Indian Classical Music

Bhupendra Singh: Underrated Singer

Singer Bhupendra Singh has not got what he deserves as a singer. He has sung some very beautiful and difficult songs like “Dil doonta hai”, “Ye var ho ya shaap ho” from Koundra, “do deewane shahar mein”. He is trained in the classical Indian music by his strict father. He was working in Doordarshan where the great music director Madan Mohan spotted him. He gave him the breakĀ  in the company of greats Rafi And Manna Dey from Haqeequat “hoke mazboor” composed. Besides he is the ace guitarist. His list as a guitarist for film songs runs long “Chura liya”… Read More »Bhupendra Singh: Underrated Singer

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

In Mahabharata, the longest epic, there were five brothers who were jointly called Pandavas. They represented the quintessential goodness and were the main players in the epic pitted against the Kauravas whose eldest brother Duryodhana hated them intensely and it was family feud which ended in the elimination of so many glorious persons. Each of five brothers has some unique quality. Bhimsen is said to have immense power and strength. Any person possessing the extraordinary strength is compared to Bhim. Then in India was a classical singer who was not only Bhimsen by name and but by his genius also.… Read More »Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Tana and Riri, Tansen and Akbar

Tansen was one of the Nine Ratna’s (9 Gems or extraordinarily talented) of Moghul King Akbar the great. He was a great musician with complete his mastery over Indian classical music. He is said to have created fire by singing the Raag Deepak (Lamp). His body was filled with heat and burning and he was in great pain due to the heat generated. He tried so many cures but there was no respite from this burning and suffering. Akbar distressed, suggested that the maestro go back to his home at Gwalior for some time and recuperate there. He went to… Read More »Tana and Riri, Tansen and Akbar