*this work has not yet been completed
(all text written by Reena Bhansali)
Aa-ke dhun sunaao
Apni avaaz le-aao
Alag andaaz dikhaao
Come and sing us a tune
Bring your own voice
And show us a different style
II. Khattar Pattar
III. Behta Jaa
Na-daal khud pe tu zyaada zor
Bhool jaao duniya ka yeh saara shor
Nadi ke saath behta jaa
Havaa ke saath uṛta jaa
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Forget the noise of the world
Go on flowing with the river
Go on flying with the wind
recording will be available after the premiere
Special Performance Requirements
This work is designed specifically for youth choirs, and is available in SATB, SSAA and SAB arrangements. Each movement is in modern Hindi/Urdu, and audio guides are available to contextualize each of the pieces, both in language and style.
There is no need for any previous knowledge of Hindi or Hindustani music to perform this work: if this is your or your students’ first time encountering this language or style of singing – welcome! This is a great place to begin.
I will also say: if there is someone in your choir who is a native speaker of Hindi/Urdu (or even another South Asian language), this is a wonderful chance to utilize their abilities. It will be very easy for them to hear and coach correct pronunciation (especially of the ड़ sound, which is featured prominently in these pieces.)
At this time, audio guides are available for those in the commissioning consortium. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are part of the consortium and have not already received access to the audio guides.