My “now” song: Daya ghana

Do you ever have a song, an idea, a storyline, or an image stuck in your head? And it just refuses to go away? For some time at least? I have this with music — it could be a song, an instrumental piece, a jingle, etc. This becomes my “now’” song, and the “nowness”  (pardon my English here) could be for any length of time.

These days, I have been listening to a lot of both film and non-film songs based on Raga Puriya Dhanashree. And one of those songs has become my “now” song: Daya ghana, sung by Suresh Wadkar to lyrics by Sudhir Moghe and music by Hridayanath Mangeshkar for the 1981 Marathi film, Sansar.

I am a great fan of Suresh Wadkar and, in my opinion, this is one of his best renditions ever. A highly underrated and under appreciated singer, no one else could have sung this song.

Daya Ghana is a song about the futility of this life and is directed towards God asking for the explanation of the reason behind this entire existence. The song is dark, questioning and sombre and quite reflects my own reflective, inward-looking mood these days. Whenever I listen to this song, the existential angst conveyed by the lyrics touches a chord, while the calming music soothes me.

Does your music reflect your mood or does your mood choose the music?

21 thoughts on “My “now” song: Daya ghana

  1. I found it very ‘soulful’. Soothing relaxing. I too like Suresh Wadekar a lot. He gives a depth to any song that he sings. And his choice of songs are good. He doesn’t sing ‘any’ song


    1. It is, Bhagyashree. And I have not heard a better exposition of this raga in a film song than this one. As for Suresh Wadkar, I like the songs he chooses to sing and also the fact that he tries to be true to his himself and his capability, rather than sing anything that is thrown his way.


  2. I didn’t understand the lyrics of the song, but found it very soulful and soothing.

    I have tunes, words and lines stuck in my head sometimes, too. Usually something that I have heard in passing, in the course of that day, and without my knowledge, has got lodged in my brain. Sometimes, it is irritating when songs like Dhinka Chika get stuck for the whole day in my brain and keep playing on a loop. 😀

    Sometimes, my mood dictates my music preferences. Sometimes, my music determines my mood, too. 🙂


    1. Glad you liked it, TGND.

      As you have rightly said, sometimes even the undesirable songs get stuck and for me it is always “Choli ke peeche kya hai” — I dodn’t think I will ever recover from this song. 😦


  3. I have this song recorded from the FM. For me, a song should necessarily have good lyrics too, else it doesn’t stay with me for long. And I love Suresh Wadkar too. There is depth, emotion and great character in his voice. Though his Hindi songs are good, I love his Marathi ones more.


    1. Yes, even I prefer Suresh Wadkar’s Marathi songs to his Hindi ones, but then even his Hindi ones are so nice. Like “Surmai shaam is tarah aaye” from the film, Lekin. 🙂

      For me, the lyrics, melody and singer need to create a seamless piece of musical magic.


      1. Try SureshW+Jaidev. “Seene mein jalan” from Gaman. Not just nice, superlative.
        Songs that others struggle with, he makes them appear easy and effortless.


    1. We can always hope, can’t we? Suresh Wadkar’s Marathi songs are not known outside the state, except perhaps for his devotional songs, so I am not surprised that you have not heard this one.


  4. For some reason, my system does not allow me to listen to any music or play videos. Medha, my SIL, is very fond of Suresh Wadkar. So, I have heard of him. I will try and listen to him when I get home.
    Well, some songs do reflect our mood and lead us into an inward journey. I have some favourite hymns, which are calming.


    1. Very happy that you liked this song.

      That’s the power of music. Sure, knowing the language and understanding the lyrics does enhance the understanding and mood of the song. But it is always music that prevails. I know Marathi, but this song was not easy to understand and after struggling with it for some time, I just left it and allowed the music to take over. I came across a translation on the web, and was surprised to see how much my understanding of the mood of the song and the translation matched.


    1. So happy you liked this song, Sabyasachi. Maybe Suresh Wadkar did not belong to any camps, maybe he was not political enough — whatever the reason, we have far less of his songs than someone of his calibre and talent should have.


  5. Just beautiful…changed the mood in my room. First time I actually paid attention to Suresh Wadkar’s voice in any depth. So now, I am going to be replaying this in a loop till I tire…


    1. Suresh Wadkar is, in my opinion, a singer who has not got his due. Thankfully, the Marathi music industry is not as narrow minded or closed as the Hindi film industry. And Daya Ghana is one of the best of the best. 🙂


  6. thanks so much for sharing your comments love this song!!! BTW this song is set in Raag Poorvi, which uses the Shuddha Madhyam in addition to the Tivra Madhyam of the Puriya Dhanashri.. that’s the note that gives it this “surprise” and haunting sudden twist during the “chimane gharte” phrase, the hallmark of this song. lovely hearing.. hats off to all the people involved in making this song!!!


    1. Welcome here, Jaydeejay. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting and for sharing the distiction between Poorvi and Puriya Dhanashri. Even if one doesn’t understand the lyrics, the music does convey the emotion, doesn’t it?


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