The spiritual, ritualistic and devotional superstructure of India is a glittering multiplicity of faiths, icons, systems and ways of living. The Bhakti cult is one super system which germinated perhaps around the 5th century A.D. and made its most voluminous contributions between the 15th and 18th centuries A.D. The cult
was concretised by the great Bhaktas - best known being names like Meerabai, Kabirdas, Surdas and Tulsidas-all saint singers, who spoke and sang the language of the common folk-extolling the virtues of good thoughts, good deeds and an existence of simplicity, honest work and devotion to one Supreme Lord. Thus the Bhakti cult was a movement against the tyranny of ritualism, casteism, untouchability and other
aberrations which had crept into formal religious practices. The songs of these innumerable great savants- ranging from the Alvars and Nayanars of the South to the Gurus of Punjab, from Meera and Narsi Mehta in the West through the saint poets of the Braj region like Sur and Tulsi to the Vaishnavite mendicants of the East-have come to be generically called Bhajans in today's musical millieu. They have grown to become a beautiful body of devotional literature in India, serving a purpose different from the esoteric Vedic chants, mantras, stotras and stutis, or the great philosophical scriptures and epics of this land.
This 'BHAJAN' series of HMV brings the immortal words of the Bhakti movement of India through many memorable voices of contemporary music like OV. Paluskar, Kishore Amonkar, Bhimsen Joshi, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Pandit Jasraj, Girija Devi, Kumar Gandharva, Lata Mangeshkar, Sandhya Mukherjee and
Surdas lived Krishna. If Meera saw in the divine her consort, Surdas largely saw Krishna the child, yet omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient - the errant prankster who drove his mother to distress, yet revealed to her the universe
in his little mouth. This album brings a range of Surdas bhajans from the high priestess of Indian music.
1. Prabhuji Tum Bin Kaun Sahai
2. Nis Din Barsat Nain Hamare
3. Raakho Laaj Hari Tum Meri
4. Kunjani Kunjani Bajati Murli
5. Ankhiyan Hari Darshan Pi Pyasi
6. Madhuban Tum Kyon Rahat Hare
7. He Deen Dayal Gopal Hari
8. Suneri Maine Nirbal Ke Balram
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