This is the first time I am writing about a song and not a movie. That’s because this one has been stuck in my head since long now and is on a loop on my playlist.
For those of you who haven’t heard it yet, you can listen to it here. The stellar performance here being by Bhavari Devi, with a mediocre performance by Hard Kaur. But even that doesn’t muffle the soul quenching voice of Bhavari Devi.
Bhavari Devi is a folk singer from Rajasthan, who is famous for singing Kabir’s poetry. She is usually, and in this video too, accompanied by her son Kishen Kumar, who is seen here performing with her on the Harmonium. I can’t help but wonder what her journey would have been like, from singing folk, to being a part of a new world of Coke Studio and if she would have been nervous while singing this one. And even if she was, you may never find out as she has successfully stifled that fear in the sheer power of her voice.
If you watch the video, you will notice that she is singing with a veil on her face. You can’t see her face, but that will not stop
Her voice from reaching you like it’s always been a part of you and is just finding it’s way out through her.
To understand this song better, you may want to read it’s lyrics once, though I suggest reading only the parts by Bhavari Devi. You can find the lyrics here. Although, I otherwise like Hard Kaur and know where she comes from, I am not a fan of hers in this particular song. I somehow never liked songs that shamelessly projected the writers pain in open words. I always like it to be presented more subtly.
Another hero of this song is Ram Sampath. He has arranged the music in an extraordinary way and weaves magic with his score. He has taken the folk and without altering much of it, churned it into a beautiful creation. A fascinating fact about the video is that Ram Sampath, alongwith other members of his troupe, are seen sporting kohl rimmed eyes, as a tribute to his celebration of womanhood through this song.
It all results in a soulful rendition of the soul searching by the folk and in a way, even by Hard Kaur, for whom this must have been a vent to erupt the pent up anger of her painful past.
In the end, this song is a burst of energy and still has a calming effect on you.
You must listen to it.. Not once, but over and over again. Cheers!