When you do see, why don’t you observe When you do hear, why don’t you listen…

When I wrote a post on the reactions to TM Krishna getting the Magsaysay award, there were two points I had mentioned among others.

The first is that the Bhakti aspect of the music is very Hindu based and had very little to represent other religions, if at all.

And the second point was that whatever be the views of TMK be, as a musician he is excellent. There are people who mix his views with his art and are unable to appreciate what he has got to offer through his music because of their opinion on what he writes or speaks. I never understood that particular stance.

It was a surprise this morning when I got hold of a song TMK had performed in a recent concert of his. He had taken a very popular tamil song on Allah and had rendered it as a classical Carnatic Music composition. This covered both of the points I had mentioned by bringing in a popular composition on Allah and delivering it as a very beautiful Carnatic song.

The rendition of this song by Sri. Nagore Hanifa has been a favorite of many and if you have not listened to it, you should hear it first.

Am providing the lyrics for those who may be interested

அல்லாவை நாம் தொழுதால்
சுகம் எல்லாமே ஓடி வரும்
அந்த வல்லோனை நினைத்திருந்தால்
நல்ல வாழ்க்கையும் தேடி வரும்
பள்ளிகள் பல இருந்தும்
பாங்கோசை கேட்ட பின்பும்
பள்ளி செல்ல மனம் இல்லையோ
படைத்தவன் நினைவில்லையோ
வழிகாட்ட மறை இருந்தும்
வள்ளல் நபி சொல்இருந்தும்
விழி இருந்தும் பார்ப்பதில்லையோ
செவி இருந்தும் கேட்பதில்லையோ
இறையோனின் ஆணைகளை
இதயத்தில் ஏற்றிடுவோம்
இறைதூதர் போதனையை
இகமெங்கும் பரப்பிடுவோம்

TMK has sung this as a very beautiful, soothing Behag. And one that is as good as Behag can get. If someone is not listening to this track because of the lyrics, the loss is theirs. I have listened this many times ever since I got it and I am overjoyed every time not just because of what the lyrics are but because what a lovely Behag this is.

I am happy to share the joy with you all, after obtaining necessary permissions.

PS: The title is my translation of a couple of lines I love from this song .