Kesariya Balam Aao Ni Padharo Mare Des

I first heard this Rajasthani Folk tune sung on SaReGaMaPa 2007 by Raja Hassan. Fantastic Tune, and Fantastic singing.
Here’s what I could manage to play after re-listening to it just twice. I added my own random alaaps and mistakes :)

Personally I’m happier with the Audio recording in my previous post, but this still feels quite OK, so I’ve put it up.

I read in the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, that true mastery of a skill is only achieved after about 10,000 hours of practice. Makes great sense.
After some rough calculations, I’m guessing that I have only about 800 hours worth of practice, including all my lessons.. hahah. ( But in all fairness, I spend quite a lot of time listening to Indian Classical Music. Ustad-ji says listening and trying to pick up nuances from other great musicians is very, very important. )

I’ve come up with 2 conclusions.
1) I can really appreciate the effort and dedication that professional musicians must to put into their practice.
2) As an enthusiast, I’m very grateful for whatever I can do now.

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17 thoughts on “Kesariya Balam Aao Ni Padharo Mare Des”

  1. u have managed to catch the true soul of this music very beutifully keep it up

  2. acording to me it is the best sfolk song of rajasthan. wo sare log jo iss gane ko bura batate hei wo suar ki pedaish hein.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<????????????????

  3. Hi Manav Jee:
    I have been trying to play Kesariya (rendition by you)
    I need to know which notes you are Meending (to coin a new word)for the first 2-3 lines

  4. Hello ji,
    That’s REALLY hard to explain.

    Basically how I was taught is – “Do all the practice exercises (including the meends) until you’re familiar with them enough to be able to catch someone doing them when you listen to them play – and then just play along”

    I can tell you that it’s all shudh notes , plus a ni komal embellishment sometimes.

    You’re going to have to keep listening and keep trying.

    It’ll take me a couple of hours at least to listen and type out the notations.
    If you REALLY need them , let me know – I’ll try. ( but I’m really bad at it )

  5. Hello Manav Jee:
    I have practised the Meend & other exercises and am able to play them fairly well.

    I can play a few lines of “Kesariya” as well. I think you are playing with a TAR Shehnai (Sound Box), which I do not have, hence the sound is quite different, which is perhaps why I am not catching the sequence of notes.

    What I am hearing in the initial play is:
    .N R G P
    D S. N D (MEEND D – S., N , D)
    P N D P (MEEND P – N, D, P)
    .N R G P
    D P P P

    I would really appreciate if you could NOTATE the following for me:
    1. Sthai or Gut
    2. Antara
    3. Atleast one Taan

    Followed your suggestion. I now have a Violin Bow, and the sound is MUCH BETTER

    Thanks for your help

  6. Season’s greetings:

    In your videos, I noticed that you DO NOT have TAR SHEHNAI attachment, yet the sound coming across is quite loud and clear and sometimes with a SHEHNAI twang. Perhaps this is because of a sound amplification device. If such is the case, please let me know the Make / Model etc.


  7. Hello ji,

    I use a regular Canon point-and-shoot digital camera (for photos) to take video.
    The mic on it is quite sensitive.

    the Twang is due to the mic picking up the vibrations from the sympathetic strings as Im sitting quite close to it.

    No amplification :)

  8. What is the license of the music piece. Can I use it in non-commercial work ? I will give credits to you.


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