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Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhupali
Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhupali
Raag Bhupali in Bollywood: Ten Best Songs
Raga Bhupali is one of the more popular classical ragas of Hindustani Classical in Bollywood music, next only to Raga 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.
Raga Bhupali or Bhopali is characterized 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 separates them from other musical ragas. As the better numbers composed on this raga depict, this raga 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 based on Raga Bhupali- numbers that are not too classical, yet count among the greatest because of their melody as well as their ability to convey the human feelings and emotions, in a way that can touch the heart of the audience. Great pieces of music .... based on a raga that reflects the centuries old tradition of Indian music !
These ten songs are not listed in any particular order or rank, and we would like know which one do you consider the best among them, so do not forget to mark your choice in the POLL at the end of this Hub. Also feel free to add your COMMENTS about any other great song that you would like to see in this list.
#1: From the movie ARADHANA (1969), sung by Lata Mangeshkar
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 and attachment towards her growing son. 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. It comes from a movie that is often considered a milestone in the history of Bollywood, by heralding a new set of superstars in acting in the arena of music. A great number and a great example of how melodious Raga Bhupali can be in the hands of masters.
#2: From the movie: AMRAPALI (1966)
Neel gagan ki chhaon mein...
This great number is one of the best ever song dance sequences of Bollywood, pictured on Vyjayanthimala, renowned for her dancing talents. 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 Raga 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 favorites 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 legendary status in Bollywood music.
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#3: From the movie: SILSILA (1981), sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
Dekha ek khwab to ye silsile huye ....
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 raga, and it reverberates with positive energies and hope! This melodious number with beautiful visuals was composed in Raga 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.
#4: From the movie: SEHRA (1963), sung by Lata mangeshkar
Pankh hote to ud jaati re.....
This number has almost everything that one needs to create melody. Composed in Raga Bhupali, by Ramlal, one of the lesser known composers 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 raga to create this song. Listen to it with closed eyes to feel the heights of sky and get absorbed in it to fly with the birds .... amidst the clouds of musical imagination!
Great lyrics too....by Hasrat Jaipuri.
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#5: From the movie: DHUND (1972), sung by Mahendra Kapoor
Sansar ki har shay ka itna hi fasana hai ....
This is certainly 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 raga in a way that is rarely achieved.The greatest characteristic of this number is the string of emotions that it expresses with a kind of philosophical stagnation, that one experiencing while reviewing a life gone by!
This exceptional piece in Raga Bhupali was composed by Ravi and sung by Mahendra Kapoor, probably his best classical based rendition, while the lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianwi.
#6: From the movie: DIL-E-NADAN (1953), sung by Talat Mehmood
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 !
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#7: From the movie: GUMRAH (1963), sung by Mahendra Kapoor
Aa bhi jaa, aa bhi jaa ....
Another masterpiece created by the duo of Ravi (music composer) and Mahendra Kapoor (singer) in Raga Bhupali. This is a typical Bollywood number, yet derives a lot of its melody and charm from the sweetness of the underlying raga on which it is based. As one can make out, it was an experimental use of echoing the sounds to suit the sentiments being expressed, which stands out at the end highlighting the creativity of the composer. The lyrics of Sahir Ludhianwi do full justice to the situation and the message being conveyed.
#8: From the movie: ZIDDI (1997), sung by Hariharan & Chitra
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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