Tuluvere Gowji

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This was a fun little project that happened this weekend…it being my very first time singing a Tulu song, it was a little challenging getting the words down right but I enjoyed the process of it. What was even more fun was having my kiddos be part of it. I thank my father for having played the flute for me. Flute is not his primary instrument. Violin is. Flute is something he picked up while studying at IIT Delhi. My grand parents didn’t allow him to take his violin to college as they were afraid he would not focus on his academics and would only be playing his violin. He fixed that little hurdle by buying a flute while at college. Where there is a will…..! 😊And that’s how he picked up playing flute on his own.

Hope you enjoy our little tuluvere weekend venture!

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Jagadhodharana

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Jagadhodharana Aadisidalu Yeshoda is a beautiful and a very famous composition in Kapi Raga by Purandara Dasa. Kapi raga, also known as Rag Pilu in Hindustani music, is a gorgeous melody that fills your heart with compassion and devotion. That is the essence of Kapi raga.

In Carnatic music, Kapi raga is known to be derived by the 22nd Melakarta raga, Karaharapriya. Typically the melodic scale or the arohanam (ascending scale) goes: S R2 M1 P N3 S and Avarohanam (descending scale) goes: S N2 D2 N2 P M1 G2 R2 S. This raga is a bhashanga raga, meaning in addition to the notes in the given scale, it can also have D1 or G3 to add to the beauty of the raga.

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New Year, New Day!

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Happy 2018!!!

Wishing my SoulFam a very happy, bright and a blessed 2018! I thank you for all the love and encouragement in my musical journey!!

This year starts out with a song to Lord Shiva that I sung recently at a Saraswati Pooja. It is in Raga Madhyamavati set to Adi tala, and is a composition in Kannada by Purandara Dasa.

I hope you enjoy…lots of love and best wishes for the New Year! #soulfam #soulfulchirps

Love and Cheers, Archana

 

 

 

 

Jiya Re

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Happy Navaratri everyone!

Navaratri is a beautiful Indian festival to honor and celebrate the divine female energy in all her manifestations and forms. The beauty of this festival is it is nine days of celebrating women essentially. Wish everyone the strength to make the journey within and to get to know, love and embrace all of you in all your heartaches and glory for that is truly the journey we all are on.

My latest project has been a special one and will remain near and dear to me always since it is my very first project with my daughter, Siri. We were listening to this track, Jiya Re, on our way back from school one day and Siri got really excited by it and said, we should sing this song together. First, I was delighted. I loved her enthusiasm and her idea. What followed was fear and doubt of doing something I had never done before. I got overwhelmed by how I was going to bring this creative idea of hers to life. The only way I managed through my fears was by diving right into it. Thus began our Jiya Re journey. Somehow little by little and after many do’s and re-do’s, things started to shape up. Hope you like our little venture!

Courage. Determination. Perseverance. 

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Challenges are part of life. Some big, some small nevertheless, we come across them every day. My latest project, Yeh Honsla, is very much aligned in this thought space.

It is a song that I had been humming for quite some time now. It is a beautiful melody from the movie Dor. The original music is flawless in every sense by music composers and directors, Salim-Sulaiman. I also loved the creative interpretation by Aakash Gandhi and Jonita Gandhi team. The lyrics to this song is so meaningful and applies to facing life’s tough terrain.

Courage. Determination. Perseverance. To me, that’s the essence of this song.

Incidentally, it so happened I watched a movie recently, Hidden Figures. I was blown away by it. It put a whole new perspective on life’s challenges, overcoming them by rising above it, and coming out stronger. This song, Yeh Honsla fit the spirit of the movie Hidden Figures perfectly, with the pulse of both being extremely uplifting and inspiring.

Hope you enjoy! 😊

No bounds or barriers

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Music knows no language, and has no bounds or barriers. It is a form of expression. It has the ability to move you, to take you away. It connects you to an experience, an emotion, other people. You can solely connect through sounds with not even knowing someone. That’s what I love about music or any other art form for that matter, it’s the connecting factor.

To me, this was one of those special songs that I could connect to. A beautiful song from the movie Kadal. Music by the amazing, A.R. Rahman. I really enjoyed singing this piece. The orchestra in this song is splendid. With that, I give to you Nenjukulle…

Gilehriyaan

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I had fun singing this melody from the recent movie Dangal. It has a light hearted and fun feel to the song. The lyrics is very poetic. It is about a girl who has moved to a big city away from her family for the first time. It expresses her playfulness, her innocence of the unknown, her excitement of experiencing life in all its crazy flavors.

Presenting Gilehriyaan…hope you enjoy! 🙂