Swar Varsha released on times Music is a collection of semi-classical style of vocal music from one of the most accomplished contemporary exponents, Girija Devi. Girija Devi is renowned for her ability to interpret with her voice the spectrum of shades and colours of emotions inherent in the ‘Bandish’ which she sings. She has an equally versatile command of all major styles of vocal music such as khayal, thumri, tappa, dadra, hori, chaiti, bhajan and kajri. She threads together different strands of the vocal forms, highlighting the specialties of each and emphasising their devotional aspects. Girija Devi has won international acclaim for her contributions to the developments of classical music culture and is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the Indian government’s highest awards for musical excellence.
The first track is a light composition based on Des Raag, traditionally sung in the rainy season. The second track is a kajri based on Raag Maru Bihag with shades of Des Raag. The third track is a traditional composition based on Raag Pilu; it is sung at the time of time of Holi, the festival of colours that ushers in the spring season. The final composition is a Thumri in Raag Bhairavi, based on the theme of separation and departure.
Mishra Des Thumri
1. Thumri based on Mishra Des
2. Kajri based on Raag Maru Bihag
3. Hori based on Raag Pilu
4. Thumri based on Raag Bhairavi