Pandit Jasraj is one of my favorite classical singers. he has the ability to make you close your eyes and transport you to the land of peace and meditation. I share with you one of my favorite compositions – a simple, slow, moving, yearning call to the Goddess Durga. He has taken these few simple lines and transformed them into an incredibly powerful call or invocation to the Goddess.
merI ek a.Ntar abhilaasha, pUro mayyaa, begI aavo, darasa dikhaa,
mayyaa merI, kyo.N nahI.N aavata, bichha.Daa baalaka ro ro pukaarata,
mujhe auro.N se nahI.N aasa..
मेरी एक अँतर अभिलाश, पूरो मय्या, बेगी आवो, दरस दिखा,
मय्या मेरी, क्योँ नहीँ आवत, बिछड़ा बालक रो रो पुकारत,
मुझे औरोँ से नहीँ आस..
“I have only one desire – please come and show me your face – dear mother, why don’t you come – this soul is lost without seeing you – I have no desire of any other vision!”
Pandit Jasraj – Meri Ek Antar Abhilash (edited extract)
I hope you enjoy the full version (see amazon.com link below) – it is eleven minutes of sheer bliss…
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This took me back in time and transcended time at once.
Nearly 40 years ago Vamanrau Deshpande who sang on AIR introduced me to many classical singers. He also taught me much about listening and the grounding of music in yoga. Although I had studied Veda since childhood this teacher opened many doors…
agna A yAhi vitaye /
So you may have actually met Pandit Jasraj back then? Wow, that must have been quite an experience!