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Old 12-10-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Indian Subcontinent Culture

I was wondering if there is any Bahai songs in the Indian subcontinental cultural context. And I mean in the lines of the Bhakti/Sufi movement which defines the modern-day "traditional devotional music". These forms of music are so rooted in a universal embrace of divine spirituality, they will drive any eager heart into mystical ecstacy (especially if they can understand the words).
I know the subcontinent has the world's highest Bahai population (along with world's highest human population lol) but I feel maybe the media/online outreach is not that great. I have come across only one Bahai bhajan online. No qawwalis, no kirtans, no baul-fakirs strumming up songs to Bahaullah on their dotaras and soulful voices.
I'm wondering if I have to start composing my own music
 
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Upadhyay:

The only site I know of that might be close to what you're interested in that I know of could be at

Baha'i Prayers and Songs : Prof. Anil Sarwal : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Let me know what you think...
 
Old 12-11-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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That's definitely more than I ever dug up. Thank you.

The music does sound like it was recorded in the 1930s though LOL. I think I'll have to compose my own
 
Old 12-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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That's definitely more than I ever dug up. Thank you.

The music does sound like it was recorded in the 1930s though LOL. I think I'll have to compose my own
More power to you!
 
Old 12-17-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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I was wondering if there is any Bahai songs in the Indian subcontinental cultural context.
Pandit Ravi Shankar put quite a few Hidden Words to music for the dedication of the Baha'i Temple in Delhi. You can see it here:

Voices Of Baha, 2010 India, with Choda Bavaray recording - YouTube
 
Old 12-19-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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Pandit Ravi Shankar put quite a few Hidden Words to music for the dedication of the Baha'i Temple in Delhi. You can see it here:

Voices Of Baha, 2010 India, with Choda Bavaray recording - YouTube

I like Ravi Shankar, but it has a different niche than what I'm talking of. I was under the impression that the Bahai Faith has penetrated deep into the rural hinterland of the subcontinent. The Faith won't be truly indigenized until there is Bahai music that sounds like this:
Arman Phakir - BaNsheete Koirachhe Kolonkini/url]

[urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWvEYprV7kI]Koi Bole Ram Ram Koi Khudae
 
Old 12-19-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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All in good time Upadhaya..all in good time...
 
Old 12-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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Oh yes I know it will happen. The guy in the first video, I went visited his village earlier this year. Definitely want to learn how to play that instrument (dotara) under his training, and start putting some Bahai devotional themed lyrics over them.
 
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