Friday, January 10, 2014

Swarocean- Mori Araj Suno

If I wanted to beg for something from God, I would play this song. If I wanted to rebuke Him for not listening to my pleas, I will play this song. And if I wanted to understand Him and reconcile with my fate, I will still play this song.  And if perchance I was an atheist, surely this song would have convinced me to be otherwise.

This is the Coke Studio version of the song sung by Tina Sani and produced by Rohail Hyatt. Do listen to it once. 

What makes the song even more poignant is that it was written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz sometime around 1977-1984 when he was exiled by the fundamentalist military dictator General Zia-Ul-Haq. So, the words are still very much relevant and ring true. 

I have no musical education whatsoever and am thus deaf to ragas and when I first listened to it, there were no subtitles. So I was left with massive holes between my understandings of words. But the composition still seeped to my bones and has been there ever since. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

(Recently I have put some posts on Quora blog Swarocean  which I am going to henceforth cross-post here. The blog is about songs which are not very well known but are rare accomplishments in their own rights. Unheard tunes, in different languages, but each make a sound which kick up a familiar feeling somewhere. That the world emanates from you.  That feeling of अहं ब्रह्मास्मिMusic, indeed knows no boundaries.  But close your eyes and feel that the music makes you limitless as well.)