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Mono Aji takes its inspiration from Paimona Bideh Ki Khumaar Astam, a much loved kalaam by Omar Khayyam, a Sufi poet and thinker (1048-1132 A.D.). It is not a translation of the original song in Pashto/Dari, rather an adaptation, an expression of the emotions it evoked in us.
 
This is a song about a forest, which anticipates the coming of the rain. The rain is the embodiment of the beloved, a metaphor borrowed from the long literary tradition of Radha-Krishna motifs. The original song plays with another set of traditional motifs – the wine and the wine-bearer – indigenous to the Persian milieu, and it yet speaks of the same longing and joy of anticipation which the adaptation deals with.
 
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Ritam Sen and Dyuti Mukherjee are song-makers, if such a term exists. They write and compose songs as a team. Mono Aji is the result of their collaboration with various artists and musicians. Vocalists Lagnajita Chakraborty a...

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