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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bharath Ek Khoj

Thanks to google, today I was able to hunt down the mp3 version of one of my favorite title songs. I have been searching high and low for quite long, for the audio version of the titles of Bharath Ek Khoj (Discovery of India).

To the unacquainted, it was a hugely successful TV series that played on DD (in India) in the mid & late 80s. It recounted the 'not-so -short' history of the country in no insignificant detail. I wouldnt like to elaborate further and get into debates of whether Nehru's interpretation of history was accurate enough. Nor do I remember much beyond a few vivid scenes that include Alexander atop a war-tower, Porus in chains, power lunches where Chanakya taught Chandragupta the nuances of political strategy, an enraged Kautilya in Nanda's court, Asoka, the Kalinga War etc.

Though I was not a regular viewer, I was always in rapt attention whenever I was watching as the title songs aired. The titles, both at the beginning and end of each episode, enchanted me. I think part of the appeal was because, just like the serial itself, they were so unembellished, so devoid of any adornments. I also seemed to have a taste for the rythmic cadence of the chants. Anyhow, they left a very strong impact on me. Something that mixed with the fogging of childhood memories, inevitably assumed an almost unquestionable axiomatic aura.

Coming back, I somehow successfully hunted it down in the dark alleys of the internet, that super-sniffer google aiding me in locating the threads of a message board. I have now uploaded the songs to my webspace and have provided links here for the people who might end up here (perhaps again, due to google !!) looking for the same thing. Though this version doesnt exactly sound like the way I remember it, Id like to attribute my mild disillusionment to the mediocre quality of the sound files :)

And to become the one-stop source for this song, I have also included here the lyrics to the title songs of Bharath Ek Khoj. I should also thank profusely, the member of 'Nukkad' a Mumbai based mailin-list-cum-message-board whose enterprise has made my quest fruitful. Thank you.




Blogger Nil said...

Hey Ram,
I too smell that nostalgic 'rythmic cadence of the chants'.. All I remember is the ending 'Nahi hai Pata, Nahi hai pata'! It takes me back to the school days! This is sure a treasure resource from you dude!

My network doesn't allow me to download the tracks, but will definitely smuggle them in somehow!!

And what is that google Ad links over the right for??

Thu Aug 26, 08:01:00 AM CDT 
Blogger Anand said...

Ram, have you got the news about Dr Devarajan passing away? Really sad man. I gues ma'am is the one who is really upset. I haven't met Dinesh yet.

Sat Sep 04, 11:53:00 PM CDT 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, thats what I call a useful post. Thanx for the song - sAm

Fri Sep 24, 12:21:00 AM CDT 
Blogger Aditya said...

thanks ram for the mp3s!! liked your pics too ....

let me know if you find the title track of chandraprakash dwiwedi's serial "chanakya"

Tue Oct 19, 09:19:00 AM CDT 
Blogger SBR said...

Thanks Ram; Aditya referred to your blog about this mp3.
Feel pretty nostalgic...

Wed Oct 20, 10:49:00 AM CDT 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ram,

I am really looking for CD/DVD or video cassets of Bharat ek Khoj.. Do you know where to get it from

Wed Sep 28, 06:57:00 AM CDT 
Blogger RamV said...

Hi Modi,
I assume you are talking about the title songs of Bharath Ek Khoj. No, I have no idea where one can get CD/DVD versions of the songs. I assume you know abt the mp3 songs that I have available for download on my blog.

I did however read somewhere that there is a full DVD version of the whole television series. I am not sure where one can get it though. If you do find out about that, please let me know too. Id be ready to snap up a copy.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help in your search.

Wed Sep 28, 05:31:00 PM CDT 
Blogger Sabarish Sasidharan said...

Thanks a lot Ram for hunting it down... I was searching vainly for cd/dvd of the whole series in the middle of my work today ! Unfortunately couldn't track anything down. But iam happy i could atleast hear the tracks here. Thanks a lot!
The verses appear to be from Rig Veda... How beautifully written right? Imagine our ancestors 1000s of years back thought and wrote this. And we are sharing it today over the internet. Wow !!! Amazing. And how beautifully they have said... Only the one above, God, knows how the world came into being. May be even he doesn't know... Wah !

Wed May 10, 08:06:00 PM CDT 
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Blogger Kumar Vaibhav said...

Hay Ram,

I am very very thankfull to you to provide one of the hepnotic chant of "Bharat Ek Khoj", which reminds me the deep memories of my childhood. Though at that time, I did not like the serial because I was too small to understand the significance of it but the title song attracted me because of the hidden power of our great Indian culture. Also its' your great affort to provide the lyrics also.
Kumar Vaibhav

Tue Nov 27, 10:57:00 AM CST 
Blogger 2coolman said...

Thanks a ton!! These title songs have a great nostalgic value they take me back to my school days. Sunday mornings when we had a few programs on tv but we loved it ;-) …..Thanks once again

Tue Jun 03, 01:14:00 PM CDT 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ram,

I am a great fan of Bharath Ek Khoj. Thanks a ton for the song. Appreciate your effort in making it available easily for others.


Wed Jul 01, 03:35:00 AM CDT 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Ram for this wonderful mp3....the power of the song, the truth, is hard to forget.
Thanks again,

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