Thumris of Krishna Bhakti

After writing about Prabha Atre’s Mira bhakti in my earlier post, I return to the theme of devotion with the singer’s another Krishna thumri – “Kaun gali gayo shyaam.” But before we look at the song and its many other versions, let me share a few thoughts on the form of thumri. Patiala gharana singer…

Prabha Atre’s Mira bhakti

What is bhakti? Prostrating yourself before the gods to ask for a favour, again and again? Or taking arduous pilgrimages only to come back home to your misery and sufferings? Can bhakti mean devotion to something or someone for purely self-less reasons? Bhakti could be less and less of yourself and more and more of…