Monday, April 30, 2007

Sangam Playlist for 30 April, 2007

Here is the playlist for today's (Monday, 30 April, 2007) Sangam program.

Of particular note is a commemoration of Asad Amanat Ali Khan via a set of music; he died of heart failure earlier this month. Also, note the three-piece set centered on percussion; and near the end of the program, FunDaMental with Electro G followed by some electro-qawwali.

The archived audiostream for the program will be available shortly after the program at this link:

Of course, you can also listen live, on the air (90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul) or via the live audiostream ( from 00:30-02:30 UTC, 01 May, 2007. Call me on the studio line at 612-341-0980 during this time.

(Edited, 01 May, 2007)

Track TitleArtistAlbum
Jaan-e-baharanSaleem RazaJaan-E-Baharan
Mera babu chail chabilaRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila
Tujhe adam nahin miltaAsad Amanat Ali KhanGems of Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Abhi kaliion mein chatakAsad Amanat Ali KhanThe Golden Collection, Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Chhupaye dil meinAsad Amanat Ali KhanGems of Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Doob gai sab yaadenAsad Amanat Ali KhanThe Golden Collection, Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Kabhi hum bhi khoobsooratNayyara NoorBest of Best of Ghazals
*Bad track* DhaaraNaseebo LaiOST Hits
Tere binShehzad RoyBuri Baat Hai
Dil haraFaakhirSub Tun Sohniyeh
Thora thora pyarFariha PervezPassion
Dil ruba hoonNaghmana JaffryPersonal Compilation, 10 October
Dil rubaFaakhirSub Tun Sohniyeh
Jhoom barabar jhoomMunni BegumBest of Best of Ghazals
A quality of sevenZakir HusainMasters of Percussion
One of our dholaks is missingTransglobal UndergroundYes Boss Food Corner
*Not played* ScullyTransglobal UndergroundPsychic Karaoke
Electro GFunDaMental
Sweet Pain RemixJoiStar Rise
BelovedTemple of Sound & Rizwan Muazzam QawwalPeople's Colony No. 1
Mustt musttBrooklyn Qawwali PartyBrooklyn Qawwali Party

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Asad Amanat Ali Passes Away

Asad Amanat Ali died of heart failure in London earlier this week; he was 55 years old. He had gone to London for treatment of his heart condition after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier in Lahore. His body was flown to Lahore where the namaz-e-janazaa was held at his home in Karim Park on Ravi Road The burial took place in the Mominpura graveyard.

Asad Amanat Ali, a classical musician of the Patiala gharana, was the son of the late Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and the elder brother of Shafqat Amanat Ali – lead singer for the band Fuzon.
Asad Amanat Ali belonged to a family of several generations of musicians. His great-grandfather Ali Bux Khan started the Patiala gharana and his grandfather Akhtar Hussain was also a prominent musician. His father and uncle, Amanat Ali Khan and Fateh Ali Khan were renowned musicians and used to perform together. The duo performances were sadly ended by Amanat Ali’s demise in 1974. Asad Amanat Ali himself also performed in partnership with his other uncle Hamid Ali Khan.

Asad Amanat Ali had received the President’s award for Pride for Performance just a couple of weeks before his death.

I have played pieces by Asad Amanat Ali on my Sangam programs and will do so again on my next show on April 30th. One of his songs “Diyar-e-yaar gaya” which I played on the show last year has deep emotional significance for me. I find it heartbreaking to listen to that piece and don’t feel that I could play it again any time soon but I’ll play some of Asad Amanat Ali’s other music. May he rest in peace.

Listen to Asad Amanat Ali perform a classical music piece, taan and tarana in malkauns, here.

And a recording from his younger days, a ghazal: “Kal chaudhveen ki raat thi”.

Here Asad talks a little bit about his musical heritage before performing “Piyaar nahin hey sur sey jis ko”.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

The real, not-quite Namesake

Why do we seem to be stuck on The Namesake? This must end. :-P

However, it seems like some elements of the novel may have a loose autobiographical connection. The Gogol/Nikhil character is similar to someone that Lahiri knew in real life. I will let you read ennis' post (complete with picture!) about this at Sepia Mutiny. I gotta move on.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Music in The Namesake

I had mentioned in an earlier post and on my Sangam program that Nitin Sawhney composed the music for "The Namesake". Well, I went to the theatre this evening and saw that movie. I must say that the music did not live up to my expectations.

It was all right but not as good as I was expecting from Sawhney. In part, my disappointment is a consequence of his recycling of existing pieces. I recognized three previously published tracks, one of which is not even his own! That piece is Flight IC 408 by the State of Bengal. The two other pieces are Sawhney compositions. One is, I think, Falling and I can't place the name of the other one (I'd have to listen to the soundtrack again) but I have definitely heard both pieces before. I wouldn't be surprised if the song by the boatman in the scene about scattering ashes in the Ganges is an earlier composition too - it sounded a bit like a segment from The Immigrant but I could be wrong.

Oh, well. The man does produce terrific music, don't know if the film had a limited budget which precluded original composition.

Sangam playlist and audio file for the 02 April, 2007 program

Here is the playlist for the 02 April, 2007, Sangam program.

And, hurrah! Audio archives are back at KFAI. So you can listen to the archived audio file (Real media) for this program right here (till 16 April, 2007).

Get your heart pumping with the dance section and analyze artistic interpretation by listening to two versions each of "Yaar di Gharoli" and "Bulla Ki Jana".

The latter pair occasioned quite some discussion in the blogistan comparing the merits of Junoon and Rabbi Shergill in their renditions. Junoon actually have at least two slightly differing versions of that piece (Bulleya) ; I am not sure which version was being discussed by the critics. I prefer their somewhat slower-paced version and that is the one I played; personally I think they did a good job.

Enjoy the show!

By the way, I played an Abrar track and Sabizak has a post on Abrar's music and latest album that you may find worthwhile to read.

Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Kya hua dil pe sitamZubaida KhanumBest of Zubaida Khanum1
Is des main phir na aaoon gaMasood RanaMer Dil Ki Hai Awaz
Best of the Best of Masood Rana
Tujhe apne dil se mainAhmed RushdiYaaden3
Aksar shab-e-tanhai mainReshmanThe Legend Reshman13
Meri daastaan-e-hasratUstad Amanat AliWhispering Memories
Ustad Amanat Ali Khan
Jaane kis tarhaNajman AkhtarQareeb2
Dil us sanam koFariha PervaizUmrao Jan Ada5
Dum PidaJoshilaBombay Bhangra Club15
Chak de phatteyKailash KherUK Bhangra, Volume #71
KuriyanAbrar-ul HaqMain Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga4
NachnaRabi PirzadaMujhay Ishq Hai3
Maula (Bhangra-Hydrate
Vocal Mix)
Ustand Sultan Khan
Ralphi Rosario
Rare Elements6
Mahi Yaar di ghadoliAbida ParveenMahi Yaar Di Ghadoli Bhardi1
GharoliAarohPersonal Compilation1
Bulla ki janaRabbi ShergillBulla Ki Jana1
Bulleya JunoonParvaaz10
Let the music playShamurShamur1
Evury dayBohemiaPersonal Compilation2
RaptureNadia AliPersonal Compilation7
The riverNitin SawhneyHuman1
Janay aurStrebenPersonal Compilation11
Shake ur bodyEvolutionShake Your Body1