Friday, January 20, 2012

Humbling SINDHU BHAIRAVI

Music does weird things to you. One of 'those' is, it can make you cry for 'absolutely' no reason. It is not to be confused with, 'happy for no reason' tears. I am talking about the tears that you would find rolling down your cheeks in the most ridiculous situations such as having a crazy/naughty time with friends at a discotheque. YES. That is what SINDHU BHAIRAVI does to your senses. If you let 'her' in your life, you will have to show the exit door to 'arrogance'.

She humbles you and makes you realise how much ever you succeed in life, 'you shall ever be at the mercy of her charm' in the most graceful and assertive way that, you would quickly surrender to her as if hypnotised.

 AAROHANAM (ascending swarams) : S R2 G2 M1 G2 P D1 N2 S

AVAROHANAM (descending swarams) :  S N2 D1 P M1 G2 R1 S


The variations in Sindhu Bhairavi explored by Charulatha Mani

As much as ,SINDHU BHAIRAVI can be confused with ragam Thodi, she can be easily identified if lent a patient ear. Though R2 and R1 appear to give a character to the ragam, you can feel 'her' only when the swarams come together in a certain pattern. One of them is  N2 S G2 M1 P D2 P that sparks up the fire. The other pattern that purely belongs to her is N2 S R2 M1 R1 S (it ascends meticulously to M1 and descends mellifluously to S). The journey from M1 to R1 and lingering on to R1 for a few seconds is all it takes to make one rise from the highest of thrones and by the time it culminates in S, you would end up in prostration before her.

Plentiful facets and superlative renditions of SINDHU BHAIRAVI exist in Indian and Middle East music. Its popularly known as 'Bhairavi' in Hindustani music (not be confused with carnatic Bhairavi). As Shrimathi Charulatha Mani clarifies, it is not an Indian born ragam. Its adapted from the Middle-east and was popularised in Hindustani music.


 Some famous cine songs:   Maargazhi thingal allava, naanoru sindhu kaavadichindu, Jiya Jale / Nenjinile nenjinile (hindi and tamil versions respectively), Mile sur mera tumhara, Phir mile sur mera tumhara, Sapnon se bhare naina, Chingari koi badke

Everytime I experience her, I let her play with my emotions. I let her hit every nook and corner of my body and mind for hours and finally merge one with my soul. She calms my mind. She abates my anger and restlessness. She absorbs all my negative vibes until there is nothing negative left to emit. She makes me turn into a new leaf. She makes me re-think and re-live.
The day I embraced SINDHU BHAIRAVI, I knew I had changed for the better.  I forgive my enemies. I confront them. I apologise to them. I accept them. And I wait for the day when they too would acknowledge her and be humbled by her ethereal form.

MORAL: The best way to be your better self  is by submitting yourself to her in 'every sense'. SINDHU BHAIRAVI shall 'eternally' become your positive half.

P.S: If you boast of being a 'tough nut to crack', then let me tell you. She has the power to make even a stone emote.


10 comments:

  1. u r making me fall in sindhu bhairavi all over again

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  2. Hi Akila! I am sure you are aware that Sindhubhairavi is probably the only raga in Carnatic that uses all the 12 notes in various combinations and permutations.. I absolutely agree with you on the magic of Sindhubhairavi, but then good music always has that effect on you.. Please check out this Bhajan of mine ( 25yrs ago.. :))

    http://ishare.rediff.com/music/hindi-devotional-krishna-bhajan/myto-giridhar-ke-ghar-javoo/10033148

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    1. Mam! I did check out your rendition! It was Lovely! Thanks for the share!

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  3. Waaahhhh :) You are so well learnt :D I liked the music....Thanks a bunch for this...The thing is, I listen to music when someone suggests, thus am open to trying new kind of music...

    Cheers girl <3

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    1. I cant be more proud of myself Chintan! :) I really hope you enjoy more of this mellifluous wonder!

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  4. Hey for me too music is my life and cant stay without it. Really very happy to follow ur blog

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    1. Thanks Adi :) Hope you relate to my posts! :)

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  5. How did I land here? From Joshi's blog. When I saw you three blogs, I took time to see the flavors of all three blogs, (will take time to comment on them 'coz it needs serious thought). Why did I do it. I was captivated by the first line you wrote, about music making you cry, I wondered whether I am an exception. I am huge fan of Hindustani music, (though I have never learnt to appreciate carnatic music) and many a time I have almost lot control of myself, wondered why music moves me so much. Nice to see I am not an exception. By the way I did enjoy this sindu bharavi, this was marvelous. Also your take on Jhuki jhuki se nazar. (on sound cloud)..it was indeed very exceptionally good , a difficult song.

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    1. Its brilliant to know that you find a common link about music making us cry! I am an ardent admirer of Hindustani music too. But I have not exposed myself to it enough to write or comment about it. I am really touched by your gesture of going through all my blogs and even listening to my rendition of "Jhuki Jhuki si nazar" :) Thanks much Sudhir sir! COntinue visiting my blogs to find some refreshing posts :)

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