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Nadia - Nitin Sawhney feat. Nicki Wells & Ashwin Srinivasan, Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2

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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.

Find the lyrics of this song here: http://mtv.in.com/blogs/general/coke-...

Credits:

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)

Sune Naahin (4)
Nadiyaan Bairee Bhayrein (3)
Bairee Bhayrein (2)
Mora Sainyaan, Bulaa ve (2)
Nadiyaan Bairee Bhayrein
Bairee Bhayrein (2)
Sune Naahin (4)
Nadiyaan Bairee Bhayrein (3)
Bairee Bhayrein (2)
Sune Naahin (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...

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