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Dastaan-Go: Listen to ‘Raag Darbari’ Tansen or read Srilal Shukla’s, you will get equal pleasure

tale-go Is there any time to tell stories and listen? Maybe it would have happened. Or would it not happen. But one thing definitely happens. Tales, stories are interesting to everyone. It would be better if they were present on time. If it is not, it is of the past, even then it is not bad. Because they always go not only by telling us something, but also by teaching. Brings back memories of our times. Even after sweetening the spices of the serious ones, they drink it softly. That’s why ‘Dastaan-Go’ has started, the process of bringing interesting stories to your loved ones. Will try to continue this process. Monday to Friday, everyday…


Sir, So far only two people have composed ‘Raag Darbari’ in India. First – those who got the status of one among the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. The years were between 1500-1586. Pandit Ramtanu Pandey i.e. Tansen, the greatest singer of Hindustani Dhrupad singing. It is said that he composed ‘Raag Darbari’ to please his ‘king’. Very beautiful raga. Often sung, played in the late evening or at night. Some of its specialties are selective because it is said to be a raga of serious nature. To show this ‘seriousness’, more often lower notes (mandra or middle octave) are sung, played. with weight. In order to increase the effect, ‘Gamak’ means to move the notes in a particular way, or say as if you wake someone up by shaking, some similar technique is also tried with the notes.

Apart from this, another specialty of this raga is said to be. It is related to medical science. As this raga ‘brings to consciousness even the patients lying in coma’. In the past, an example of this had also come to the fore. The year 2018 has come, the months of November-December. In Bengal, there was an experience at the Seth Sukhilal Karnani Memorial Hospital in Kolkata. There on November 7, a 21-year-old girl was brought there for treatment of dengue fever. But during the treatment, she went into a coma. There was a blood clot in the brain. All the remedies were tried. But no result came out. Then the doctor there, Sandeep Kar narrated the raga ‘Darbari Kanada’ to him on the violin. It’s December. The doctor himself plays the violin and knows about music therapy. So, he tried this recipe and says that the girl really came out of the coma.

Now there is no need to fall under the illusion of ‘darbari’ and ‘darbari kanada’, sir. Because in South India, the ‘Darbari’ has been given the shape of ‘Darbari Kanada’ with a slight change. However, now let’s come to the second one ‘Raag Darbari’. The words ‘Raag Darbari’. It also has specialties like ‘Sur Wale Raag Darbari’. For example- Just as there is ‘Nyas’ on the notes in ‘Raag Darbari’, that is, the action of establishing it by stopping on a particular note. In the same way, there is ‘Upa-Nyasa’ in ‘Raag Darbari with words’. That is, ‘a story close to man, a story’ is established. And if there is ‘Up-Nyas’ then ‘Nyas’ has happened by itself. So, no matter how many times one reads this story in the form of a novel, every time one will feel that the writer has ‘very well done’ on some issues. They have also been completely established in the minds of the readers.

Like ‘Raag Darbari’, there is a lot of ‘weightage’ in ‘Raag Darbari with words’ too. So much so that for many days the reader of it kept roaming with its effect on the heart-o-mind. It also has the same ‘seriousness’ as ‘Raag Darbari’. Even if again the issue has been said in a light-hearted manner. The technique of giving ‘Gamak on notes’ is also seen in this ‘second raga court’. Through him, an attempt has been made to raise the society and the system by shaking it up. Like ‘Raag Darbari’, ‘Up-Nyas Raag Darbari’ has also been able to bring people out of coma. Just a trial delay. The element of entertainment is also equal in both. There are two more interesting things on this. First- ‘Raag Darbari’ may have been created for the entertainment of the ‘king’, but he has always given more ‘pigmentation of mind’ to the ‘people’. Whereas, ‘Raag Darbari with words’ has originally been written ‘for the people’.

The second interesting thing- Tansen ji who composed ‘Sur Ka Raag Darbari’, was himself a ‘courtman’. He knew that what the ‘Darbar’ wanted so that he would be entertained, as well as his hitting or impact, he would also feel strong. Similarly, the sahib who wrote ‘Shabd Wala Raag Darbari’ himself was also a ‘darbari’ i.e. ‘part of the government system’. He also knew very well which pill ‘this court’ needed, which if felt bitter, but on going inside would give full effect, like a bitter pill. And the most important thing is that the sahib who wrote this ‘Second Raag Darbari’ is also counted like a gem in the world of his skill like Tansen. Pandit Shrilal Shukla Mr. Great satirist, novelist, story writer of Hindi adab. He wrote about 25 books. But like the immortal creation Tansen was considered ‘Raag Darbari’.

However, just as ragas like ‘Deepak’ ‘Mian Malhar’ are also found close to Pandit Tansen, similarly other compositions of Pandit Srilal ji also do not stay away from him. Such as- ‘Suraj of Suni Valley’ (1957), ‘Foot of Angad’ (1958), ‘Agyatwas’ (1962), ‘House’ (1976), ‘First halt’ (1987), ‘Saint of Bishrampur’ (1998) ), ‘Raag Virag’ (2001), ‘Fifty years of life’ (2003), ‘Khabar Ki Jugali’ (2005), etc. This process of his compositions came to an end only when Pandit Shukla ji started falling ill at the end of his life. In the year 2008, his last book came out, ‘Kuch Sahitya Charcha Bhi’. In the same year, he was also honored with the ‘Padma-Bhushan’. Although he always went as a ‘gem’ if counted. He also had a perfect interest in music, right from his childhood. His father was fond of music. They felt it too.

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Shrilal Shukla ji was born in a family living in Atrauli town near Lucknow and living in agriculture. The date was 31 December 1925. It is said that when he was studying in BA, only then the shadow of his father got up from his head. After that the marriage took place. The financial condition was already thin. In such a situation, the study of law had to be left in the middle. But he left neither music nor literature. And the good thing about all this was that the life partner Girija Devi also did not come in the way of Panditji’s relationship with music, literature. Rather, it remained helpful in strengthening these relationships of theirs. As a result of this, perhaps even Panditji easily took the risk of writing a novel like ‘Raag Darbari’. Oh, it was a risk. Because in the year 1949, he got a government job with great difficulty. A novel from that, which directly hurts the government system!

In spite of all this, Panditji took the risk of writing satirical novels like ‘Raag Darbari’ while in government position. And came out completely successful, as if he had crossed the Vaitarni. It happened in such a way that if we say ‘Raag Darbari’, people remember him ‘words’ instead of ‘sangeet wala’. And instead of Pandit Tansen, the picture of Pandit Shrilal Shukla starts coming to mind. Shivpalganj town is visible. Rangnath, Ruppan Babu, Sanichar, Vaidyaji, including all the bald men, run in the place. Joganthwa is remembered and his surfery quote ‘Murfley Garfley Surfley Garfoli Swirlwale’ too. As soon as the thought comes, there is a tickle in the stomach. The ‘development’ of the rural areas of India is also visible, which does not reach there.

Someone who came through the inner villages of India. Whatever pictures that Pandit Shrilal ji has taken in ‘Raag Darbari’, all will be seen in the same form even today. He has done such a thing. No one knows how long it took Pandit Tansen to give appearance to ‘Raag Darbari’, but many people say that it took three years for Pandit Shrilal ji to write his ‘Raag Darbari’. From 1964 to 1967. It takes time to get such big things done. But when they don’t happen, they go beyond time and stay somewhere. Just like the ‘Raag Darbari’ is standing. As if the book is not that close, on hearing the name, word-word, picture-picture, character-actor, all pass in front of eyes. In the same way, as soon as the name of ‘Raag Darbari’ is heard in the ears of those who are conversant with music, its tones begin to resonate.

How better it would have been if someone could have put the notes of ‘Raag Darbari’ in the ears of Pandit Srilal ji even when he was seriously ill. But it could not happen. Today’s date was sir, 28th October. It was the year 2011, when Pandit Srilal ji left the world. However, he has left behind his entire family, which remains the companion, companion of every reading and writing. The family of writing-reading, the family of tales-stories, the family of satires-novels. This family is going to live like this for years and years now.

That’s all for today. God Hafiz.

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