Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie TANSEN

TANSEN Bollywood Hindi Movie DVD ReleaseMar 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The magnitude of contribution to North Indian Hindustani Classical music by Tansen (Miyan Tansen aka Ramtanu Pandey), one of the Navaratnas in the court of Akbar in the 16th century, remains unmatched by any single person in the ageless history of Shastriya music, except perhaps that of the other legend -  Amir Khusro. It is a common belief in India that Tansen could control fire and weather by singing, and few doubt the claim that Tansen could cause rainfall by the power of his vocal performance of Raga Malhar, which he himself composed. Also beyond dispute in India is the fact that Tansen died of a fire caused by spontaneous combustion when he was singing Raga Deepak.

Tansen's legendary compositions that are as powerful as they are timeless are mainstays of Indian classical Ragas, including Raga Malhar and Raga Todi. His literary pieces Sangeeta Sara and Rajmala remain mandatory reading for any student of Indian classical music till this day.

DVD RELEASE: Tansen is a classic in Bollywood Indian Cinema. Fortunately, this film has been now released on DVD (available online here).

For folks in the Indian cinema industry, Tansen's life and achievements is great material for period movies. Film-maker Jayant Desai took up the challenging task of making a movie as grand as the court of the Emperor Akbar and Tansen, and delivered a visual feast in 1943 starring K L Saigal, Khurshid, Mubarak, Kamala Chatterjee, Bhagwandas and others. Music director Khemchand Prakash took on the difficult task of composing and directing music for a movie on Miyan Tansen! Tansen (1943) was the first superhit for Kundan Lal Saigal as an actor.

In late 2008, Bollywood hero Abhishek Bachchan made news with being identified to play Tansen in a new Tansen Hindi movie planned release. News about a new Tansen movie has resurfaced, with the Press Trust Of India reporting Satish Kaushik as the director of the new TANSEN.

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