My “now” song: Kangna in Raga Malkauns

Do you ever have a song, an idea, a storyline, or an image stuck in your head? And it just refuses to go away? For some time at least? I have this with music—it could be a song, an instrumental piece, a jingle, etc. This becomes my ‘now’ song, and the “nowness”  (pardon my English here) could be for any length of time.

My now song is “Kangna” by Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad. Do watch the video and listen to the song before you read the rest of the post.

One of my colleagues, AS, is an amateur musician. Thanks to him, I get to listen to a wide range of music and though not all the genres are unfamiliar, some of the artistes definitely are, like this one.

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad are brothers and qawwali singers from Pakistan and this short 16-minute piece in Raga Malkauns is mind-blowing, particularly the first 4 minutes. I have always found Raga Malkauns to be sombre and serious, but this rendering was so different—mischievous and light-hearted. I also like the way some Farsi lines have been woven with the traditional brajbhasha lyrics. And I am amazed how Fareed Ayaz is able to sing with a mouth full of paan !

I like this song so much that I am listening to this song even as I type out this post.  Thanks, AS, for recommending this song :-)

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19 thoughts on “My “now” song: Kangna in Raga Malkauns

  1. This was a great way to start a dreary Monday morning. I thoroughly enjoyed Raag Malkauns – one of my more pasandida ragas, this one. Thanks

    • Welcome here, Subhorup, and thank you for stopping by and commenting. The Pakistan Coke Studio is fantastic in terms of range and quality and I have’discovered’ some absolute gems by Meesha Shafi, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Arif Lohar. Do check out their music-its mind-blowing.

  2. i thought its mtv coke studio (even they have produced some exceptional fusions).

    loved this one. brilliant. copied the video url :D

    • I love this piece as well as so many other performances at Pakistan Coke Studio. Try Meesha Shafi and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan and Arif Lohar. I think you’ll like them :-)

  3. Pingback: My “now” song: Dasht-e-Tanhai | My Favourite Things

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