Rajan Parrikar Music Archive

Goa’s Garden of Melody

In November 2022 the Goa Heritage Action Group released a special print edition of their magazine Parmal at a function held in Panjim. This issue is devoted entirely to Music and carries the title Aicat Mozo Tavo (Listen to My Voice).

Mogubai Kurdikar

by Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal

Included in the magazine is my essay on the contributions of Goans to India’s Art music written on the request of the editors Jose Lourenço and Vivek Menezes. A draft copy of the article is here.

Jeevan dore tumhi sang bandhi…

Lata Mangeshkar
(28 September, 1929 – 6 February, 2022)

Movie: SATI SAVITRI (1964)
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Composers: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Marne ki Duaen – Kishore Kumar’s First Song

An impromptu rendition was uploaded to YouTube last week by his son. Kishore was not even 20 when he recorded the original, and wet behind the ears, he sounded unsure. On the other hand, this snippet from the mid-1970s reveals his voice at its most glorious.

Marne Ki Duaen Kyon Mangoon
Movie: ZIDDI (1948)
Lyricist: Professor Jazbi
Composer: Khemchand Prakash


An Old Recording of Mansur

Raga Kabiri Bhairav. Tabla support by Ganpat Parvatkar. A 1972 recording from a time when Rajshekhar* wasn’t around to soil the sheets.


* Mansur’s son and Professor of English Spelling.

Dhrupad Porn

The more self-righteous the pricks, the hornier they are. – Fifth Veda, Ch 11, Verse 6

A lot of sancari and abhog going on here. See this and this.

Lost Voices

These cylinder recordings were found some years ago by A.N. Sharma and Anukriti Sharma. See The Age before Vinyl for details. (In the event the link evaporates, it is archived here.)

Has anyone else confirmed these? It is curious that the only claimed recording of Vishnu Digambar has him singing baalam re and not a bhakti rasa composition, suggesting it was recorded before he turned his life entirely towards spiritual pursuits.

All the photographs below are taken from the book Mazha Sangeet Vyasang authored by Govindrao Tembe.

My thanks to Dr. Vishwesh Kulkarni for sending me the recordings.

Alladiya Khan
Alladiya Khan, Atrauli-Jaipur

Alladiya Khan, Atrauli-Jaipur


Vishnu Digambar Paluskar
Vishnu Digambar Paluskar

Vishnu Digambar Paluskar


Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale
Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale

Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale


Bhaurao Kolhatkar
Bhaurao Kolhatkar

Bhaurao Kolhatkar


A modern version of panchatunda nararundamaladhara by Vasantrao Deshpande is here.