Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Darbari Kanada
Raag Darbari Songs
Best Songs in Raag Darbari Kanada
Raag Darbari Kanada stands out among all the ragas of Hindustani classical music due to its unique characteristics of almost electrifying energy and great depth of passionate emotion. It suggests something that is not ordinary, it has to be something serious, ..... maybe even more important than life and death .... something like love that is being dragged away from you !!
It has been used more often than not to express the lack of harmony and the disturbance within, in a way that is almost tangential to the essence of Raag Yaman Kalyan which can bring harmony even to the disturbing emotions. However, for great composers, it is also possible to use the same Raag Darbari Kanada by moulding it to denote passion in a positive emotion.
Here are the ten all time best songs of Bollywood, composed using Raag Darbari Kanada as the base. These songs are the best, not because they were very popular or because they followed the rules of the raag with great purity. These are the best because of what they are for the people who listen to them... for the human emotions they are able to convey .... for their greatness in communicating something that is human.
By conveying feelings that are not otherwise easily communicated ... even by poetry or music ...they create a senstivity that binds our society together !
movie: SEEMA (1955)
Tu pyar ka sagar hai .....
Mannade was always a favourite when it came to singing songs based on classical music. This number is an explanation why it was so. Though this number is not in a pure classical mould, it is the ability of the singer to bring out the best of the underlying classical raga - the Raag Darbari Kanada, without compromising with the popular character of the number. The music of this very impressive number was composed by Shankar Jaikishan, while the lyrics are written by Shailendra.
movie: AAP KI PARCHHAIYAN (1964)
Agar mujhse mohabbat hai .....
This number is literally a reflection of the musical genius of Madan Mohan, who has converted the character of Raag Darbari Kanada into a soft melodious piece of harmonious melody - a character that would be expected to be almost align to its highly emotional nature. There is a depth in the emotions expressed in this number, which comes from the underlying character of the raag. Like always, Lata Mangeshkar is almost at her best with a Madan Mohan composition, and the lyrics of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan add a lot of flavour to their work.
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movie: MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1959)
Mohabbat ki jhooti kahani ......
If you want to know why Raag Darbari Kanada is one of the best available musical options for expressing extreme emotions, this number can provide you with an answer. It is not loud, it is not full of words and it is not depending on any extreme visual aid to express itself. Yet, the song, very effectively rendered by Lata Mangeshkar brings out the soul wrenching sorrow depicted by this song. The composition is typical of Naushad - soft and melodious, yet the use of Raag Darbari brings about the desired result. The lyrics of Shakeel Badayuni are a tribute to his genius.
movie: EK SAPERA EK LUTERA (1965)
Hum tum se juda hoke ......
Raag Darbari Kanada is the perfect raag for expressing highly disturbing emotions. Mohammad Rafi is one singer in the history of Bollywood, who could act with his voice, with great versatility and an extraordinary ability to express emotions through his singing. When the two came together with a perfect match, the result was this number, one of the greatest in its genre, and one of the best ever among Rafi songs. The musical composition of this masterpiece was by Usha Khanna, while the lyrics were written by Asad Bhopali.
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movie: ANPADH (1962)
Aap ki nazron ne samjha ....
Another great number reflecting the greatness of its composer, Madan Mohan, the singing genius of Lata Mangeshkar and the perfection with which they complimented each other to create some great numbers. Madan Mohan is one of the few composers who liked to use Raag Darbari to express positive harmonious emotions, and we must thank him for that. The lyrics of this number were written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.
movie: DO BADAN (1966)
Raha gardishon me hardam ....
An almost effortless song from Mohammad Rafi, composed by Ravi with lyrics written by Shakeel Badayuni. The number captures the loss being expressed, largely through the prowess of the underlying raag with very little need for histrionics from the singer or the composer. The slow pace of the song further adds to the negative effect and conveys the emotional depression beautifully without compromising its melodious character.
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movie: RAILWAY PLATFORM (1955)
Bast basti parbat parbat ....
Another masterpiece in Raag Darbari Kanada from the stable of the master of this raag, Madan Mohan. Its two parts exemplify the prowess of the composer and his ability to use the same raag with subtle variations to great effect in expressing varying emotions. The versatility of Mohamad Rafi plays a great role in realising the conceptualising of the composer to perfection. The lyrics were written by Sahir Ludianwi.
movie: MADHUMATI (1958)
Toote huye khwabon ne ....
Salil Chaudary is probably underrated as a music composer of Bollywood. The man who composed music for ANAND (1970) should have been given greater credit by the critics. This song is another example of his extraordinary musical creativity, where he uses the intensity of Raag Darbari Kanada with a soft and slow rythm to convey sorrow in a way that touches your heart. The great singing abilities of Mohammad Rafi and the impressive lyrics of Shailendra make it a great song.
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movie: AWAARA (1952)
Hum tujh se mohabbat kar ke sanam ....
The trio of Mukesh as singer, Shankar Jaikishan as music composer and Shailendra as lyricist was one of the most effective and highly celebrated combination that worked with Raj Kapoor. This number is typical of their creations, though it is one of the few resorted to in Raag Darbari Kanada. The frustrations and internal conflicts of the proganist are beautifully depicted in this number that remains a great piece of melodious music, in spite of the negative emotions, thanks to the Raag in which it is composed.
movie: PURNIMA (1965)
Tumhe zindagi ke ujaale mubarak ....
The voice of Mukesh was probably the best suited when it came to singing tragic songs. In this great number, composed by Kalyanji Anandji based on Raag Darbari Kanada, the combination of the voice and the Raag make for a wonderful creation that conveys strong emotions, the sorrow wthin and the human suffering by way of a great melodious piece of musical creation. The lyrics of Gulzar are impressive.
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