Raga Shuddha Kalyan
Some memories have some Ragas associated with them. And same Raga when performed by different maestros creates memorable moments.
Raga Shuddha Kalyan is such a Raga, performed by different artists, by their beautiful styles, pouring out their elevated souls. I have been listening to this melodious Raga Shuddha Kalyan probably since I was in womb of my mother. It was Raga Shuddha Kalyan performed by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi in a very famous records series Maestro’s Choice. I have heard so many Shuddha Kalyan by various artists;but, this is the most touching one. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi sings two very profound compositions composed by Sadarang, in his crafted voice. One is very famous, Mundar bajo re and other, Ras Bhini Bhini. I am listening to this record for almost 21 years now, but still it has charm. It is still as magical as it was 21 years ago. This is real magic, which is alive eternally. I cannot forget Bhimsen Joshi for his Raga Shuddha Kalyan.
Pt. Jasraj has also sung Raga Shuddha Kalyan, which is very delicate and mesmerizing. I have heard Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan performing live Raga Shuddha Kalyan in Pune. Such a huge man, holding a comparatively small Sitar in his strong hands and playing it utterly delicately. Perhaps, this was the moment when Raga Shuddha Kalyan entered my soul and created a special place in my soul. Sitar is probably most feminine instrument. Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan has a heart which is very soft. His finger are more delicate than any woman here on the earth. Combination of all this creates Raga Shuddha Kalyan, which is beyond doubt unforgettable.