Thursday, January 29, 2009

Leavin on a Jet Plane...

...don't know when I'll be back again. I leave for India tomorrow. Have been looking forward to this day for a while now! Countless wonderful memories associated with my stay in the US. Maybe I should dedicate a blog just for them :).

I have been wanting to sing Kesariya Balma from "Lekin" for a while now but never had the confidence to post it here! And honestly, the recording sounded quite awful when I first tried singing it. Then I discovered that hearing a super pitchy song of yourself can work wonders on the frequency and duration of your practice sessions ha ha. So I kept singing this song, so much so that even my husband could sort of sing the alaap in the first antara just listening to me sing it over and over and over. I don't even want to think how irritated my neighbors are with me (good thing we are leaving). Coming to the song. It is in Maand based on the Rajasthani folk song Kesariya Balma, padharo mharo des. The lyrics for the song in "Lekin" are written by Gulzar and the music is by Hridayanath Mangeshkar. He is a wonderful composer and thanks to my friends I have been introduced to his beautiful compositions in Marathi. And of course who else but Lata ji could sing something so complicated with so much ease. Her voice just flows in this song. Here is my first attempt at singing this beautiful song (in the public domain that is). Do listen when you have time and do not hesitate to provide constructive criticism (that too works wonders on the practice sessions ha ha). This blog may not be very active in the next month or two, but I will definitely resume practising, singing and listening once I am all settled. Thanks for all the support :).

Song: Kesariya Balma ; Movie: Lekin

Kesariya Balma (Lekin) | Upload MusicDownload here

27 comments:

Smitha said...

Lovely! I am glad u attempted this one before leaving. Will keep listening to it until ur next post :-) Will call u sometime today. Will miss u :-(

Paras said...

Beautiful!... very authentic "Rajasthani style" you sang in. Lovely aalaps. Liked it very much. Your best so far...
What in the world do you mean by "...don't know when I'll be back again." :(

Smitha said...

I second Paras on that...this indeed is your best so far!

bloggingmommy said...

Extrmely well sung, Nandita. I agree with others..you've outdone yourself! Have a good flight back home. And do keep posting!

Photographer Pappu!!! said...

Beuatifullllly sung Nandita. Doesnt matter where you are, just keep posting :)
BTW, I third Paras :) this is ur best one so far.

Deblina M. said...

Awesome !! Loved it !

Mad Max said...

great song choice and excellent rendition nandita...very very nice...wish u all the best on the new start...do continue posting ur work here...

Murali Venkatraman said...

Came on Anup's recommendation (Mad Max). Was well worth it. Very nice rendition ! some more certainty may help in places like the mini aalaap at 2:39

N V Krishnan said...

Wow...Just loved it. I really liked your rendition. You were very good in those alaaps as well..

N V K

Soumitra said...

This is a very tough song and you have done well. More practise would further enhance it :) Keep singing :)

Nandita said...

Thank you all for listening and commenting.

Smitha: Thanks for both the comments. Am really happy you liked it. Will miss you too. Thanks to the internet we can continue our chat sessions/music discussions.

Paras: Thanks for your generous comments. Am so happy you liked it. Yes, have moved for good. But will be in touch through the blog world.

Pooja: Thanks a lot. Glad you liked my attempt. btw.. had a good flight home :).

Pravin: Thanks a lot for the constant encouragement. Will definitely keep this blog active once I am all settled.

Deblina: Thanks a lot. Am really happy that you loved it.

Anup: Thanks for your nice comments. Really appreciate it. Also, thanks for the good wishes. I really need it!!

Murali: Thanks for visiting my blog and listening. I am glad you felt it was worth your time :). And you are 100% correct about me being hesitant with the mini alaap. I was getting it sort-of right only about 80% of the time so was super conscious while recording. But yes, I am motivated to practise more so that I can sing it with confidence and ease (still a long way to go...)

Krishnan Sir: Thank you so much for your nice comments. Am really glad you liked it.

Soumitra: Thanks a lot for listening and commenting. Yes, practise would definitely enhance it. I wanted to post this before I left hence left it as is.

Azam Khan said...

Nandita, very nice modulations! Really liked your singing of this song. A little bit more involvement in the song, in terms of emotions, would have done even more wonders! Good work!

Pritesh said...

Wow ... you definately have talent. So I suppose you didn't need the CD I gave you then. ;) Keep singing. It sounds great!

--Pritesh

Nandita said...

Azam: Am glad you liked the modulations and singing :). Will work on the expressions.

Pritesh: Thanks for commenting. Am glad you liked my singing. How can I not need your CD!!! I just love listening to music :).

Abha said...

Nandita,

Very beautifully sung.....

Vidyu said...

Awesome work! Not easy dealing with those murkhis keeping the style.. :) loved it! :)

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Nandita said...

Abha: Thanks a lot.

Vidyu: Thanks for your generous comments. Glad you loved it :)

J.P. ji: Thanks for visiting my blog. Am not online that often. These links were extremely helpful for me when I started audio blogging.

http://jocalling.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-do-audio-blogging-or-music.html

http://swara.blogspot.com/2008/07/tutorial-recording-your-voice-along.html

Pradip Somasundaran said...

Beautiful rendition Nandita. Am the last one here ...but hope to be listening to u again soon....

Vidyu said...

time for updates :)

Nandita said...

Pradip ji: Thank you so much for commenting. Means a lot.

Vidyu: Will update blog as soon as throat starts cooperating (hopefully soon :))

ligne said...

oye you have sung this really really well :)
you should start posting soon..

Nandita said...

Thanks ligne ji. Yes hope to start posting soon (maybe this week :)).

प्रसन्न वदन चतुर्वेदी said...

नन्दिता जी,
बेहद उम्दा गायकी.....वाह..वाह....आप के सुरों ने मन मोह लिया..
बेहद खूबसूरती से आप ने लता जी के इस गीत को गाया है।आप को बहुत बहुत बधाई।सबसे ज्यादा इस बात की खुशी हुई की ब्लाग पर हर तरह के लोग हैं और गीत-संगीत के जानकार भी।पुनः बधाई....
if u do not know hindi..i want to say..
you sing well....mindblowing.....

Nandita said...

Chaturvedi ji: Bahut shukriya. Am really happy you enjoyed this song.

placid78 said...

Thanks for singing 'Kesariya Balma', its my all-time favorite, just mind-freshner.
About your recording, I really felt that you sung this song well, especially the aalap and the finer aspects of the song came very well. However I feel that the karaoke was not that compatible to your voice quality. The karaoke track seemed quite dull to me. In fact, you should have recorded without any karaoke, that would have sounded cool.
Thanks!!!

Nandita M said...

Thanks Rahul. Glad you liked it. I don't think I have enough courage to post Kesariya without karaoke :). Maybe I will try that after some more practise sessions.