Krishna Nee Begane Baro
mumbaigirl has a nice post about Krishna Nee Begane Baro
Jon Higgins, the American performer of Carnatic music, sang Krishna Nee in a leisurely, loving way, that I much prefer to faster paced versions. V Thiagarajan, a friend of Jon Higgins, apparently said this to SPAN magazine:
“A party of musicians, Jon among them, went to Udipi to see the Krishna temple. The American wore a dhoti and a kurta as was his custom in Madras . . . but he was much too fair complexioned to be an Indian, and the priests would not let him enter the temple…. So Jon stood where Kanakadasa the untouchable had stood centuries ago, to catch a glimpse of the idol from a distance as best he could. His musician friends stood with him, refusing to go inside the temple if Jon was not allowed. Then it occurred to one of them to ask Jon to sing the famous song, “Krishna, nee begane baro,” a composition in Kannada…. When the air was filled with the vibrant melody of his splendid voice there was no keeping away the crowds that gathered around to hear him. The priests, astonished, begged the singer to come in, and what Kanakadasa could not achieve, the foreigner did.”
Neyveli Santhanagopalan’s version is also leisurely, gentle and moving.
The slower versions may be considered boring by some, but they allow one to savour the compostion more.
KJ Yesudas, of the divine voice, unfortunately sounds as though he’s off to catch a train.
All these versions can be heard here.
Mahrajapuram Santhanam’s version is also on the same page.
In the meanwhile I keep looking for different versions…I’m sure everyone has their own favourite.
My favorite version of Krishna Nee Begane Baro is from “The Performing Child” episode of “Malgudi Days”.
This is the story of a little girl who has learnt to dance in the school. After watching her performance in school, a Film Director brings his Producer along for an at-home audition. The very idea of their coming thrills the parents who subject the girl to perform a dance before them at home.
The girl is asked to be brought to studio for the screen test. Fearing this, she hides herself as the time nears for her to go to the studio. The parents make a frantical search and they are frightened about her disappearance. Ultimately the mother realizes that the girl has hidden herself in a basket and fainted. When the little girl comes to her senses she pleads with the mother not to send her to acting. Mother, realizing the fright of the girl, concedes to her demand.