Welcome to my blog! If you enjoy Indian music, especially Carnatic Music, I hope this blog will prove to be of interest to you. The intent of this blog is music appreciation, with a special interest in sahitya or lyrics. I am neither a musician nor a musicologist; this is not an ‘expert’ column. Nor am I specially qualified to be a music critic. I am merely a rasika, and hope that other rasikas like myself will enjoy my ruminations.
My life has always had a background score of music. My parents loved Carnatic music and played it all the time at home. This influenced my taste in music from childhood. Indian film music is of course the most popular form of music; I still love Hindi film music from the sixties and seventies. Growing up in Delhi, I was introduced to Ghazals and Qawwalis at a young age. I am passionately fond of these forms of music too. Though all these musical forms were in my life for a long time, I enjoyed them in a very passive way, with no effort made in understanding them better. It is only since my youngest left home for university some ten years back that I turned a more focused and enquiring mind towards music. Since then, I have become more and more interested in the lyrics and context of music. I am very much into active listening now; I try and place the music in the context of my life. My self-learning has much enhanced my listening pleasure. This blog is my attempt to share this newfound understanding with you.
The lyrics in this blog are well researched using multiple internet sources and aural cross-verifications. Any doubts I have are clearly indicated. Translations in Tamil, Sanskrit and Hindi/Urdu are my own. Translations in other languages are sourced from different dependable sites which I cross reference to ensure that I provide you with the best possible one. However, if you are a student, it is better to consult a book or a teacher.
If you have enjoyed my selections, do write and tell me about your musical experiences. You can leave a comment here or contact me at sujamusic at live dot com.