I am listening to a wonderful song now... and will provide the link here as well... so that you too can listen to it. It is the song "Aaoge Jab Tum Saajana" from the superhit hindi romantic movie "Jab We Met". Written and directed by the very talented Imtiaz Ali, and starring (the pre-size zero) Kareena Kapoor (as Geet Dhillon) and (the young, quiet and mature looking) Shahid Kapoor (as Aditya Kashyap), in their fourth film together... and their first "full-fledged romantic drama". This mesmerizing song has been sung by Ustad Rashid Khan. Listen to it (preferably with your eyes closed.) It really is a lovely song... which will touch your heart every time you listen to it! Here is the YouTube link.
Imtiaz Ali's latest direction Love Aaj Kal, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone was also very successful. He debuted in Bollywood as a director... with Socha Na Tha in 2005 with Abhay Deol (his debut movie as well, and produced by his Uncle Dharmendra) and Ayesha Takia in the lead. Despite its box office failure, the movie won critical acclaim. Dharmendra, is an award-winning Bollywood film star who has appeared in more than 200 Hindi-language films, including the iconic Sholay (1975).
"Sankarabaranam" is the Carnatic music. "Hamsadhwani" and "Shankara" are both "Bilawal thaat". Here is some info on Raag Bilawal.
The basic mode of reference in modern Hindustani practice (known commonly as the shuddha - basic - form) is a set which is equivalent to the Western Ionian mode — this is called Bilawal thaat in Hindustani music (the Carnatic analogue would be Sankarabharanam).
Here is Vidushi Kishori Amonkar rendering the "Raag Alhaiya Bilawal" (Link) Her voice is divine... she is lost yet attentive and carefully stringing each pearl of "Swar". And the violin is so beautiful, absolutely marvellous!
Vidushi Kishori Amonkar is a noted Indian classical vocalist. She sings khyal in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana style. She is also popularly known as "Gana Saraswati" (translation: the Saraswati of Singing)
Amir Khusro: He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amīr Khusrow was not only a notable poet but also a prolific and seminal musician. He wrote poetry primarily in Persian, but also in Hindavi.
He is regarded as the "father of qawwali" (the devotional music of the Indian Sufis). He is also credited with enriching Hindustani classical music by introducing Persian and Arabic elements in it, and was the originator of the khayal and tarana styles of music. The invention of the tabla is also traditionally attributed to Amīr Khusrow. Amir Khusrau used only 11 metrical schemes with 35 distinct divisions. He has written Ghazal, Masnavi, Qata, Rubai, Do-Beti and Tarkibhand.
Photographs: (Courtesy Wikipedia)
1. Vasant Ragini, Ragamala, Rajput, Kota, Rajasthan. 1770. Vasant is the 'Raga' of spring. The painting depicts Lord Sri Krishna dancing with the 'gopis' (Author: Anonymous).
3. Alexander Visits the Sage Plato, page from a dispersed manuscript of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi. Mughal miniature attributed to Basawan, Lahore, 1597/87.