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Kabira

Kaisee teri khudgarzee
Na dhoop chune na chhaanv
Kaisee teri khudgarzee
Kisi thaur tike na paanv

How’s this selfishness of yours,
that you don’t take the sun, nor take the shade..
How’s this selfishness of yours,
that your feet don’t stay anywhere..

Ban liyaa apnaa paighambar
Tar liyaa tu saat samandar
Phir bhee sookhaa mann ke andar
Kyoon reh gaya

You’ve tried being your own god,
and crossed all seven seas,
Still, there is a draught within your heart,
Why is it so..

Re Kabeera maan jaa
Re Fakeera maan jaa
Aa jaa tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan
Re Kabira maan jaa
Re Fakeera maan jaa
Kaisa tu hai nirmohee kaisaa harjaaiyaa

O Kabira, listen to me..
O saint, believe me..
Come, your shadows call you [back]..
O Kabira, listen to me..
O saintly one, believe me..
What a loveless and ruthless person you are..

[Nirmohee is someone who doesn’t have any love nor hatred, for anyone or anything. Someone who is neutral to the world and its happenings.]

Tooti chaarpaai wo hi
Thandi purvaai rastaa dekhe
Doodhon ki malaayi wohi
Mitti ki suraahee rastaa dekhe..

That broken cot,
that cool breeze from the east, awaits you..
That milk cream
and the earthen pot of cold water await you..

[Suraahee is an earthen pot with a long neck and keeps water cool.]

Kaisi teri khudgarzi
Lab namak rame naa misree
Kaisi teri khudgarzi
Tujhe preet purani bisri..
Mast Maula, mast Kalandar
Tu hawa kaa ek bavandar
Bujh ke yoon andar hi andar
Kyun reh gaya..

How’s this selfishness of yours,
Neither salt nor sugar fit on your tongue..
How’s this selfishness of yours,
that you have forgot old love..
O free man, free spirit,
you’re a storm of wind..
then why have you ended
within yourself only..

Re Kabira maan jaa
Re Faqeera maan jaa
Aa jaa tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan
Re Kabeera maan jaa
Re Fakeera maan jaa
Kaisa tu hai nirmohi kaisa harjaiyaa…

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Because the way to my heart, is thru my ears.

Let the east meet the west, let the north and south mate. Let them all find each other and create more great music. Lets create an orgy of musical pleasure. It has all finally happened.

Most of these tracks are refined and fresh, something like none other. Artists are using their own expertise and giving the audience a much needed wosh of fresh air. Specialize and collaborate, let music be about the instruments and not just men and women dancing around trees talking about the same old feelings. This is not easy music, this can’t even be classified, memorized, or even mimicked, it will get to you in different ways at different times. This is truly great music. Thus is any great piece of art.

India is a land of many people, languages, and a lot of different music gharanas within one genre and then some. Haven trained in hindustani classical music as a kid, I cannot even begin to phanthom the type of stuff that would have come out of those music classes had we been exposed to all the sounds of India. Gangs of Wassepur’s Hunter was one of the songs where the chutney and the bihari folk’s fusion really shone thru, not only the movie saw a sequel and much appreciation from the critiques, but the songs also officially marked a new turn in music. A birth of sorts.

MTV’s Coke Studio has done all of us a huge favor. We really have done ourself a huge favor by bridging the communication gap and letting different people from different backgrounds fuse and make great music. Now we have it all, we have sufi with bihari, hindustani with kanad.

I think this one is powerful sounds.

The reason I love “kattey” is but obvious, it is a collaboration of the outlaws, two people who would have never meet and made music, just did. Your head will explode. The music composer retains the essence of both of these women. THIS.IS.SPLENDID

(yes, I did save the best for the last)
Yes, I have been rocking back and forward
Yes, there is a concert in my ears

and why yes, I almost cried when I heard verse 2 of Hard Kaur’s Rap

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this is a random post, I need to uplift myself so I am listening to the sleepy giant over and over again, Natalie Merchant’s voice is soothing but ofcourse! so what is new? rejection, failure, oh what a year! I try not to get disheartened, and keep reminding myself that maybe good isn’t working out, because great will. But I don’t know, why there is no sight to that too. I am getting out of this god damned place in another semester or so, with no notion of what the future is going to hold for me. Everyone else seems to be doing fine, excuse me? what do I believe in now…

here’s natalie merchant and her fineness,

its beautiful and quiet admirable how this woman is filling music into these dead poems, and giving the poets a voice they deserved. She is indeed a fine example of how nothing stops you from achieving greatness and such. I first got introduced to her while browsing TED.com, impressive how she treads that stage almost like a stag. Her warm voice is almost a gently flowing honey.

Still discovering,

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