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Songs that contain Sargam in lyrics


It is a good idea, for beginners and amateur flute players, to practice songs which already have Sargam in them, like, this Asha Bhonsle Song – “Piya Bawari…” which has Sargam inside its lyrics. 

Why? Because you can play such songs on any flute without actually worrying about the ‘scale.’  And then once you have developed the muscle memory of your fingers, then you can pick up a flute that matches the correct scale of that song.  And thus, you will be able to play that song smoothly on the correct scale as well.

Here is a list of few such songs that contain Sargam inside their lyrics:

1. Sa re ga ma, ma sa re ga (Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi)

2. Diwana mastana hua dil (Rafi, Asha)

3. Tere bin tere bin (Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal)

4. Laga chunri me daag (Manna De)

5. Sare ke sare (Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle)

6. Jab deep jale (Yesudas)

7. Pa pamagare sa (Bengali song, Lata Mangeshkar)

8. Piya bawri (Asha Bhonsle)

9. Something in the way you smile (Hariharan)

10. Mere dholna (Shreya Ghoshal)

11. Nisa gama pani sare ga (Yesudas)

12. Pag ghungroo (Kishore Kumar)

13. Afreen afreen (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

14. Kaha se aye badra (Yesudas)

15. Nindiya se jagi bahar (Lata Mangeshkar)

16. Tu mera hero hai (Anuradha Paudwal)

17. Dawat-e-ishq hai (Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan)

18. Lagi tumse mann ki lagan (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

19. Madhuban me radhika (Mohd. Rafi)

20. Tu jo mere sur me (Yesudas, Hemlata)

21.  Albela Sajan Aayo Ri (Kavita K, S Mahadevan, Ustad Sultan Khan)

22. Ek radha ek meera (Lata Mangeshkar)

24. Bol n halke halke (Rahat FA Khan, Mahalakshmi Iyer)

25. Fulgendwa n maro (Manna De)

If you also have such songs in mind, then please mention those in the comment section below so that this list become robust and useful for all of us.


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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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