Bringing Nature’s intricacies to the mix this Season, is the story of Miyan Ki Malhaar. A raag that is based on the rainy season, in this presentation of the raag, the song sees the flow of the oncoming rain first heard from afar, flowing into the drizzle and finally into the crash of lightning and thunder in its full downpour.
Ayesha Omar opens the song with her presentation of the raag, reminiscing about the beauty of the raag that is known to actually cause rain in classical tradition. The underlying tone of the verses’ cyclic chants is one of imminent release – an almost looming feel that is felt in the instrumentation by the band in Serbia and distinctly felt in the groove of the bass line.
The song’s flow further transitions into the calm before the storm – vocally portrayed by Fariha Pervez’s rendition of the raag and musically flowing into an ambient space of lingering frequencies accentuated by percussive elements by Turkey’s Burhan Hasdemir and Nepal’s Siddharta Maharjan. As the song reaches its brim, the downpour follows in all its glory as the vocals fall into Zara Madani bringing the clap and thunder of the storm in the song’s freefall into Rock as seen through the guitar accents by Asad Ahmed and Faraz Anwar.
Rustam Fateh Ali Khan – an avid believer in the raag’s connection with Nature – completes the story’s composition in downpour in his Sargam. The overall composition is the result of various faces of the same raag that fall into place to tell the story of the life of Rain through the life of a Raag.
Singer: Ayesha Omar – Fariha Pervez – Zara Madani – Rustam Fateh Ali Khan
Watch Miyan ki Malhaar Official Music Video Produced by Coke Studio Pakistan Season 6 Episode 5 on Cybo Tainment.