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FILM SONGS IN RAG MEGH MALHAR

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Megh Malhar

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*Barasorey
  • Film - Tansen
  • Year - 1942
  • Rag - Megh Malhar
  • Tal - Tintal
  • Music Director(s) - Khemchand Prakash
  • Singer(s) - Khurshid
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*Dukha Bhare Din Bite Re Bhaiya
*Kaare Kaare Badra, Suni Suni Ratiya
*Lapak Jhapak
  • Film - Boot Polish
  • Year - 1954
  • Rag - Megh Malhar
  • Tal - Tintal
  • Music Director(s) - Shankar / Jaikishan
  • Singer(s) - Manna Dey
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  • Comments - There has been considerable confusion about this song and what rag to ascribe it to.  According to Manna Day's recollection of this recording, this song is based upon Malhar.  Although his own published recollections should settle the matter, they don't.  The first problem is that Manna Dey simply referred to it as "Malhar", and ignores the fact that Malhar is not a single rag, but a class of related rags (e.g. Megh Malhar, Mian ki Malhar).  One should be able to listen to the piece and tell which Malhar it is.  Unfortunately this too is a problem, because the Shankar / Jaikishan team just did not quite get it right.  Due either to ignorance, carelessness, or rebelliousness, they twisted the rag and threw in so much unrelated stuff that it became unrecognisable.  This has caused various people to ascribe this song to Basant, Darbari Kanada, Adana Malhar, Mian ki Malhar, and a host of other rags.  I do not claim to have the final answer, but the theme of the song suggests that the composers intent was Megh Malhar.  Therefore, that is the way we are classifying this song here.  However do not use this song as a guide to understanding the nature of Megh Malhar.
*Tan Ranga Lo Ji Aaj Man Ranga Lo Baraso Re

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