Here comes the rain raag again!
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It’s that time of year when the cool monsoon winds sweep out the burning air, the clouds gather ominously overhead and the first fat drops of rain wash away the dust and fatigue of a long hot summer. Yes, the monsoon is almost here and even as heavy bursts of cyclone-induced rain spells freshen the steamy atmosphere – even though briefly – everyone breathes in huge gusts of moisture-laden, reviving freshness.

Rain has been an inspiration for many a song, in cinema and on the concert stage, with numbers based on the Raag Malhar and its variations, all associated with rain. As long ago as 1943, in Tansen, starring KL Saigal in the title role and Khursheed Bano as Tani, the fire that Tansen ignited with his rendition of Diya jalaao in raag Deepak was put out by Barso re in Megh Malhar, sung by Tani. Other well-known songs with a base in raag Malhar include Bole re papiharaa from Guddi (1971), Deem tadare dani from Thakshak (1999) and Badal khumad bad aaye from Saaz (1997).

So as you wait for those showers that herald the start of the monsoon season, listen to some old favourites that celebrate the rain in all its moods…

Song: Baraso re
Movie:Tansen (1943)
Singer: Khursheed Bano
Music: Khemchand Prakash.
Lyrics: Pandit Indra

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Song : Bhay bhanjana vandana sun hamaari
Movie : Basant Bahaar(1956)
Singer:  Manna Dey
Music: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyricist : Shailendra

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Song : Lapak Jhapak Tu Aa Re Badarwa
Movie : Boot Polish (1953)
Singers: Manna Dey
Music : Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics : Hasrat Jaipuri

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Song : Ghanana Ghanana Ghana Garjo Re
Movie : Baiju Bawra (1952)
Music : Naushad
Singers: Ustad Amir Khan
Lyrics : Shakeel Badayuni

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Song: Bole Re Papihara
Movie: Guddi (1971)
Music: Naushad
Singers: Vani Jayaram
Lyrics: Gulzar

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Song: Dheem Ta Dare
Movie: Thakshak (1999)
Music: A.R.Rahman
Singer: Surjo Bhattacharya
Lyrics: Mehboob

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Song: Baadal Ghumad Aaye
Film: Saaz (1997)
Singer: Devaki Pandit
Music Director: Zakir Hussain, Bhupen Hazarika, Raj Kamal, Yashwant Dev
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

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Song: Kahan se aaye badra
Movie: Chashme baddoor (1981)
Singers: K.J. Yesudas & Haimanti Shukla
Music: Raj Kamal
Lyrics:  Indu Jain

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