May 12, 2010

Compilation of Asa Ki Vaar (The Ballad of Hope)

Here is a list of some Asa ki Vaar recordings that I like. Also notice our blog post related to this topic: Asa KI Vaar or Asa DI Vaar?

The first recording one is done by Bhai Baljeet Singh and Bhai Gurmeet Singh with tanti saaz (although a better mastering job is definitely possible here):

Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Baljeet Singh, Bhai Gurmeet Singh

The second one by Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shaant starts with a melodius Bhinni Rainariye in an ever majestic and hopeful taal Deepchandi:

Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shaant

At Gurmatchanan.com there is a compilation of Asa ki Vaar from various Ragis: Gurmatchanan.com Asa ki Vaar. Others that I like here are:

Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Rajinder Singh
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Inderjeet Singh
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Kirpal Singh
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Tejinder Singh
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Taralbir Singh
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Sukhwinder Singh

Some rare recordings:
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Lal
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Surjan Singh

For the classical music enthusiast, its worth noting that several morning Raags are used in Asa ki Vaar; I have yet to hear an Asa ki Vaar sung entirely in Raag Asa.

For example the following is just the beginning of Asa ki Vaar -- a polished recording, but the flute starts with Asa Maand not Asa (thats a usual problem when you ask an Indian classical musician to play Asa, they do Asa Maand). Notice how Asa transitions into Bilawal in the middle.
Asa ki Vaar - Bhai Balwinder Singh

Other resources:
Info on Asa ki vaar: http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Asa_di_Var
Text and Translation - http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Asa_di_var_Page_1

Katha - Asa ki Vaar - Sant Singh Maskeen
Videos
A nice series of videos of Bhai Ravinder Singh singing Asa ki Vaar:










Another one worth mentioning features the classic Bhai Surjan Singh ...



... who sings the omnipresent "Jo Mangeh Thakur" as part of Asa ki vaar:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

just dropping by to say hello

Amrit Pal Singh said...

What is the difference between Raag Asa and Raag Asa Maand ?