What’s behind this great song?

  • Music composition by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar
  • Voice by Asha Bhosale
  • Ghazal poetry (lyrics) by Suresh Bhat
  • Flute played by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya

A marathi ghazal that I listen to at night, sometimes on repeat 😉
This song is meant to be heard after sunset – is what I feel, but this is not a rule.

Meaning of the song

Suresh Bhat has written this poem which is more like ghazal. He describes the situation in poem where a husband is a little disappointed with his wife and he purposely tries to ignore her and doesn’t talk to her. His wife doesn’t know what happened. She then tries to persuade him and asks him to talk to her.

Before this meaning and context was cleared by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar in a reality show, there were some other interpretations of this song. Some people were thinking it as a death song, where wife asks her husband to wake up, who is already buried in a shroud. (Scary thought!)

In this video, you will know that the actual meaning of this song is different. (Saregamapa Marathi singing show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXrwDBiUyOM

Music composition

The song starts with a flute which is very nice tune, played by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya. The flute played by him was his own flute pieces in the song. You can hear this flute and it’s variations at 2-3 places which sounds so nice and blends with the song really nicely.

There are 4 stanzas in song, almost all are different in tune and it shows that Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar has given music to the “Words”. First one “Ajunahi vijhalya na gagani” and Last one “Usalati hrudayaat mazhya” are similar in tune, but they have nice meaning.

Singing

Many singers tried to sing this song, but the original song which was sung by Asha Bhosale (Elder sister of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar) is outstanding.

Asha once said that it’s very difficult song to sing since it has very low note as well as very high note. The higher note can be heard in 3rd stanza! In the live concerts, Asha Bhosale gets “once more” for that.

I have heard many versions of this song. Putting the list of songs from the Original to the recent one which is sung by Shankar Mahadevan.

Various versions of Tarun ahe ratra ajuni

#1 Asha Bhosale (Original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpig8qy9ASs

#2 Padmaja Phenani

#3 Saregamapa singing show (1997)

Sonu nigam as host. Sung by contestant Sanjeev Ramabhadran.

#4 Arati Ankalikar with Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Live show)

#5 Shankar Mahadevan

Watch the making of 2nd version of this song, created by composer himself Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

#6 Neha  Rajpal

http://gaana.com/song/tarun-aahe-ratra-ajuni-nehha-rajpal

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