Singer : Mohammad rafi, Lyricist : Anand Bakshi, Music Director : Laxmikant Pyarelal, Movie : Gora Aur Kala (1972)
Flute used for notations : A#
This song includes all the ‘Vikrit Swars’, e.g., komal re, ga, dha, ni and Tivr Ma. Therefore, this song appears to be of a raag that generates either from Bhairavi or Todi Thaat. I’m not sure though. A melodious song, but a difficult one if you are not good at playing Komal swars on flute. However, practice can make you perfect.
Singer : Kishore Kumar, Lyrics & Music : Ravindra Jain Movie : Chor Machaye Shor (1974)
Flute used for notations : G#
This song is based on Raag Jhinjhoti. So the use of Komal Nishad (n) is prominent in this song. The difficult part of this song to play on Flute is the sur on the word “Main” that appear in the second part of Sthayi. One needs lot of practice of playing ‘Meend’ to be able to play this part. Also note that the Antaras after the interlude music start at high Sa. It is a difficult song but not an impossible one to play on flute. If I could do it, so can you.
Singer: Kishore Kumar Music Director: Kishore Kumar Lyricist: Shibdas Banerjee Album : Ami Premer Pother Pothik (1989)
Flute used for notation : C#
One of the best Bengali songs composed and sung by Kishore Kumar. Can’t say on which Raag is it based, but its semi-classical mood makes it a treat for the ears. Use of Komal Gandhar (g), Komal Nishad (n) and Komal Dhaiwat (d) is prominent in these notations. Listen to this song a couple of times before playing it on your Bansuri or other instruments.
Singers : Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Lyrics : Anand Bakshi, Music : Rahul Dev Burman Movie : Ajanabee (1974)
Flute used for producing Sargam: C middle
Jotting down the notations for this song taught me one more lesson. That is, not all that looks easy at first, is that easy. Sargam for this song turned out to be tricky. I had started with Shuddh Rishab (R) as the first note and completed the first half of the Sthayi part till “Kaisa Lagta Hai”. It was way back in 2015 when I left this song at here only. After that got busy with other Songs and sort of forgot to complete it. Now in 2020, when I received over a dozen request for this song, I felt embarrassed for uploading this song without completing it. But as they say, “better late than never”, so here I have finally completed this song. Following was the incomplete notation which I wrote earlier:
Bhigi bhigi rato me RS SR R~SR, mithi mithi baaton me, RS SR R~SR, aisi barsato me DN SR SN NS, kaisa lagta hai DS DP SD…
But today, I found that Shuddh Rishab (R) is not the first correct note for this song. Because, when I had to play the next part – “Aisa lagta hai” in continuation with that sargam, I got stuck. Then I took Shuddh Madhyam (M) as the first note and succeeded to complete the Sthyai part, as: Bhigi | bhigi | rato | me = M G(M)G | G M | M G(M)G | G M. But then, again I got stuck at the music part (played on flute) just before the Antara. I was playing that flute part with Ma… as first note, but then moving on to the Antara with Ma was getting difficult (as the start of Sthayi and Antara is same in this song).
Then I played that flute part with Pa.. and moved on to Antara with Pa. And then to keep the sur similar with that of Antara I had to re-write the Sthyai part now, with Pancham (P) instead of Madhyam (M) as the first note. Hence, finally got to the following sargam for this song: