Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhupali

Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhupali

Ten best songs in Raag Bhupali
Ten best songs in Raag Bhupali

Raag Bhupali in Bollywood: Ten Best Songs

Raag Bhupali is one of the more popular classical raagas of Hindustani Classical in Bollywood music, next only to Raag Bhairavi, Yaman Kalyan and Darbari Kanada. However, when it comes to the melodious compositions, it is second to none, with a wide variety of innovative compositions marking its presence in different genres of Bollywood music.

Raag Bhupali or Bhopali is characterised by its sweetness that brings melody to every number composed in it, and has a distinct taste of classical touch that invariably marks its compositions and seperates them from other musical raagas. As the better numbers composed on this raag depict, this raag allows the great experts to mix even sadness with sweetness.... producing an effect is so mesmerizing that even tragedies begin to look so glamorous .....

Here are the ten best songs of Bollywood - the ones which are not too classical, yet great because of their abiity to convey the human feelings and emotions, and touch the heart of the audience. Great pieces of music .... based on a raag that reflects the centuries old tradition of Indian music !

movie: ARADHANA (1969)

A great song oozing with mother's affection
A great song oozing with mother's affection

Chanda hai tu, mera suraj hai tu ....

One of the many gems of this musical milestone movie, this song can be considered one of the best songs depicting a mother's emotions. This sweet and touching composition in Raag Bhupali was created by S D Burman, a master of using classical music with mass appeal. The voice of Lata Mangeshkar makes it great and the lyrics of Anand Bakhshi are very well suited to the situation, music and the message contained in this number that attempts of convey the feelings and sentiments of a mother for her child. A great number and a great example of Raag Bhupali.

movie: AMRAPALI (1966)

One of the best ever song-dances of Bollywood in Raag Bhupali
One of the best ever song-dances of Bollywood in Raag Bhupali

Neel gagan ki chhaon...

This great number is one of the best ever song dance sequences of Bollywood, picturised on Vyjayanthimala. The various emotions of the Royal Court Dancer, who is awaiting her lover, while being summoned to dance by the King, are excellently depicted in this number, composed in raag Bhupali, by Shankar Jaikishan, one of the best composers of Bollywood. This number has that depth of music that is required to convey the strong but suppressed emotions of the dancer. This number also shows why Bhupali is one of the favourites of those composing music for classical dances of Bollywood. The voice of Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics of Hasrat Jaipuri do full justice to their greatness.

movie: SILSILA (1981)

A great song from the eighties based on Raag Bhupali
A great song from the eighties based on Raag Bhupali

Dekha ek khwab to ye silsile hue ....

SILSILA is one of those few movies where eminent musicians took up the challenge of composing Bollywood music, and their success is there for all to see.This song is one of the most melodious songs in this raag, and it reverberates with positive energies and hope ! This melodious number with beautiful visuals was composed in Raag Bhupali by Shiv Hari (Shiv Kumar Sharma & Hari Prasad Chaurasia). Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar have made it memorable with their top class singing, while the lyrics of Javed Akhtar make it very meaningful.

movie: SEHRA (1963)

One of the most melodious songs of Bollywood
One of the most melodious songs of Bollywood

Pankh hote to ud jaati re.....

This number has almost everything that one needs to create melody. Composed in Raag Bhupali, by Ramlal, one of the lesser known compsers of Bollywood, this song remains one of the all time most melodious numbers of Bollywood till date. The sweetness of Lata Mangeshkar's voice and her extraordinary singing prowess makes an exceptional use of the raag to create this song - listen to it and feel the highs of sky, get absorbed in its and fly with the birds, among the clouds of imagination........ Great lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri as well.

movie: DHUND (1972)

A great classical song based on Raag Bhupali
A great classical song based on Raag Bhupali

Sansar ki har shay ka itna hi fasana hai ....

One of the best ever songs of Bollywood based in Raag Bhupali, it achieves two divergent objectives of creating mass appeal and maintaining the purity of the raag in a way that few numbers could do.The greatest characteristic of this number is the string of emotions that it expresses with a kind of philosophical stagnation, as if reviewing a life gone by ! This exceptional piece in Raag Bhupali was composed by Ravi and sung by Mahendra Kapoor, probably his best classical based rendition, while the lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianwi.

movie: DIL-E-NADAN (1953)

A great song by Talat Mahmood in Raag Bhupali
A great song by Talat Mahmood in Raag Bhupali

Zindagi dene wale sun .....

For most lovers of Bollywood music today, Ghulam Mohammad is only a name on the sidelines. However, this music composer could create gems that are unique and hold their appeal even after half a century. This number, based on Raag Bhupali and with very simple orchestral support is a great example of his genius. Talat Mahmood's voice makes one realise why he is still considered one of the greatest by his fans, and the lyrics of Shakeel Badayuni give it the force and depth that it deserves. The song has a kind of compassion that could have only resulted from the coming together of Raag Bhupali and Talat's voice !

movie: GUMRAH (1963)

A great song by Mohammad Rafi in Raag Bhupali
A great song by Mohammad Rafi in Raag Bhupali

Aa bhi jaa, aa nhi jaa ....

Another masterpiece created by the duo of Ravi (music composer) and Mahendra Kapoor (singer) in Raag Bhupali. This is a typical Bollywood number, yet derives a lot of its melody and charm from the swetness of the underlyign raag on which it is based. As one can make out, it was an experimental use of echoing the sounds to suit the sentiment being expressed, and the creativity of the composer is apparent. The lyrics of Sahir Ludhianwi do full justice to the situation and the message being conveyed.

movie: ZIDDI (1997)

A very popular song in Raag Bhupali
A very popular song in Raag Bhupali

Hum tum se na kuchh kah paye ....

Hariharan is probably the best among contemporary singers, when it comes to singing numbers based on classical raagas, and this song is another example of his great singing mastery. Based on Raag Bhupali, from the late nineties, this number was composed by Sameer Sen and Dilip Sen, indicating an awesome talent that probably did not get fully expressed. An evidence to that untapped creativity and unexpressed potential, this number has a softness that is as difficult to compose and as it is easy to enjoy.The voices of Hariharan and Chitra have the melody and finesse that was required to create this great duet, .... the lyrics of Sameer are just beautiful.

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