Today’s song: Chudiyan khanak gaye (The bangles tingled)

22 March, 2017

A gem from the ‘90s, this iconic duet of Lata Mangeshkar and celebrated Rajasthani singer-actor Ila Arun belongs to Yash Chopra’s ‘Lamhe’ (1991). Lyrics by Anand Bakshi and composed by Shiv-Hari a.k.a. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the Rajasthani folk is a beautiful ballad about the eternal pain of separation and waiting, narrated with the regional references like barren lands, scarce rains and screams of peahen (morni) at night tearing apart the thirsty heart of desert. Choreographed by Master Saroj Khan and brilliantly performed on-screen by Shridevi along with Ila Arun (in a guest appearance as the banjaran or nomadic singer), this piece invokes every bit of those emotions and sense of beauty that the classic musical world of Bollywood stands for: melodies deep-rooted within traditional Indian music but connected to the contemporary, and dance moves expressed with color, passion and aesthetics from the heart of India.

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