Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Reverse Causality: An Oriya Song in Raga Gaud Malhar


This weekend we had a concert at Indiana University's Leo Dowling International Center to celebrate Composer's Day. Many talented students performed at the concert. I was scheduled to sing three songs, including one of my own compositions. But then I just performed onea song that I had learnt from my mom as a kid. I did not sing more because of being too sick with allergic sinusitis. However, it was a pleasure to sing with the talented Shankar Brothers who played the Mridangam and Gattaam for the song.
The song that I sing is based on Raag Gaud Malhara Monsoon raaa. According to legend, the power of the raag is such that musical maestros could bring in rain by singing this raag. It was also raining when I sang this song. But of course, it was reverse causality in play there. I didn't cause the rain; I just sang a song in Raag Gaud Malhar to fit the mood of rain. That's all we amateur musicians can hope to achieve.

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  1. THANKS !!THIS POST REMINDED ME EVEN I SANG ONCE!!!!MY FRESHER'S PARTY INSIDE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, SECUNDERABAD

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    1. Never stop singing. As they say, "Gana aaye ya na aaye, gana chahiye."

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