Songs you should hear: Excellent covers of ARR’s Mann Mohana & SLB’s Laal Ishq!

Two very nicely done covers in case you are looking for some good music on Easter Sunday. First one has singer Shweta Mohan jamming with singer-bassist Aalaap Raju and saxophonist Maarten Visser (and a few other uncredited musicians too I believe, unless all the other sounds were programmed). Shweta chooses the sublime composition AR Rahman did for Jodhaa Akbar with Bela Shende on vocals, Mann Mohana.  Shweta chooses a thumri based on the same theme, Lord Krishna, to mix with the film song and combination works like a charm. My favourite bit is the one minute segment from 3.30 where Aalaap picks up the classical guitar and goes bossa nova with Maarten, while Shweta launches into an amazing raag pilu based alaap!

Second cover for the day is from Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Ram Leela, to me the best song of the soundtrack, the raag yaman based Laal Ishq that was originally sung by Arijit Singh (thanks to @harishk for the reco). Here the vocals are done by Harshavardhan Wavare and very commendably at that, with Kasturi Tambat Wavare, Karan Wavare and Aditya Patekar on accompaniments. Enjoy the cover below!

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