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Coffee Houser Sheyi Adda Ta


Singer : Manna De
Lyrics :  Gauriprashanna Majumder
Music : Suparnakanti Ghosh
Album : Coffee House (1983)

Flute used for the notations: F#

This is one of the landmark songs in Bengali music.  Manna De puts emotions in the lyrics of this song that illustrates the role of a coffee house in the lives of seven friends.

I have tried to jot down all the parts of this song including prelude, interludes and all five stanzas.  Pay attention in playing Komal Nishad (n) and Komal Dhaiwat (d) wherever indicated.

coffee house manna de song

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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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