FILM SONGS IN RAG DESH

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Aaji Ruth Kar Ab Kahan Jaiega
Film - Aarzu
Year - 1965
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dipchandi (Moghali)
Music Director(s) - Shankar, Jaikishan
Singer(s) - Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi
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Comments - This is an OK version of Desh


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Aap Ko Pyar Chupane Ki Buri Adat Hai
Film - Neela Akash
Year - 1965
Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava
Music Director(s) - Madan Mohan
Singer(s) - Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle
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Comments - This starts of as a surprisingly clear version of Desh.  However before too long, they begin to introduce accidentals and chromaticisms which somewhat detract from the rag.


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Beqasi Had Se Jab Guzar Jaye
Film - Kalpana
Year - 1960
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dadra
Music Director(s) - O.P. Nayyar
Singer(s) - Asha Bhosle
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Comments - There are a lot of liberties taken with this piece.  It seems like a mix of Khammaj and Desh with some other "massala" thrown in as well.  Don't use this as a benchmark to get a handle on how Desh moves.


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Chadariya Jhini Re Jhini
Film - (non-film song) album- "Live in Fiji"
Year - 1998
Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava
Music Director(s) -  
Singer(s) - Anup Jalota
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Comments - a kabir bhajan by Anup Jalota.  Pretty good example of Desh


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Dukh Ke Ab Din Bitat Nahi
Film - Devdas
Year - 1936
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dadra
Music Director(s) - Timir Baran
Singer(s) - K.L. Saigal
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Comments - This is a very good song to use as an example of how Desh moves.


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Gori Tore Naina, Nainava Kajar Bin Kare Kare
Film - Main Suhagan Hun
Year - 1964
Rag - Desh
Tal - Tintal (medium and fast)
Music Director(s) - Lachhiram
Singer(s) - Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi
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Comments - This is a pretty good example of rag Desh.  A few liberties are taken, but not many.


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Kadam Chale Age
Film - Bhakta Surdaas
Year - 1942
Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava
Music Director(s) - Gyan Dutt
Singer(s) - K.L. Saigal
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Comments - This is really a pretty good example of Desh.  You could use this a benchmark to get a feel for Desh.


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Mana Mere Haseen Sanam
Film - The Adventures Of Robinhood
Year - 1965
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dadra
Music Director(s) - G.S. Kohli
Singer(s) - Mohd. Rafi
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Comments - Is this really Desh?  I will leave it to you to decide.  The notes are there and there is an occasional colour of Desh, but by and large, it just does not move like Desh.


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Mere Pyar Men Tujhe Kya Mila
Film - Maan
Year - 1954
Rag - Desh
Tal - Rupaktal
Music Director(s) - Anil Biswas
Singer(s) - Lata Mangeshkar
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Comments - This starts off as a first rate example of Desh.  However after the first interlude, I guess the bhang started to kick in.  For whatever reason, they started to mix other rags.  Still the beginning portion is so pure that you can use this as a benchmark for Desh


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Milne Ka Din Aa Gaya
Film - Tadbir
Year - 1945
Rag - Desh
Tal - Fast Kaherava
Music Director(s) - Lal Mohammad
Singer(s) - K.L. Saigal / Suraiya
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Comments - Pretty good example of Desh


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Paadave Ragamayi
Film - Seeta-Rama Kalyanam
Year - 1961
Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava
Music Director(s) - G.Narasimharao
Singer(s) - P. Susheela
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Comments - This piece is a bit problematic.  It has the notes of Desh but the movement of Tilak Kamod.  Therefore categorising it as either one poses problems.  Since it ultimately comes down to a judgement call, we are calling it Desh.  If you listen to it and decide you want to call it Tilak Kamod, fine, go for it.


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Phir Kahin Koi Phul Khila
Film - Anubhav
Year - 1971
Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava
Music Director(s) - Kanu Roy
Singer(s) - Manna Dey
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Comments - This is Desh-ish.  Although it contains many Desh elements, it just does not move like Desh.


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Sainya Ja Ja Mose Na Bolo Kahe Ko Neha Lagaye
Film - Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje
Year - 1955
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dadra
Music Director(s) - Vasant Desai
Singer(s) - Lata Mangeshkar
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Comments - This is not exactly a textbook case of Desh but still we can consider it to be this rag.


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Takdir Ka Fasaana
Film - Sehraa
Year - 1963
Rag - Desh
Tal - Dadra
Music Director(s) - Ramlal Hirapanna
Singer(s) - Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
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Comments - Pretty good example of Desh


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Vande Mataram
Film - Non Film Song
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Rag - Desh
Tal - Kaherava (Bhajan ka Theka)
Music Director(s) -
Singer(s) - Lata Mangeshkar
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Lyrics - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~navin/india/songs/isongs/3/334.html
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Comments - One must remember that there are several versions of this song, and they are not all in Desh.  The Anand Math (1952) is not in Desh.  The Kabhi Khush, Kabhi Gham version is not in Desh, It is the original, non-film version which is Desh


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