A Time for Color and Happiness
Celebrating Holi with Ila Paliwal
“I will throw color on you
I will throw color on you
I will turn your brown complexion into red
By rubbing red powder on both your cheeks
I will make you dance like a lady
On the beat of the drums.”
This is the English translation of a lively Holi raaga you can hear and internalize. Enjoy the joy of Holi, the festival of colors, with this delightful video from Hindustani vocalist Ila Paliwal. This beautiful Indian raga embraces the world with its power of celebration and inclusiveness. Indeed, Holi is increasingly becoming a reason to dance and connect with color in many parts of the world and this video by Bharat Bala shows that dance and music have a way of erasing differences and accentuating what we humans have in common.
Celebrating the Festivals of India
The Holi track is just one of nine on Ila Paliwal’s debut album ‘Navaratna’ which is executive produced by A.R. Rahman, the music maestro, and arranged and produced by Ranjit Barot. The album was launched at Carnegie Hall at a benefit concert by Salome Chamber Orchestra where Ila Paliwal sang several celebratory songs from the album with both East and West musicians.
The album features nine well-loved Indian festivals – Pongal, Holi, Baisakhi, Eid, Janamashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Diwali and Christmas, and the unique feature is that even the Eid and Christmas songs have been based on classic Indian ragas. Each shows the cultural diversity which exists in the unity of India.
The concept and vocals are by Ila Paliwal, and the music has been arranged and produced by Ranjit Barot. ‘Navaratna’ was released on March 5, and is available on iTunes and Amazon worldwide.