Piya Basanti' that his voice gained stupendous recognition among the young music listeners. Piya Basanti, with its soft musical curves, remains a top favorite till date.
Padmabhushan Ustad Sultan Khan first gained fame through his extraordinary mastery over the Sarangi, one of the most difficult traditional Indian string instruments, which he learnt under the tutelage of his father Gulab Khan. If you have not heard the notes of his Sarangi, trust me, you are missing out on one of the simplest pleasures of life. Besides being a glorious sarangi player, he is also a prolific singer. In fact, of all his works, what I hold favorite is his first vocal album, titled Sabras. In each song of that album, you can get a taste of the bewitching notes of his Sarangi, combined with the wondrous rustic beauty of his voice, set to either folk or classical tunes. 'Nadi Re Kinaare' is my pick from them all.
|A still from Leja Leja, from the album Ustad And The Divas|
One of the most-read articles on my blog is Kate Nahi Raat Mori, a post which extols the eponymous song set to his very voice. If there had to be just one song I could recommend to someone oblivious to the charms of Ustad ji's voice, it would be this one. A lot many people landed on the earlier post while searching for its lyrics, as my blog stats later revealed. I'll end this post with the lyrics of the same song, which continuously reverberated in the background as I wrote this post. Praying for his soul.
Kate nahi raat mori,
Piya Tore Kaaran, kaaran.
Kaare-kaare baadal chaaye,
Dekh dekh ji lalchaaye,
Kaise aaoon paas tihaare,
Bhool gaye more saajan.
Bheega bheega mausam aaya,
Piya ka sandesa laaya,
Manwa ko chain na aawe,
Tarse hai mori raina.
|In the colors of his land. Ustad Sultan Khan belonged to Jodhpur, and was cremated there yesterday.|