Siddheshwari Devi


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Siddheswari Devi (1908–1976) was a Hindustani singer from Varanasi, India, known as Maa (mother). Born in 1908, she lost her parents early and was brought up by her aunt, the noted singer Rajeshwari Devi.

Despite living in a musical household, Siddheswari came to music by accident. Rajeshwari had arranged musical training for her own daughter, Kamleshwari, while Siddheswari would do small chores around the house. Once, while the noted sarangi player Siyaji Mishra was teaching Kamleshwari, she was unable to repeat the tappa that she was being taught. Rajeshwari ran out of patience, and started to cane Kamleshwari, who cried out for help.

The only person to help her was her close friend Siddheswari, who ran from the kitchen to hug her cousin, and took the thrashing on her own body. At this point, Siddheswari told her weeping cousin, “It’s not so difficult to sing what Siyaji Maharaj was telling you.” Siddheswari then showed her how to sing it, performing the whole tune perfectly, much to the amazement of everyone.

The next day, Siyaji Maharaj came to Rajeshwari, and asked to adopt Siddheswari into his own family (they were childless). So Siddheswari moved in with the couple, eventually becoming a great friend and support for them.

This moving incident was very vivid in Siddheswari’s mind, and is detailed in the biography Maa co-authored by her daughter Savita Devi.[1]

Musical career

Subsequently she also trained under Rajab Ali Khan of Dewas and Inayat Khan of Lahore, but considered her guru mainly Bade Ramdas.

She sang khyal, thumri (her forte) and short classical forms as dadra, chaiti, kajri etc. On several occasions she would sing perform through the night, for example on the overnight boating expeditions of Maharaja of Darbhanga.[1]

In 1989, noted director Mani Kaul has made an award winning documentary, Siddheshwari, on her life[2]

She won many accolades during her career, including:

She died in 1976. Her daughter Savita Devi is also a musician and lives in Delhi.

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Dr Kalyani Bondre

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Dr Kalyani Bondre is a new generation classical vocalist with a vibrant, youthful, and original style of singing. Kalyani’s first musical impressions were formed in her own home, as both her parents have been exponents of Indian Classical Music. 

Dr Kalyani has trained in vocal classical music mainly under Guru Manisha Shrikhande of the Mewati Gharana, who earlier learnt form Leelatai and Vilasrao Khandekar of the Kirana Gharana, and later became a student of Pandit Krishnakant Parekh and Dr Shobha Abhyankar, both disciples of Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasraj. Kalyani has also received guidance in advanced music from Ustad Faiyaaz Hussain Khansaheb and Ustad Usman Khansaheb. Not confining herself to the rigid barriers of any one Gharana, her gayaki encompasses the nuances of different schools of music. She has created her own individual style, blending elements from a variety of sources. She has also learnt the basics of the Sitar.

Dr Kalyani has already started establishing her mark as an outstanding talent and has performed at prestigious platforms in India and abroad. Gifted with a rich, melodious voice, which freely flows in all the three octaves, an effortless command of rhythm, clarity of diction, originality, and versatility, she captivates audiences wherever she performs. 

Dr Kalyani has been giving live performances since the age of seven. She has been doing solo concerts for the last decade and has performed at prestigious platforms in India and abroad.

Kalyani had the honour of presenting a solo concert at the Tagore Centre of the Embassy of India, Berlin, Germany in August 2013 in the presence of the Deputy Chief of Mission and other dignitaries of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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Ring of fire : Johnny Cash

“Ring Of Fire”

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(originally by Anita Carter)

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring.
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet.
I fell for you like a child,
Oh, but the fire went wild.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down as the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

J. R. Cash

John R.JohnnyCash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist,actor, and author,[2] who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.[3][4] Although primarily remembered as a country musicicon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice,[a][6] the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, a rebelliousness[7][8] coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor,[5] free prison concerts,[9][10] and a trademark look, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”.[b] He traditionally began his concerts with the simple “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”[c], followed by his signature “Folsom Prison Blues“.

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Geetika Varde Qureshi

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Geetika Varde Qureshi is an Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani classical music and wife of percussionist Taufiq Qureshi.

 She is also is one of the graded artistes of All India Radio and a proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Surmani’ title from Sur Shringar Samsad. From light music to world music Geetika Varde Qureshi has performed in India as well as abroad, for example at the Trafalgar Square Festival 2006 .

Geetika Varde, although a trained professional classical singer of the Jaipur Gharana, is very inclined towards light-classical forms and composing. Having performed at classical and fusion concerts, she has conducted lecture-demonstrations and workshops at prestigious venues in India and abroad. For the release of her well appreciated solo album ‘ROOH’, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma referred to the couple as “Taufiq and Geetika are a perfect blend of rhythm and melody.”


Najariya: – It is a thumri-type called dadra. In this track, the artiste intricately explores the nuances of this form by making variations of the same line thereby bringing about a dramatic romance in the simple lyrics.

Yey Dil: – Purely a love song, this extremely soulful track is high on melody and expresses Geetika’s deep love for her soul- mate.

Hey Maana:- It is a ballad- a slow moving sentimental song that drifts into a thoughtful mood- seeking to spread love and unify with the world in all its beauty and sunshine.

Hum Apne: – An old ghazal presentation this track emulates the artiste’s profound love for the evergreen songs of the Hindi Film Industry.

Shyaam: – A touching bhajan by Saint Rasakhani on Lord Krishna, Geetika here has given a soulful rendition through her composition steeped in devotional melody. In this meditative track, she uses the word ‘Shyaam’ in beautiful variations.

Meera: – This composition on ‘Meera’ featured in Taufiq Qureshi’s album ‘Colours of Rajasthan’, released by Music Today over a decade ago is a bhajan that depicts devotion to the extent of dedicating one’s whole self and being, to the one and only Lord Krishna.

Tum Bin: – The track is a pure classical approach of singing, based on raga Bageshri. Blending the tenets of alaap-s, bolalaap-s and taan-s ‘Tum Bin’ is a spontaneous and an extempore unfolding of the raga but in a “fast forward” mode.

Ley Ailey: – A traditional folk song from Uttar Pradesh, the artiste here explores the possibilities of light classical style of singing, giving preference to bol banaav, playing with words and live singing rather than the fixed and repetitive way of folk.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Strings of memories = U Srinivas

Memorable Music Moments of Mandolin U Srinivas

THE MANDOLIN AND THE MAESTRO U. Srinivas Photo: R. Ravindran

U. Shrinivas, ( 1969 –  19 Sept 2014 ) who was as amiable as his mandolin, took the western instrument to the highest musical peak in the east.

He was a child prodigy who remained childlike with a candid smile and words that seem to come straight from the heart.

At age six, he first picked up the western mandolin and soon made it his own by bringing to its electric strings an unheard of melodic flexibility, microtonal variations and astonishing delicacy in the upper registers. He constructed a nuanced, multi-layered repertoire, whether it was for a Carnatic cutcheri or a cross-genre ensemble. Over the years, without venturing into compulsive experimentation, he kept broadening the dimensions of his music.

As a young boy, when he performed in sabhas, senior musicians initially apprehensive of accompanying him and sceptical of his ‘much-talked’ about talent, later collectively hailed him as the ‘promise of tomorrow’.

At a concert in the city, where he performed with flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, half way through, the veteran put down his flute to salute Shrinivas’ artistry. “Kamaal kar diya, bajao bajao,” he said.

In 1990, when Shrinivas was playing in London, Beatle George Harrison came to listen to him. During the intermission, he went backstage and told Shrinivas how much he enjoyed his music.

Iconic tabla player Zakir Hussain, whom Shrinivas would refer to as ‘the East-West bridge’, and with whom he performed across the globe, would shout into the mike at concerts, ‘ladies and gentleman that’s the mandolin wizard, a big hand for U. Shrinivas’.

And Shrinivas in a spotless kurta-pyjama, nervously running his fingers through his hair, with the gleaming mandolin in his hand, would immediately get up to acknowledge the ustad and the thunderous applause.

Applause he well deserved, not only for his music, but also for the man he was.

A fine musician who could make people feel the presence of God through his divine music has merged with divine …….. Indian classical music will always remember his contributions ……. love all.

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