Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Malhar : Invocation to the Rain God

The Raga, Malhar is a powerful legendary Raga in Indian classical music. Raga Malhar is associated with the atmosphere of torrential rains. There are many written accounts and legendary tales about Raga Malhar. According to the legend, Raga Malhar is so powerful that when sung, rain starts falling from the sky. Many great artists of the medieval, and much earlier period used to sing this Raga to invoke the Rain God. Tansen, Baiju Bawra, Mahanvilas Kanh (son of Tansen) and Meera are among the singers, who are said to have been capable of invoking rains, by singing various forms of Raga Malhar.

Amir Khan - Ramdasi Malhar :  (Download)

Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan - Megh Malhar :  (Download)

Raining in Bangalore :

Rashid Khan - Miyan Ki Malhar :  (Download)

Shujaat Khan - Gour Malhar (Sings as he plays the Sitar) :  (Download)

.. more Songs of the Monsoon »

With certain parts of North and Central India reeling under intense heat and the monsoon still eluding the people living there, the Malhars posted above may bring some soothing, if not cooling, effect.


vinith said...

just great....a lover of raga amrutha varshini...raag malhar is a great combination of the swaras..cools mind!!

Bindumalini said...

Malhar! extoling the exquisity of Nature and inwroughted intuition of lousciousness and beauty of rain!

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