Raga Darbari Kanada has very often been described as the King of all Ragas and also, the Raga of the Kings. Here listen to a very famous Khayal 'Anokha Ladla' sung by various artists at different times and also in different styles. Some say it is a song on Lord Ram's childhood, 'anokha ladla khelan ko mange chanda' as in the Ramayana. The song was immortalised when Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan presented it in his own inimitable style. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was the renaissance man of hindustani classical music. He was one of the few artists who among themselves saw the transition of classical music from the courts of the kings to the common man.
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan : (Download)
Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan : (Download)
Vilayat Khan (Sings as he plays the Sitar) : (Download)
Balqees Khanum (Semi Classical) : (Download)
Shahida Minni (Semi Classical) : (Download)
Tina Sani (Semi Classical) : (Download)
It is interesting and almost amusing to note how artists have improvised upon the song according to the need and occasion without allowing the basic raga structure to go haywire.
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