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Published on Jul 27, 2012
Nadia is a song about two lovers on opposite ends of the river. The song is almost like someone calling across the river. Based on a thumri, this track is about how the river has become the enemy as it is keeping the lovers apart.
Nitin's original version didn't have any bass but was electronica-heavy. For the Coke Studio @ MTV version, he has added the kasturi tilakam shloka in the beginning.
Composer & Producer: Nitin Sawhney Language: Hindi & Sanskrit Lyrics: Traditional (rearranged by Nitin Sawhney) Vocals: Nicki Wells & Ashwin Srinivasan Tabla: Vikaash Sankadecha Keys: Nitin Sawhney Flute: Ashwin Srinivasan Drums Jivraj Singh Bass: Mohini Dey Recorded by: Steve Fitzmaurice, Ashish Manchanda (Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai), assisted by Thorsten Muller Mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice at the Pierce Rooms, London Mastered by Bunt Stafford Clark at the Pierce Rooms, London.
Song Synopsis: Kasturi tilakam Lalat patle Vashkh sthale kaustubham Na sakre luv motikm Kartale emm kare Kankanam Sarvange Sarvange Har chandanam sulalitam Kanthecha mukta pali Gopastri parihastita Vijaya De Gopal chhood mani
Nadiyaan Bairee Bhayrein (7) Bairee Bhayrein (3) Mora Sainyaan, Bulaa ve (2) Nadiyaan Bairee Bhayrein (3) Bairee Bhayrein (3)
Meaning of the song: Poet starts with a verse from a sacred book called Sri Krishna Karnamrita written by Saint, Lilasuka Bilvamangala. In the verse the Poet is sharing the beautiful vision of his Divine beloved, Lord Krishna. Poet says he wears musk (Kasturi, rare scent found in a Deer's naval) decoration on his forehead and adorns the rarest of all gems, called Kaustubha on his broad chest. His nose is decorated with the prettiest of ornaments made of fresh pearls, adding to his charm. His delicate wrists adorned with beautiful golden bracelets, holds his enchanting flute. His entire body is scented with fragrant sandalwood and his chest is decorated with the necklace made of many pearls. He is the handsomest man of all, and is always mesmerizing Gopis (his women friends) with his witty and divine charm. He is indeed the most precious of all, in the cowherds of Vrindavan.
The song moves on to a repeated expression of separation, where the poet says even the rivers have become the enemy, an impediment to his union. Says that even though the call of his lover has come, but the world continues to conspire against him...