Inspiration for the Week: My Inspirations by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

This is a release by Navras (I think) of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan talking about famous musicians who inspired him – thanks to Musicindiaonline for uploading this album. Since this is in English, it’s easily understood by everyone. In particular, I relished the Malkauns by Khansahib Bade Ghulam Ali Khan: Mandir Dekh Dare Sudama (based on the story of Sudama returning after meeting Krishna to find his hut replaced by a grand palace) – here’s a Youtube video of the original rendition : what a gem !

Lyrics are hard to follow but rasikas on the indian classical usenet group have found the following from Malti Gilani’s biography of the legendary Ustad:


mandar dekh Dare sudAmA       (Sudama is fearful on seeing the temple(palace)
yA to atI morI vAm manRaiyA   (my humble hut -where is it)
kaun bhUp utare, sudAmA         (which king has arrived here -or- which king decided to bring down my hut)


ek taraf hAthI jhUlat hai   (on one side there are elephants)
dUje asab khaRe                 (horses on the other side)
ek taraf shivjI baithe          (on one side is Lord Shiva)
hIre ratan jaRe                    (decked in diamonds and other gems)

With such short lyrics, it’s hard to get definitive translation- the antara is easy for anyone knowing a bit of Hindi and related dialects of North India.

My personal favourite is Ustad Amir Khan’s “Aaj More Ghar Aayi Na Balma” -lyrics have been provided by one of the comments

3 thoughts on “Inspiration for the Week: My Inspirations by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

    1. Hello Bhuvanesh
      Thank you very much for your comments and links to the Youtube videos. Unfortunately, the previous links have indeed expired due to account suspension. For some reason, your notation did not come through, however,it appears that you have put them as comments in the Youtube video itself – thanks for that.
      Regards, Rahul

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