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Passing the buck!

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Happy Spring everyone!!

Spring brings with it beautiful colorful flowers, new leaves on bare trees, birds,  butterflies and a brightness to life. It is a reminder of the constant creations that is happening around us.

As far as Spring and music go, music is very much in the air in the form of chirping birds to dancing trees to swaying leaves.

Our Spring very much started with our two little busy bees and this song we learned…It is a rare Purandara Dasara kriti taught to me by my father which I have taught my kids…passing the buck from one generation to the next. 🙂

Presenting Baruvaga Yenu Tandi performed at a recent Purandara Dasara program. Hope you enjoy!

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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!

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

 

 

 

 

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! 😊

Aaj Jaane Ki Zid

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I heard this classic ghazal piece in the 90’s in a movie called Monsoon Wedding and fell in love with this tune instantly. It has been in the back of my mind ever since. It’s not until recently that I took it upon myself to learn it to its entirety. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and singing this piece. Originally sung by the wonderful artist, Farida Khanum, it has been adapted and sung by various artists over the years. I have learned from each and every artist that I have listened to while learning this song. This is my humble attempt and tribute to all the greats! Thank you for creating and putting such beautiful music out there for people to sink into. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

 

A Small Wish

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I want to start this year with one of my favorites from the 90’s…Dil Hi Chotta Sa, Chotti Si Asha…I love the playful innocence imbibed in this song. This song is composed by the musical genius, A.R. Rahman. His music just touches my heart and speaks to the soul.

I truly believe happiness and beauty is in the little things. The smallest things in the world makes me happy like truly connecting with someone, the ever changing colors and shades of the sky, laughing over the silliest things, listening to good music, not to mention singing…so yeah this song totally suits my style! With that presenting to you, Dil Hi Chotta Sa. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Wishing you much love and happiness in 2017!