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Rasik Balma Played on Long Base Flute By Dr.N.R.Kamath (CHORI CHORI)

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Uploaded on Jun 28, 2010

I have played this song on my Transverse BAMBOO BASE FLUTE (or Long Flute which emantes Deep Meditative Sound). I have pasted the photo of Nargis taken in 1951. Previously I had uploaded the same song twice before using high-pitch Flute and Electronic Rhythm. But this time I did not use any background Music or Tabla. I wanted to create a pure meditative sound.
Dr. Shailendra (YouTube Screen Name dr27shkmr) requested me few days back to upload a Flute Tune using Base Flute and here I am with my Base Flute.
Rasik Balma song is from the old Hindi film Chori Chori (1956) which was based on Raga Shudh Kalyan.
There is another song Chand Phir Nikla (Film: Paying Guest of 1957) which was composed by Maestro S.D.Burman. In fact, both these two songs sound so similar that when my friend, Mr. Krishna Prabhu, who helped me in creating the computer files for these two songs, thought that I had played the same song twice. These two songs were composed by two of the greatest Hindi film music directors of all time: Shankar-Jaikishen and S.D. Burman respectively around the year 1956. The hyphen between the name Shankar-Jaikishen is very important. Without the hyphen, if only one of the names is used, then it would not mean much. It is surprising to note that both these music directors never composed any Hindi song based on Raga Hamsadhwani, a melodious South Indian classical raga.
Both songs were composed independently by the above two music directors. Since both songs were composed on Raga Shudh Kalyan, both have the same bandishi or pakkad. And this is the reason why both songs sound so similar. There was no question of one being a copy of the other. In those golden years of 1950s, one could not even think of plagiarism, which unfortunately is rampant in some of the present day Hindi film music. Both songs were brilliantly sung by the great Lata Mangeshkar. The immortal Lata Mangeshkar has stated that these two songs are two of the best songs of her career among her other favorite songs such as Aaja re pardesi (Film: Madhumati), Ayega aanewala (Film: Mahal) and Ye zindagi usiki hai (Film: Anarkali).
Actually, when this song Rasik Balma was being picturized on actress Nargis, Nargis declared that she would not require any Glycerin on her eyes to emote for this song. After hearing the song, Nargis knew that there was no need to use Glycerin during the picturization of the song, since the great Lata Mangeshkar had already used her deep emotions while singing the song, and that was enough to create natural tears. Glycerin is normally used in the film industry to create tears artificially in the eyes of the actor or actress for sad scenes.
From reliable sources, it is known that the above song Rasik Balma was composed by Jaikishen of the famous Shankar-Jaikishen duo. Generally, the opening (sthaayi) of the song is set within a medium octave, but this song opens on a very high note. During recording, Lata Ji had pointed this out to Jaikishen Ji saying that people are going to blame her for singing this song at such a high pitch and people might say that they cannot even hum it! But the brilliant Jaikishen told Lata Mangeshkar that the beauty of this song lied entirely on singing it at a high pitch, and finally the song was sung at a high pitch and the rest is history.
In 1956, from India, Lata called Mehboob Khan, the famous Producer and Director of Oscar nominated Film: Mother India who was undergoing a medical treatment in a hospital in Los Angeles in USA. At that time, Mehboob Khan told Lata that he was very impatient to hear the melodious soulful song Rasik Balma from Lata herself over the phone, since the record of this song was not available in USA at that time. "Oh, Rasik Balma from Chori Chori?" asked Lata and she sang the entire song over the phone for Mehboob Khan. She sang this song over the telephone every single day while Mehboob Khan was recuperating in the Los Angeles hospital. Later, Mehboob Khan admitted how much this song had helped him recover faster from his illness.
This proves the power of the song Rasik Balma which could heal an ill person. And this is the BEAUTY of well-composed music. Hats off to both Shankar and Jaikishen!!!!!!!
Please rate my performance and place your valuable comment.
Thanks and Regards,
Dr. Kamath

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