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Seeing God in Music – 1

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent.”

– Victor Hugo (French novelist and poet, famous for Les Miserables, considered as one of the greatest novels of the 19th century)

Year – 1953

Place – Mumbai (Recording of songs for the film Baiju Bawra)

Each of them looked at the other; they didn’t want to take credit for the song. Mohammad Rafi had just sung a glorification of Hindu God Krishna that was composed by Naushad Ali. Even the lyricist Shakeel Badayuni was present at the studio during recording of this song, and the three were not only good friends but devout Muslims as well. They felt humbled at the impact the song had on all others present, including Mr. Laloo who had become the cause of interest at the studio.

The song ‘Man tarpat hari darshan ko aaj’ (My mind is hankering to see Krishna) composed in Raga Malkauns had caused Laloo, an otherwise sober gentleman to cry in ecstasy. He felt uncontrollable emotions of love for God surge in his heart as he shed torrents of tears, much to his own embarrassment. At that point of time he didn’t realize what he was doing; the song had propelled him to another dimension of reality. While he cried, others knew it was the song, and particularly the singer, Rafi who was responsible for the effect!

To be continued…

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