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Mharo Pranam by Kishori Amonkar; Raag Yaman Kalyan

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Published on Oct 31, 2009

A beautiful rendition of Meerabai's bhajan by Kishori Amonkar.

Born on April 10, 1931, she is a noted Indian classical vocalist, who sings khyal in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana style. According to Wikipedia, she has developed her own style which emphasizes the emotional content of musical notes while maintaining the rigor of the Jaipur "gaayaki" (singing style). Music critic Vamanrao Deshpande, who was also her guru-bandhu, had hailed her as one of the greatest artists of 20th century. She has dabbled more in lighter forms of music than the earlier generations of Jaipur Gharana musicians.

Words and interpretation:

Mharo pranaam Banke Bihari ji
Mharo pranaam

Mor mukut mathya tilak biraja
Kundal alaka kari ji
Mharo pranaam Banke Bihari ji

Adhar madhur dhar bansi bajav
Ri jhiri jhawa braj nari ji
Mharo pranaam Banke Bihari ji

Ya chhab dekhya mohya Meera
Mohan giriwardhari ji
Mharo pranaam Banke Bihari ji

Interpretation:

My respects to Banke Bihari, Who has a crown of peacock-feathers,
a tilaka mark on the forehead and locks of hair hanging over his earring hoops.

With His sweet lips He holds and plays the flute
And playfully entices His dear Radha.

This image captivates Meera—this image of Mohana,
Who lifted Govardhana Mountain

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