.Shubha Mudgal discusses the Braj poetry (in पद ) associated with different Rakhi and Janmashtami traditions. And sings them too.





And a really 'bhule-bisre geet'. A great 'sharaabi' song. Bhagwan dada + C. Ramachandra = magic



Friday, July 10, 2015

Gulshan Bawra reminiscences with Kamal Sharma

Bollywood rare - II


Excerpts from Gulshan Bawra's talk with Kamal Sharma from Vividh Bharati archives. Aired on 11/07/2015, 10.30 PM. Bawra sahab was a lyricist of yesteryear and also acted in a few films in minor roles.

He recalls his days in pre-partition India, while also playing some rather rare vintage songs in this talk





And this is one of his penned song, where he makes an appearance too :

Chandi ki deewar na todi ( Vishwas - 1969 ). Mukesh, Gulshan Bawra, Kalyanji Anandji





Thursday, July 2, 2015

300 Ramayans or 3000 !

Some excerpt from A K Ramanujan's wonderful essay exploring the genre or gene-pool of Ramayan stories


Ahilya and Indra's story : Valmiki's colourful version and Kamban's sedate one

Meta-ness of Ramayans

Global journey of Ramayan genre

Jain Ramayan - Paumcharita

Jain Ramayan is almost without any of the 'fantastical' elements, very different telling

Jain Ramayan's rationalizations

Variation of themes across multiple Ramayans

The multiple Ramas, the multiple Ramayans : an example


Ramakien - Thai Ramayan was influenced mostly by South Indian Ramayans 

Wordplay on 'Sita' : different birth stories in Sanskrit and Telugu

And the whole essay, which is full of such amazing insights, is a rather short part of a larger published collection of A K Ramanujan's essays, can be read at :


After reading this, one can only pity the asinine, revisionist re-tellings of Ramayan by the Amar Chitra Katha and Ramanad Sagar's TV Series, which robbed the epics of all their colourful diversity and complexity. In hindsight, those sanitized versions might have even provided a fillip to the Hindutva movement, at least the Ramjanmabhoomi episode, which really stemmed out of a complete lack of any understanding or connect with the epics. Needless to say, Hindutva political movement thrives on the disconnect of people from their own stories!