Saturday, February 09, 2008

Saavan rut aayi

Piya Basanti was a non filmi album by Ustad Sultan Khan and Chitra that released some years back. The title track became quite a hit and as far as I know, was the only song that was shown on TV. (Probably the other songs didn't even get filmed) Curious, I bought the album only to discover that the title track was nothing at all- compared to this other song called Saavan rut aayi. An outstanding composition in my opinion and amazingly rendered by Chitra. Beautiful use of instruments, lovely imagery through the lyrics and last but not the least, wonderful choice of raga (Shuddha Saarang, sorta equivalent to Hamsanadam in the Carnatic school).
This album was a dedication by the composer Sandesh Shandilya to his guru Ustad Sultan Khan. In addition to vocals, Sultan Khan has of course played the Saarangi in most of the songs.
A song that won my heart on the very first listening. Here's my attempt. Unfortunately, could not find a karaoke track.

Song: Saavan rut aayi
Album: Piya Basanti
Music: Sandesh Shandilya
Singers: K.S.Chitra, Ustad Sultan Khan
Lyrics: Rakesh Nirala

Download here.

Thanks in advance for leaving your comments!