Rajesh Kumar Parasramani, a Sindhi Sarangi Player of India plays the tune of ‘Naale Alakh Je Berro Taar Munhjo’, as the original song of Bhagat Kanwar had also the Sarangi composition
“I have played the historic Sindhi song ‘Naale Alakh Je Berro Taar Munhjo’ on sarangi because while listening to the original song of Bhagat Kanwar Ram, I noticed that it was sung with sarangi in the background but later the same song sung by other singers were composed with piano, harmonium or other music instruments,” Rajesh Kumar Parasramani, a Sindhi sarangi player of India told Sindh Courier on phone from Chhattisgarh.
“I wanted to pay homage to Bhagat Kanwar Ram by playing the tune of his popular song on sarangi,” he said.
Bhagat Kanwar Ram was a great Sindhi singer and Sufi poet of Sindh. He was a disciple of saint Satram Das Sahib of Raharki. He was born on 13 April 1885 at village Jarwar of Sukkur district and was assassinated at Ruk railway station on November 01, 1939. He was and still is popular in both Hindu and Muslim Sindhi community of Sindh.
Rajesh said, “Before playing the Sarangi tune and video recording at my home, I listened to original song time and again very minutely to know the alap, (prelude of a raga), rhythm of dholak and other typical characteristics.”
Rajesh Kumar Parasrani, who also exclusively shared his video of this tune made at home, said, “Later I played the ‘Naale Alakh Je’ tune at a music concert which received big applause.
Rajesh Kumar Parasramani, whose ancestors belonged to Sehwan, Sindh, had recently achieved the World Record as the Fastest Sarangi Player, and his name has been included in International Book of Records.
He had also designed and developed his own Sindhi Sarangi and named it as ‘Parasramani Sarang’ after his surname.
Rajesh, a bank officer, has no eye-sight but a vision to strive and promote Sindhi Sarangi – a Sufi musical instrument.
Rajesh is a perfect example of the saying that ‘eyes are useless when mind is blind’. He is combination of several qualities – two of them are hard-working and the talent. Despite being completely blind from left eye and having a very little vision in right eye, Rajesh had been making strides for overcoming his disability, for the love of art.
He is officer at State Bank of India but spends most of his time, before and after the official duty, playing Sarangi.
Rajesh cannot see with eyes but his vision, thinking and language is very clear and has earnest desire to keep going on a path he has chosen – studying and learning. He did B. Pharmacy in 2009 and was appointed as Lecturer at a college. He was very young at that time and looked student rather a teacher. Later he joined the bank job. Currently he is doing Masters in Hindi literature and intends to do Ph.D.
He also writes poetry in Hindi language.
About the difference between Sindhi Sarangi and other kinds of Sarangis, Rajesh said, ”The strings in Sarangis are same – be it a Nepali Sarangi, Sindhi Sarangi or any other, but their tunes are different. The Sindhi Sarangi has Sufi (Mystic) tunes. And since I am a Sindhi, I want to promote Sindhi Sufi Sarangi.”
Rajesh, who has performed and presented his talent in a number of stage shows, and won the prizes, wants to continue learning different Ragas. “I don’t want to touch the heights. I would like to remain at intermediate level, as at this level there is always a space to learn more.”