Kahe Ched Mohe

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A Masterpiece of Music - Kaahe Chhed Mohe Music is embedded in the life of south Asians in various forms. There are songs that are sang for birth, engagement, wedding, death, romance, seasons, and most importantly for entertainment. Indian movie industry produces thousands of film songs each year that expands over various Indian and International musical genres. One such song that encompasses the soul of traditional Indian classical music is Kaahe Chhed Mohe (Why does he tease me?) from the movie Devdas. Tragic love story of Devdas and Paro, once again came to the golden screen in the form of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s epic Devdas in July 2002. Bhansali collaborated with Ismail Darbar for the music of this film. Both film and its soundtrack became a major blockbuster. Devdas’s music rights were sold to Universal for ostentatious amount of twelve crores. The soundtrack included twelve songs which included romantic songs, mujra songs, playful songs, and a traditional classical. The classical song Kaahe Chhed Mohe did not become as big of a commercial success as other songs due to more demand of peppy songs in general; still this song is a masterpiece in itself. The song takes place in a brothel house, where one of the protagonists of the movie, Chandramukhi – a courtesan, is entertaining her clients. Pandit Birju Maharaj, an esteemed kathak dancer, who also sang the song along with Kavita K. Subramanium and Madhuri Dixit, wrote and choreographed the song. The song lyrics are true to classical genre the song is portraying. Song lyrics start in the voice of Birju Maharaj reciting verses in the praise of Chandramukhi’s beauty – “How lovely are her curl; filled with braided jasmine; her face is brilliant as lightning.” Then Chandramukhi comes in and lyrics change to her singing about Lord Krishna teasing her. It seems

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