Of Stories and Songs

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love stories. Reading them, listening to somebody narrate them, imagining how the characters, locales and events play out. I used to write them too. Stories. A long time back.

I like songs. Songs sung well. Songs with meaning. Songs which are not songs just for the sake of being songs. You know what I mean? Maybe you don’t. But I do. I always know what I mean.

But stories which are songs? Or songs which are stories? What brilliance they are!!

Songs actually started out as a way to tell stories. In the olden times, people would sing of stuff that happened around them or of stuff that happened to/around their ancestors (also known as ‘folk’ songs). They still do. But not as much.

Coming to Bollywood and Hindi music in general, there isn’t much of a storytelling tradition there. But there are a few songs that come to mind. In no particular order:

The story of India’s most famous tragic romantic figures, as explained in Aaja Nachle

I love stories. Reading them, listening to somebody narrate them, imagining how the characters, locales and events play out. I used to write them too. Stories. A long time back.

I like songs. Songs sung well. Songs with meaning. Songs which are not songs just for the sake of being songs. You know what I mean? Maybe you don’t. But I do. I always know what I mean.

But stories which are songs? Or songs which are stories? What brilliance they are!!

Songs actually started out as a way to tell stories. In the olden times, people would sing of stuff that happened around them or of stuff that happened to/around their ancestors (also known as ‘folk’ songs). They still do. But not as much.

Coming to Bollywood and Hindi music in general, there isn’t much of a storytelling tradition there. But there are a few songs that come to mind. In no particular order:

The story of India’s most famous tragic romantic figures, as explained in Aaja Nachle

The story of Deception in Louw from Karz(the original movie)

And also as later explained by Himace in Karzzzzz. He’s done a decent job with the song, regardless of what he did with the so-bad-its-good other song in the same movie Tandoori Nights

And a recent number from Bollywood…from the proponent of the Drunken Monkey Style of singing, Mohit Chauhan. Not exactly telling a full story as such (just a middle section which tells a story), but in an age where such songs are rare, a welcome tune.

That’s pretty much what I remember from Bollywood.

There’s one Rajasthani folk song, Beero Binjaaro from Coke Studio Pakistan which narrates a story. A lilting tune.

Also, my favourite angrezi song of all time, American Pie by Don McLean. A story spanning a generation.

Debt

October 10, 2008 § 3 Comments

Yes it is back 😛

…with a golden statue…

and a new expression 😀

And I cant wait to pay it back!! 😛

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