Meena Batish | My Favorite Bhajans (Hindu Devotional Songs)

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My Favorite Bhajans (Hindu Devotional Songs)

by Meena Batish

Hindu devotional songs by Meerabai and Chandan Ram Charan sung beautifully by Meena Batish with tabla, sitar, harmonium, dilruba and violin accompaniment by Shri Ashwin Batish and Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish.
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1. Phagun Ke Din Char Meena Batish
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2. Ali Ri Mere Naina Bana Pari Meena Batish
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3. Hua Main Fida Tujhe Jab Se Suna Meena Batish
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4. Duniyan Ika Pagal Khana Hai Meena Batish
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5. Dukhana Lage More Naina Meena Batish
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6. Heri Maito Darada Divani Meena Batish
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7. Chalo Mana Ganga Jamuna Teer Meena Batish
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8. Hare Krishna Govinda - Instrumental Ashwin Batish and S.D. Batish
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bhajan means musical worship. It is also known in various parts of India as Keertan Sankeertan and Namavaali. India has an enormous variety of devotional songs. Indeed most of the classical compositions have as their literary content, devotional themes. It is in such songs of piety and wisdom that some of the most beautiful music of India lives.

This CD has a rare collection of Bhajans (Hindu devotional songs) written by the famous poetess Meerabai and Shri Chaandan Ram Charan of Patiala who was also the musical guru of Meena's legendary father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish.

Meerabai was a Rajput Princess turned wandering minstrel that became a staunch Krishna devotee (Bhagat). Her love of Krishna became a life long quest. She is believed to have written over 5000 compositions as she traveled to almost every Krishna temple settling for a while in Vrindaban, the holy city of Krishna's birth. She latter moved to Dwarka in Gujarat.

Shri Chandan Ram Charan was a devout worshiper of Krishna. He was a very highly respected composer with a reputation of teaching that brought some of the most acclaimed musicians to his doorstep to learn his compositions. Meena learnt a few of these songs from her father Pt. S.D. Batish and presents them here.

Singing and listening to Bhajans can have a profound effect on you. It can reduce stress and anxiety. By closing one's eyes and meditating on the words and the music one can achieve a sense of calm and a feeling of being centered.

Meena Batish is a very gifted singer and she gets this from her father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish a legendary singer, composer and music director. Her love of music is natural. Since a very young age, she could easily render very difficult songs and taans (fast melodic phrases) while trying to imitate her father and the various singers she heard. Her gift didn't go unnoticed. Her father took keen interest in her abilities and would have her participate in various functions organized by the Batish family. It was not long before she started getting frequent requests to sing at many get togethers and functions in India and abroad. Meena's musical education began at a very young age with Kathak dance. She then went on to study bhajan, ghazal, and geet with her father. She is also very fond of singing filmi songs.

Accompanying Meena on various instruments such as sitar, tabla, harmonium, violin, dilruba, bells, khartal are her father and her brother Shri Ashwin Batish.


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Andrew Woollock

A staple offering
Whilst this is not necessarily outstanding, it is certainly a competent offering of staple bhajans which are spritely, passionately and enthusiastically performed by a very competent performer and accompanying musicians.

The elitists and puritans of Indian Classical Music might want to pick holes in this CD, however, before demonstrating their ignorance, they would do well to consider a few things. Notably, the title of the CD 'bhajans', that is Hindu devotional music - this is not and not meant to be Hindusatani Classicl Music and so if that frame of reference was mistakenly applied an accurate evaluation could and would not be arrived at. So whilst Batish might not have the best voice in the world, she does have more than enough ability to carry these essentially devotional 'pop' songs admirably, and to be honest her lack of range and depth actually adds an immense warmth to the recording, something very reminiscent of much earlier recordings.

All in all a great debut CD that will certainly stand the test of time and add a warm glow to the most diverse of CD collections.

prasad


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