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Welcome to my blog! I'm Hrishi from Pune, India. I am an earth system scientist currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at CU-Boulder. Here I mostly write (though not as frequently as I hope to) about my travels, landscape photography, scientific computing, book and film reviews, fitness, cooking, and science communication. Feel free to navigate based on the labels below. My website: hrishikeshac.wix.com/hchandan


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sheet music for Hindi songs: 1. 'Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen' from Waqt (1965)

I have always been fascinated by old Hindi film music. Growing up, there was hardly any other music I listened to. Later, I got introduced to, and liked several other genres, but my love for the old Hindi film songs never ceased. Over the years, I have learnt to play a few songs on Mandolin. Many of these songs were taught to me by Chandrakant Ronghe, an excellent mandolinist in Pune, who shares similar love for the old hindi and marathi songs.

When I uploaded a video of me playing such a song on mandolin, several people asked me for notations/ tabs. Requests were so diverse: some were for Indian style notations (Saa Re Ga Ma..), some for notations in A B C D, a few mandolinists asked for Tablatures and one person asked for staff notations! Now I know all these notations but I don't follow them, as I play simply by my ear. So I procrastinated over making notations as I didn't know which format to write in, and because it was equally tedious for me to write to any format rather than simply upload what I could play. But now I am trying to come up with a solution so that I can do my little bit in sharing such lovely songs to a greater audience.

Thankfully, with the help of TuxGuitar and Musescore, both open source freewares, I started writing sheet music for Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen from the film Waqt (1965). I chose this song simply because it was the one that occurred to me first, and also because it is such a lovely song, with excellent lyrics, and magical voice of Manna De. After encountering a few hurdles, I have completed the sheet music to the best of my abilities, and presenting it here. The sheet is not refined (you might see several instances where there are say two tied quarter notes instead of one half note), but it works as per my satisfaction.

I chose to write in staff notations because it is universal and could be played/transposed to several instruments. In the future, I hope to upload the Tabs too (I haven't been able to solve some problems with Tux Guitar and as a result cannot provide Tabs at present). I cannot learn music without audio, so I am glad to present the audio along with the sheet music.The file could be downloaded here. You can download Musescore and play the file on it and even edit/ refine it.

Please let me know if you like the song. I aim to write atleast one song per month.  Let's see how far it goes! :)

Aye Meri Johra Zabeen by hrishikeshac

To watch (and thereby torture yourself) me play this on mandolin: