turns two years old

sab kahaa;N kuchh laalah-o-gul me;N numaayaa;N ho ga))ii;N
;xaak me;N kyaa .suurate;N ho;Ngii kih pinhaa;N ho ga))ii;N

not by any means all! some became manifest in tulip and rose
what faces/aspects there will be, that became hidden in the dust! (Ghalib)

There is not much difference amongst human beings as for the pursuit of entertainment, culture and prosperity. The fools only want it for themselves and impose vanity, machismo, violence and aggression on others out of greed and as a sport, for petty ends, out of utter mindless frustration, and partly define the concepts of stupidity, holy simplicity, and tragedy.

Humanity depends on the realization that everyone has a role to play, or ideally, should have a positive role to play. The role of mere conquerers and hoarders of wealth and value is absolutely negative, and only wins abhorrence of the mindful posterity. Wisdom, art, and similar extensions of a humane conscience are all that survive with attributes of ecstasy. Much and many have passed by unnoticed, undocumented, and unrecorded. The noblest characters of Homer’s epics—Hector being their epitome—trusted the fact that they must live nobly in their day, and possibly live on in their sons or in the songs of the poets. Keeping all the major religions in mind, humanity is often concerned with some degree of permanence, continuity, even immortality in various ways. The soberest and safest interpretation can arguably be that we are all concerned with a certain measure of meaningfulness.

The birthday of this website was set for 28 January, but since it has just been upgraded and updated—from the inspiring open-source WordPress platform to the new artist pages, audio file uploads, etc.—there is no point in withholding the beautiful music for another day. Thanks to all the generous people around, we have collected a few more recordings. It is a perpetual joy to see so many visitors making this site meaningful by sharing music from their collections.

Nampreet Singh Kohli has sent us a DVD full of music and we have uploaded these recordings for now:

Bundu Khan – Chandni Kedara
Allauddin Khan (Esraj) – Ahir Bhairov, Bhairov
Munir Sarhadi (Sarinda) – Bhairavi, Bageshri
Ghulam Hassan Shaggan – Charukeshi, Deshkar

Aftab Datta is tireless as ever with online music sharing from his collection:

Amir Khan – Multani
Mohammad Hussain Sarahang – Bihag
Nissar Hussain Khan – Lailt
Vinayakrao Patwardhan – Lalita Gouri

Murad Ali has kindly permitted us to post his own recording of Raga Rageshri (published by Underscore Records and sent to us by Kamran Nagi).

Rajan Parrikar has kindly shared Bhai Lal Mohammad‘s Tilak Kamod.

Shahid Mirza of Lahore Chitrkar has contributed the following recordings:

Nabi Bakhsh – Chayyanat
Sabri Khan and Kamal Sabri – Marubihag

Saqib Razaq of has kindly contributed Sardar Khan‘s photograph and recording of Raga Multani.


Right-click here to download the signature tune of Radio Pakistan played by Hamid Hussain.

Please let us know if you can send us the All India Radio signature tune.

The All Pakistan Music Conference Annual Festival 2007 will take place in April. Click here for details.

11 thoughts on “ turns two years old

  1. This is a great update! Congratulations! You all have provided a great service for Hindustani music fans all over the world by reintroducing people to so many lost gems! All of the recordings are great, but the Charukeshi by Shaggan is particularly amazing!
    Great job, once again!

  2. Dear webmaster,

    I am going to congratulate you and those hard working people who are behind this wonderful website. Through you guys it has been possible to hear some great music.

    I hope and I wish that your website improves as much as your visitors want it to, and hope to see and hear some unforgettable memories from great masters through music interviews and photos.

    The new collection from Ustad Amir Khan sahib and the great legend Ustad Sarahang were the very best, and it is really appreciated.

    Wishing you the best of luck,

    Ali from Holland

  3. Many congratulations, and a verse of ghalib to summarize:


    And now a question:

    Dear friends,

    Is the song “madhuban mein radhika naache ray” sung by Mohd. Rafi in film Kohinoor based on a raag? I don’t think so becuase it is very liberal to fall in this category. Any views?

  4. “Nazar neh nazar seh mulakat kurli…….rehe dono khamosh, mugar baat kurli”

    Dear all,
    Thank you ever so much for creating and maintaining this website, and amazing effort. God Bless you with future success and happiness.


    Poora Singh

  5. Murad Ali’s Rageshri, Munir Sarhadi’s Bhairavi, and Mohammad Hussain Sarahang’s Bihag are all intensely pleasing.

    Thank you.

  6. I have just sent a recroding of Ust.Kamal Sabri it is Raga Basant accompanied by Ust.Shafat Ahmed Khan on Tabla….

  7. Hi,

    I have been searching for the ALL INDIA RADIO signature tune as well. I have been out of India for the last several years, and the signature tune brings back lots of reminescent moments. If possible, can you let me know if this can be published.

    Humbly yours,

  8. Taimur,

    Kesarbai Kerkar is missing in the collection. Please put her Malkauns in the vocals section as that is the best Malkauns ever sung.


  9. adaab sarkar i am a israj player just shifted in mumbai i just saying you please watch my israj video in you tube . just arshad israj you 100% enjoyed that video . khuda hafiz

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