Music’s always been an integral part of my life. My tryst with music started with Carnatic music lessons I took when I was a kid. That’s my earliest memory of music as apart of my life. That lasted for a while. Got to perform a couple of times on stage (small scale stuff) and that was that. Honestly, I don’t remember anything I learnt then.

My parents listened to a lot of Ghazals. That was the only thing we played at home, because I didn’t really care about music then. Ghazals grow on me. I started enjoying them. Initially it was only because I liked the way it sounded. It must much later that I actually started understanding what was being said. And it made tons of sense to me, then. This was at an age when kids my age where listening to Backstreet Boys and Aqua !!

Backstreet Boys   Aqua

And I refused to listen to them, at-least initially. Haha, it didn’t take me too long to switch from Ghazals to Pop.

What started off with pop changed with time. I didn’t and still don’t follow any particular genre of music. There are songs I listened to only because I like the way the sound ( that’s when I just don’t pay attention to the lyrics). There have been times when I’ve watched movies over and over again just to listen to a particular tune that was playing in the background (that was before I figured out the whole Internet thing !!!). Music video also effect the kind of music I listen to. If it looks good to me, I’m hooked on. And lastly, the lyrics.Ya, I know its a pity I don’t pay a lot of attention to it.

I relate each song I listen to, to different emotions, to people. There are certain set of songs that mean a lot to me just because of the emotions attached to them. These are songs which I can listen to over and over again and still not get tired of. These songs mean so much to me that at times I’m feel extremely offended if people don’t appreciate them the same way I do. Weird, I know !

The other day while I was tv-surfing saw a video that caught my attention immediately. Just saw the ending and I was hooked ! Checked it up on Youtube and there it was. Watched it a couple of times. Love the video.

This if the video of “Sadho Re” by an Indian band called Agnee. Now I didn’t really pay attention to the lyrics at first. But later I got curious as I couldn’t really understand much of it. Checked it up and realised it was a doha by Sant Kabir. I got the lyrics off this site.

In HindiSadho Re, Ye Murdo Ka GaanvPeer Mare, Paigambar mari hain
Marr gaye hain zinda jogi.
Raja MAri Hain, Praja Mari hain
mari hain vaid aur rogi.Chanda mari hain, suraj mari hain
mari hain dharni aakasa.
chaudah bhuvan ke chaudhri mari hain
in hoon ki ka aasa.

nau hoon mari hain, dus hoon mari hain,
mari hain sahaj athaasi.
tetis koti devata mari hain
Badi Kaal Ki Bazi

Naam Anam Anant Rehat Hai
Duja Tatva Na Hoi
Kahe Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho
Bhatak Maro Mat Koi

English TranslationOh Sadhu This is the Village of the DeadThe Saints Have Died, The God-Messengers Die
The Life-Filled Yogis Die Too
The Kings Die, The Subjects Die
The Healers and the Sick Die TooThe Moon Dies, The Sun Dies
The Earth and Sky Die Too
Even the Caretakers of the Fourteen Worlds Die
Why Hope For Any of These

The Nine Die, The Ten Die
The Eighty Eight Die Easily Too
The Thirty Three Crore Devatas (Enlightened Beings) Die
It’s a Big Game of Time

The Un-Named Lives Without Any End
There is No Other Truth
Says Kabir Listen Oh Sadhu
Don’t Get Lost and Die

The almost literal English translation spoils the effect of the actual lyrics. But not that I know what all of it means, it adds a different perspective to the video.

Maybe I should start paying attention to the lyrics more often !