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Song Review - Bismillah

Posted by Rajan Manickavasagam
January 5th, 2014

Rating: 5 out of 5
Bismillah. This Arabic word has many meanings, the most common being "In The Name of God". It is typically intoned before starting anything new. Almost all chapters in the Quran start with this word. If we remove the religious context, it is about creation of life, celebration of peace and love without the ego of self. 

Bismillah is a song in the sufi style by Kailash Kher and Munawar Masoom. The rustic voice of Kailash blends brilliantly with the powerful Munawar. Munawar is popular for singing poems of sufi poets like Rumi and Khusro. He impresses the most as he brings to bear his ghazal and sufi style of singing. Munawar gives a great start to the song with his deep baritone voice. Kailash joins him into the song and provides a great middle and ending with his clear voice. The acoustics add to the song's atmospherics.

The simple lyrics are by Irfan Siddiqui. The brothers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant have…