Tu hai mera prem devta, by Antara Nanda Mondal

There are duels and there are battles. But for me, the most engrossing duel is this electrifying dance sequence by the sisters Ragini and Padmini.

For me, actresses from the South mean mesmerizing dances with the most amazing expressions from oh…those large dark eyes!!

And this song emphatically puts together all that – just look at those mudras and the flashing eyes that go in perfect harmony with the astounding rendition by Mohd Rafi and Manna Dey.

Now this is something intrinsic to Indian classical dance – men sing, women dance! And what better way to present it than this dance that picks pace gradually and climbs to a crescendo, reaching a frenetic zenith where the two dancers are matched eye to eye till one is flung to the ground. But even in the defeat is a mutual respect for the other’s expertise. Wish all duels ended this way with the two competitors appreciating each other’s control over their craft.

I believe Lord Shiva would have been impressed at this flawless tandava.

Hoke rahegi jeet usiki
Jiski kala se Shankar jaage

OP Nayyar steps aside from his usual style to compose an innately classical dance piece while Qamar Jalalabadi writes the most interesting lines:

Man ki pyaas bujhaane aayi
antarghat tak pyaasi hoon main

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Written on 17th August 2017

Gifted writer Antara Nanda Mondal lives in Delhi, and is a Consulting Editor at Silhouette magazine, and also Creative Director at Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt, Ltd.

2 thoughts on “Tu hai mera prem devta, by Antara Nanda Mondal

  1. Antara, these songs are so huge, I feel intimidated trying to uncover the layers they seem to be clad in…Kudos to you for this!
    Loved this “But even in the defeat is a mutual respect for the other’s expertise. “

  2. Beautifully introduced, and what a song!

    “I believe Lord Shiva would have been impressed at this flawless tandava.

    Hoke rahegi jeet usiki
    Jiski kala se Shankar jaage”

    Of course the Lord will have been impressed, and now with your essay 🙂

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