Monday, September 28, 2015

Ramesh Rai writes

Lata Mangeshkar

Emitting from the Vina of Saraswati
due to vibration of strings
the melody spontaneously spreads out
amongst one of the melodies is the tune
coming out from the throat of Lata Didi
as if Goddess Saraswati has crafted it

The voice of Lata Didi is certainly
like the perpetual stream full of tranquility
evolved through magnificent clarion of life,
permutation and combination of all feelings
expressed through a vocalist.

May God bless her with all blessing
it is my only prayer
and sat sat naman on thy holy feet

1 comment:

  1. Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian composer, musician, movie producer, and playback singer (one whose singing is pre-recorded for use in movies as soundtracks; actors or actresses lip-sync the songs on camera, while the actual singer does not appear on screen). She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and in 2001 became only the second vocalist to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. She was also elected to the Rajya Sabha, India's upper legislative chamber She is the daughter of actor/singer, and was named after a female character, Latika, in one of her father's plays, BhaawBandhan. At five, she started acting in her father's musical plays, but her career as a playback singer began in 1942, after her father's death when she was 14. In 1974, The Guinness Book of Records claimed she was the most recorded artist in the history, with "not less than 25,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 Indian languages" between 1948 and 1974; later editions credited her with at least 30,000 songs between 1948 and 1987. The claim was widely disputed, and Guinness discontinued the entry in 1991, only to revive it in 2011 -- with the claim that her younger sister Asha Bhosle is the most recorded artist in music history, "for recording up to 11,000 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs and in over 20 Indian languages since 1947."
    Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom, and learning, who is usually portrayed as holding the plucked string instrument known as a vina; she is the active power and energy of Brahma and aids in the creation of the universe, while Lakshmi and Parvati help Vishnu and Shiva maintain and regenerate it. In the Rigveda she is celebrated as a feminine deity with healing, purifying powers of abundant, flowing waters. In later Vedas and in Brahmanas her importance grows, and the word evolves in its meaning from "waters that purify" to "that which purifies, to "speech that purifies" to "knowledge that purifies" and ultimately into a spiritual concept of a goddess who embodies anything whose flow purifies the essence and self of a person. In Upanishads and Dharma Sastras, she is invoked to remind the reader to meditate on virtue and the meaning and essence of one's activity.


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