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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 2 of 144

Banke Bihari Temple (Vrindavan, India)

२.
अंग ही अंग जड़ाऊ जड़े, अरु सीस बनी पगिया जरतारी ।
मोतिन माल हिये लटकै, लटुबा लटकै लट घूँघर वारी ॥
पूरब पुन्य तें ‘रसखानि’ ये माधुरी मूरति आय निहारी ।
चारो दिशा की महा अघनाशक, झाँकी झरोखन बाँके बिहारी ॥

Meaning of this sawaiya by Bhakti poet Raskhan:

Sri Banke Bihari is bejewelled with gemstone ornaments and he is wearing an elaborate head-dress a pagari embellished in zari-zardozi metallic threads. A pearl necklace around his neck is touching his heart, and his curly hair frames the face. Raskhan says that it is my love for Bihari ji from an earlier lifetime that brings me here to Vrindavan, where I come to admire my beloved Sri Banke Bihari ji through the framed doorway to his room :-)

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 1 of 144

Krishna ke Braj ke sawaiya

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जामा बन्यो जरीतार को सुन्दर, लाल हैं बन्द और जर्द किनारी ।
झालरदार बन्यो पटुका, मोतिन की छबि लागत प्यारी ॥
जैसी ये चाल चलैं ब्रजराज, अहो बलिहारी है मौज तिहारी ।
देखत नैनन ताकि रही झुकि, झाँकी झरोखन बाँके बिहारी ॥

I first heard this sawaiya in a Raslila performance by Sri Hargovind ji’s group (from Vrindavan) in Chowk, Lucknow.

Sawaiya is kind of verse, written in the Bhakti period, (some five centuries or so ago) by Braj poets such as Surdas, Raskhan and others.

All the sawaiyas here are written in praise of Srimad Kunjviharine Banke Bihari ji of Vrindavan.

Hindola song from Vrindavan - ghir aayi kaari badariya

This rain song from Vrindavan is sung by Anisha Sharma to celebrate raag seva in Braj culture. Raag seva is a musical offering to Sri Jugal Sarkar Radha Krishna.

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात,

जमुना किनारे पड़ो झूलो, झूले राधे-श्याम ।

 

अपना तो ओढ़े कान्हा कारी कामरिया,

राधा जी ओढ़े चुनरिया, चुनरी गोटेदार ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

 

राधा के नैनन में मोटो मोटो कजरा,

कान्हा की तिरछी नजरिया, चित नैनन चुराय ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

 

कान्हा के सिर पे मोर मुकुट है,

राधा की लाल-लाल बिंदिया, चमके आधी रात ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

 

राधा के होठों पे लाल-लाल लाली,

कान्हा के मुख पे मुरलिया, बाजे आधी रात ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

 

राधा के हाथों में हरी हरी चूड़ियां,

कान्हा के हाथों लकुटिया, गैया ले जाये घेराये, गैया ले आये घेराये ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

 

कान्हा खड़ें हैं तिरछी अदा से,

राधा की बाजे पायलिया, होवे महारास ।

घिर आई कारी बदरिया, बरसे आधी रात…

जमुना किनारे पड़ो झूलो, झूले राधे-श्याम ।

Panchratna Ri Dal recipe from Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar

Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar’s ‘Five lentils’ recipe, takes me back to the days spent in Jodhpur and Jaipur as a house guest. That’s how I got to sample a lot of the Rajasthani fare, which I can roughly put down to oil, chilly and besan (gramflour). It was amazing to find these ingredients in so many of the delicious meals that were served piping hot.

The Panchratna daal here reminds me of the bajra khichri eaten for breakfast in Jodhpur. Bajra and moth daal simmered in milk over a wood fire all night and served with dollops of white butter for breakfast, with nothing more than salt for a flavouring! It melted in the mouth…

Now for the dal recipe shared by Maharana in The Times of India:

Panchratna ri daal, Five Lentils (Serves 4 )

30g Urad dal
30g Tur dal
30g Chana dal
30g Moong dal
30g Moath dal
2 Green chillies
2 Whole red chillies, broken into pieces
½ tsp Cumin
½ tsp Turmeric
½ tsp Garam masala
6 cloves
6-7 small Cardamoms
½ tsp Heeng (Asafoetida)
50g Ghee (clarified butter)
Salt to taste

Soak all the five lentils in water for four hours. Cook all the dals in an open vessel or a degchi. The dals acquire a special flavour when cooked in a degchi, quite different from when they are pressure cooked. This needs to be simmered for a long time. When the lentils are cooked, heat ¼ cup clarified butter in another degchi-vessel. Add cumin, asafoetida, cloves and cardamoms. When the cumin crackles, add a little water and red chilli. Now add the lentil mix and stir for two minutes. Let the lentils cook for another 10 minutes. Add garam masala, check the seasoning and serve hot with fresh coriander leaves and slit green chillies as garnish.

Barase badariya saavan ki – Meera bhajan

This Meera bhajan is sung by Gayatri and Muthuswamy Bharadwaj in Raga Malhar.

बरसे बदरिया सावन की…

सावन की, मनभावन की ।

सावन में उमग्यो मेरो मनवा, भनक सुनी हरि आवन की ।

बरसे बदरिया सावन की…

…कुन्जन में बरसे, शीतल पवन सुहावन की ।

बरसे बदरिया सावन की…

मीरा के प्रभु गिरिधर नागर, आनन्द मंगल गावन की ।

बरसे बदरिया सावन की…

सावन की, मनभावन की ।

बरसे बदरिया सावन की…

Shovana Narayan’s Asavari celebrates 30 years

Shovana Narayan

Thirty years is an important milestone, especially for a Kathak dance school. Asavari, the institute started by dancer Shovana Narayan in 1979, holds its 30th birthday celebrations with an upbeat smile.

LalitArpan festival 2009 that will be held on 1st and 2nd of August 2009 at the Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

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Song from Vrindavan, Mohe saanvaraa salona pasand aa gayaa

Bhajan lyrics

krishna bhajan, lyrics,mohe saanvara salona pasand aa gayaa, from vrindavan

mohe saanvaraa salonaa pasand aa gayaa,
nand kaa vo laalaa, dil ko lubhaa gayaa,
mohe saanvaraa salonaa pasand aa gayaa...

kaalee kamalee baankee chitavan, vaape vaaroon mai to tan man,
sun ree sakhee, mere man ko bhaa gayaa,
mohe saanvaraa salonaa pasand aa gayaa...

mor mukut sir muralee dhaaroon, shyaam sakhee mohe laage pyaaru,
vraj kaa vo laalaa chitavan pe chhaa gayaa,
mohe saanvaraa salonaa pasand aa gayaa...

jab kaanhaa kee muralee baaje, patajhar bhee saavan so laage,
muralee kee dhun pe mujhko nachaa gayaa,
mohe saanvaraa salonaa pasand aa gayaa...

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