Daaro Waari

2018

Lagan Bina is a fantasy for String Quartet and Hindustani Vocalist, on a Sur Daas Bhajan by Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande.

Duration: 5'

Recorded by Saili Oak and Salastina Chamber Music Society on Beyond, released by Toro Records, 2019

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Text:

Mukha para chanda daaro waari |

Kutil kachu par bhaur vaaro, bhauha par dhanu vaari ||

Jay jay Sri Govinda Shyaam

Jay jay Sri Gopala Shyaam

Bhaal-kesari-tilak chavi par, madan-sar sat vaari |

Manu chali bahi sudha-dhara, nirakhi man dyon vaari ||

Nanda nandana kuwara Shyaam

Rupa sundara sughar Shyaam

Nain sursati-jamuna-ganga, upam daaro vaari |

Meen khanjan mrugaj vaaro, kamal ke kul vaari ||

Radha hridaya harana Shyaam

Bansi Adhara dharan Shyaam

Sur Daas

Note:

The Indian concept and sense of “Daaro waari” is difficult to translate in the non-

Indian language. An approximation would be “I would renounce a valuable article

in favor of something dear to my heart”. “Mukha par Chandra daro vaari” would

mean "I would give up the beautiful moon for the Lord’s face...” and the chain of

comparison and renunciation between objects of natural beauty and the Lord’s

features goes on, never mentioning whose description it is. The song is interspersed

with the periodic chanting of “Shri Govind Shyam”, which is not a part of the

original text of the song and is an artistic liberty taken by the composer (Ashwini

Bhide Deshpande). -- Saili Oak