Monday, 16 December 2013

Come Home, with Pancham

Photo by Hengki Koentjoro

Sometimes a song just stays with you, lingers on, in your memory, in your thought...perhaps for no particular reason, perhaps for some reason that you may not be fully aware of, or perhaps simply because it does! 

This is just such a song for me today. 

Based on Raag Malgunji, one of the earliest compositions by legendary composer of modern Hindi film music, Rahul Dev Burman, this song from a 1961 film is indeed such a classic number, a song you want to listen to again and again, no matter how many times you have heard it before. Perhaps this is the real mark of a great composition, I suppose.

The singer is pleading her beloved to come home. The sky is overcast with clouds, the sad and lonely heart gets scared every time the lightning strikes, the tip-tip sound of the raindrops makes it even harder to bear the separation....what a poetic description of longing penned by Shailendra, and set to such soulful music by Pancham (R. D. Burman). Which lover of old Hindi film music wouldn't fall in love with it, all over again? 

And oh, maybe I have finally figured out why this song has so captured my heart today...but that is for my next post...or maybe not. Right now, I just want to enjoy this song...with a hope that you will too!

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