Rafi Sa’ab

Today is Rafi Sa’ab’s Birth Anniversary and I had made a commitment last night to publish a post on him today. I managed to do it in literally  the last minute: I published this post at 23:59 on 24 December 2017. Why did I have to keep the commitment even if in this token form? It’s because I owe a lot to the voice of the great Mohammad Rafi. No. I am not a singer. Neither do I regularly listen to music in general or to Mr Rafi’s songs in particular. Yet, there are songs, his songs, when they reach my ears, in his voice or in mine, I feel good. Or, when I feel good I search opportunities for his songs to be played or sung. He is not the only one I like. There’re Lataji (Ms. Lata Mageshkar) and Kishoreda (Mr. Kishor Kumar) too, and Hemantada (Hemanta Kumar) in Bangla, yet, this post is to be about Rafi Sa’ab. And then, although I know there are many who may not agree, Rafi Sa’ab’s voice had a soothing quality that is generally not found in male voices.

It’s probably that soothing voice of hers that makes Lataji the greatest of all female Hindi playback singers. Also, probably the same soothing voice makes Rafi Sa’ab my favourite male Hindi playback singer. His songs with the two Burmans (Mr. Sachin Dev Burman and Mr. Rahul Dev Burman), Mr. O. P. Nayyar, Mr. Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal etc. have been a source of pleasure to me for as long as I can remember enjoying vocal music.

Few of his songs that I must specially mention here are:

“Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”, “Chand mera dil chandni ho tum”, “Chaudahvi ka chaand ho”, “Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaya to kya hai”, “Lagta Nahin hai dil mera ujde dayar mein”, “Pukarta chala hun main gali gali bahaar ki”, “Isharon isharon mein dil lene waale”, “Teri bindiya re”,  



Professor Charu Sheel Singh: Poet, Critic and Literary Theorist

This page is here to join forces with those who propose Professor Charu Sheel Singh’s for the prestigious Padma Awards. And why do they do so? Let’s have a look at his life and work first.

Professor Charu Sheel Singh: Poet, Critic and Literary Theorist

Charu Sheel Singh (born; 15 may 1955) is an Indian English scholar of international repute. A treader of the triple path, like Arnold, Eliot and Sri Aurobindo, Prof. Singh is a poet, critic and literary theorist. A university don of great erudition and long experience of research, Prof. Singh is not only well acquainted with current schools of thought but he is also conversant with philosophical theories of the East and the West and the occult traditions, Buddhism and theosophy being among his special areas of interest.

Early Life & Education:

He took his Honors and Masters degrees in English from Aligarh Muslim University in 1974 and 1976. In 1978, he was awarded Ph.D. degree in English by Banaras Hindu University. He is married to Maya and they have a son Padmasambhava.

His father, Pratap Narayan Singh was studying Mechanical Engineering from IT, BHU when he joined the Army. He was Sergeant Major in the Army and fought in the Second World War. He was awarded with several Victoria Medals for excellent service. Later, he resigned and joined Indian Railways and retired as Senior Divisional Safety Officer from Bikaner. He also served as General Manager in Dalmiya Railways. He had Master’s degrees in Hindi and Ancient Indian History. He was also a Sahitya Ratna and a Poet.

Career as a Scholar:

During 1982-83, Dr. Singh went to the University of Warwick, Coventry, England on a British Council Scholarship for Post Doctoral research work. He worked on Post-1950 British Poetry. Dr. Singh was the only candidate to have been selected by UGC to work on the project on Religion and Literary Theory for five years from 1986 onwards. He worked as Research Scientist ‘B’ from 1986 to 1991. Prof. Singh was a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1993. Later, he became fellow at the Institute in 1996. Dr. Singh worked on a major UGC Research Project in 1997.

Dr. Singh has written and edited over two dozen books on literary criticism and literary methods. His major work Philosophical Hermeneutics (7 vols., 2009) has been published.

Awards & Honors:

His name figures in many national and international bibliographies. He is listed in Dictionary of International Biography from Cambridge, England, Cotemporary Poets published from England, Indian Literatures’ Who’s Who published by Sahitya Akademy, New Delhi.

Dr. Singh has been reviewed in commonwealth literature, USA. He is also reviewed in a quarterly journal BLAKE from Rochester University (http://bq.blakearchive.org/18.2.jackson). His book Contemporary Literary Theory is listed in Reader’s Guide To English Literature published by Routledge publishers , Abingdon, United Kingdom. He is some of the few living legends on whom one PhD is already submittedhttp://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/111131/3/1%20front%20pages.pdf) and several other researches are also being carried out. His article on Paul de Man is listed in Times Literary Supplement published from London, U.K. He is also reviewed in Modern Language Review.

According to WorldCat Identities operated by Online Computer Library Center, Charu Sheel Singh has 41 works in 78 publications and has 490 library holdings. Twice given ‘The Best Writer Award’ by Penguin International, Delhi. Maharashtra Dalit Sahitya Akademy Award also conferred on him twice.

There are several other awards conferred upon Dr. Singh from India and abroad. Dr. Singh is widely reviewed in the English speaking world.

Some Distinguished Opinions:

Prof. M.K.Naik, in a personal letter said that, only Shakespeare and Whitman can carry out such linguistic experiments as Charu Sheel Singh’s Kashi: A Mandala Poem.

Prof C.D.Narasimhaiah said about Concentric Imagination that nobody in the country is competent enough to write a forward to this book.

Prof. Krishna Rayan said that nobody has written such things about Indian Poetics as Charu Sheel Singh in the Concentric Imagination.

Prof. P.S.Shastri holds that C.S.Singh has shown the whole Romantic Scholarship a new pathway to explore.

Prof. U.R.Ananthmurthy said that Charu Sheel Singh is one of the best research minds in the country.

Prof. O.P.Mathur said about Charu Sheel Singh poetry in a review in the ‘Points of view’ that Singh has inaugurated a new hermeneutical school of poetry.

It is general opinion that Singh is the lone survivor of Sri Aurbindo School in Indian English Poetry.

Poetry Collections:


Tapascharnam: Shukadeva ki Pida

Songs of Life & Death

The Indian Hero

Creation Cocktail

Terracotta Flames

Scripture on Stone

Etching on the Edge

Kashi: A Mandala Poem

Golden Chariots

Born across Millenniums: Incarnations of Vishnu

Ten Mahavidyas


Major Publications:

The Chariot of Fire: A Study of William Blake in the Light of Hindu Thought

Concentric Imagination: Mandala Literary Theory

Self Reflexive Materiality: Three Assays in Comparative Method

Spectrum History of Indian English Literature

Women about Women in Indian Literature in English

Canon and Canonization

Indian Swans

Theory and Interpretation of Literature

Philosophical Hermeneutics (7 Volumes)

Contemporary Indian English Poetry

Cotemporary Literary Theory

Literary Theory: Possibilities & Limits

Indian English Literature Since 1950 (2 volumes)

Sri Aurbindo Home Coming Centenary Volume

Collected Research Papers (2 volumes)

External Links:s


http://www.grin.com › Catalog › English Language and Literature Studies › Literature








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Kashi: A Mandala Poem

Professor Charu Sheel Singh’s Kashi: A Mandala Poem is the only epic in English language on the city of Kashi (Varanasi, Banaras or Benares). It falls in the tradition of the puranic praise literature or mahatmyas. It applies the structure of mandala to delve deep into the eternal enigma called Kashi. It has been called variously as path breaker, ahead of its time, apoetic, bombastic, visionary, erudite  and a display of intellect and scholarship. Whatever one says about it, the fact remains that there is a large number of poetry books on Kashi in Sanskrit and Hindi but there are only a handful of poetry books on the city in English. To be precise, there are only two other  poetry books on the city other than this one: Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras by  Maitreyee B Chowdhury and Kashi: Sonnet Series on Varanasi by Rajnish Mishra. Kashi: A Mandala Poem is the longest work in verse in English on the city of Kashi, and that is surely an achievement.

72 books in 6 months challenge, week 2


“Where’s the time?”, ask people, many of them, when introduced to the 72 books in 6 months challenge. And then, there are few whose eyes brighten up. For them, this is the idea they always had. Only it was fully expressed by someone else. For them, the people who have discovered the joy of reading, and also its value, this challenge is an opportunity. They have been waiting for it to come there way. Some of them had done it at some time in their past long back, e.g. one of them had done it in 2012, and I had done it in 2007-08, but not so methodically. What we are doing here is keeping a log, like the regular strength trainers or weightlifters keep. It performs the functions of the record of achievements (PR, or personal record is the term for it), an inspiration, and a benchmark to achieve and…

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