Majhiya Mana

Rutu Hirwa is a album very close to my heart because it is linked to that phase of my childhood when I actually fell in love with music and especially singing. I still remember the day mom bought the cassette of the album. I inherited the love for Asha Bhosle from my mom. When this album came out, it was out of stock for a long time My mom had gone to do some work in the city and she casually checked in a ‘music store’ (Gen Z wouldn’t know that these physically, conceptually existed) and there it was “Rutu Hirwa” on the New Arrivals rack. She bought it and hurried home. I still remember her excited face when she entered home and told us what she had got that day.

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I have had Rutu Hirwa on loop (read : Side A Change Side B Repeat ) for so many years on the tape recorder in my room. I remember each song with each music piece and every musical instrument played in it. The timing and phase in which we are exposed to music makes a huge difference in our lives.

Majhiya Mana is a lesser known song from the album. I love this composition by Shreedhar ji Phadke and it ranks amongst my top 2 songs from this album. Which are yours?

Kata Rute Kunala

I have a very unique cozy feeling whenever I think/talk about Shanta bai Shelke. I am unfortunate to have not had the privilege to meet her, but I always feel I have always met her. Whenever I think of my Aaji, I feel like Im thinking about Shantabai Shelke. She feels like my aaji, who used to love me so much, care about me, read me stories and bless me with well-being. Amongst all the songs written by her, I never had the opportunity to sing ‘Kata Rute Kunala’ and this is my first and honest attempt. I have had the opportunity to perform and interact with a lot of disciples & ardent followers of Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. This is my interpretation of this masterpiece by Panditji and I have tried to sing it the way I understood it.

There is so much treasure in our old literature and I am having the best time in digging gems out and attempting to sing them. Is there anything you would like to listen to in my voice ? Please do drop in the suggestions in the comments ! Thank you for listening and supporting always!