Anasuya Kulkarni (Padayachi)

A classmate and Humsafar

Dear Friends of 1963 (Queen Mary School, Bombay)

 Thanks to the enthusiasm & momentum created & maintained by all contributors so far, I too feel drawn to share from my little pad in England.

 I loved learning Hindi from Miss Kalvade/ Mrs. Rajhans. Her keen teaching skills & genuine interest in inspiring us, encouraged me to investigate closely the beauty of devotional poetry by Meera Bai, Kabir, Tulsidas etc. Encouragement from Miss Gasper fuelled a life long interest in music & singing.  Then some time back I felt deeply inspired to write just a handful of devotional  songs spaced over a few years. In 1992 when I visited Mumbai, I sought out Mrs Rajhans at her residence & had the privelege of sharing my songs with her. It was very touching & truly humbling to note how well she remembered our class of 1963 despite all those years & all the vast numbers of pupils she will have known during her entire teaching career!

I would like to share these songs with you. They are to me a gift from Grace. They continue to serve to lift me up when I’m down in the dumps and bring me gently back to the ground when I’m inflated & ready to take off !  Hope you enjoy them .

 In Love, Light & Friendship,

Anasuya Kulkarni

One of Anu’s out-pourings (A gift from Grace)

Mana ki Beenaa Goonja Ootthi

Mana ki beenaa goonja ootthi

GhanaShyaama khaday man dwaare

Jaga-maga-jaga mana deepa jagay

Moray Shyaama khaday mana dwaaray

Phoola phoola para bhanwaraa dolay

Saawana daalee daalee

Sooni sooni nirakha rahee main

Dhoonda rahee Vanamaalee

Dhoondoon main Vanamaalee…..

Jhananana jhananana Jhananana jhananana

garaja utthe ghana kaare

Mana ki beenaa goonja ootthi

GhanaShyaama khaday man dwaare

Jaga-maga-jaga mana deepa jagay

Moray Shyaama khaday mana dwaaray

Baara baara naa chhedo Kaanhaa

Khela ke aankha micholee

Mana abhimaani basa mayn naa aaye

Seha naa jaaye thitholee 

Sheesha jhukaaoon, basa mayn kara lo

Apani yeh mana ki dwaaren

Naa…aapani yeh mana ki diwaaren…..

Mana ki beenaa goonja ootthi

GhanaShyaama khaday man dwaare

Jaga-maga-jaga mana deepa jagay

Moray Shyaama khaday mana dwaaray