| 18 May 2021
DD Bharati explores music and monsoon with Ghan Garaje and The exalted portals of Thumri

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan is presenting its own ode to the monsoon – which is awaited by all to give a relief from scorching heat–with two programmes which highlight the ragas and melodies based on classical music inspired by the rains.

DD Bharati will telecast 'Ghan Garaje' featuring Pt. Kumar Gandharva and Shobha Gurtu on Saturday at 09:00 pm repeated telecast on Sunday 05:00 am and 01:00 pm. This will be followed by an archival presentation “The exalted portals of 'Thumri' on 20 July at 9.00 pm and the repeat telecast will be at 5.00 am and 1.00 pm on 21 July.

In 'Ghan Garaje', Gandharva and Gurtu will revoke Lord Indra (Rain God) with their music. Listen to them and feel the vibration in your pulse. In 'The exalted portals of Thumri', one can come closer to the three thumri queens —Naina Devi, Begum Akhtar and Girija Devi.

The three regale their audience with their thumri repertoire. It is a virtual treat for those who have never heard them before as Naina Devi sings thumri, Begum Akhtar dwells on joli and Girija Devi recites a dadra.

According to Doordarshan, there is a firm belief in Indians that music can change everything and it is the only art which remains pure irrespective of its form. Whether it is sung, played or heard, music never changes but influences those who are a part of its depth and untouched beauty.

DD Bharati has also attempted to question people's knowledge of the beauty of ragas. For example, few still remember Raga Deepak or Raga Amruthavarshini and next generation is generally unaware of Baiju Bawra, Meera, Urvashi and her powers.

The aim of DD Bharati is to revive these bits of knowledge that is slowly disappearing, through its programmes on Indian art and culture and take them to an international level.

The rich Indian culture sings aloud about the prose and passion of classical music singers like Tansen, whom each one of us fondly remembers for creating magic with his vibrating ragas.

With the start of 'Sawan Month' (monsoon month) in India, there is rhythm and song all round. Oscillation of strings adds melodious touch to ambience and the mood gets rejuvenated. There is a sudden change in our behaviour pattern which is remarkably portrayed by dancing peacocks and high pitch of raag megh malhaar.

Classical music is India's inheritance, and Indians always believe there is a life in even non-living things.