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Pakistan Mujra - Nargis - Punjabi Song 'Harey Rang Diyan Wangan' Best of Nargis Vol. 3 Pakistan Mujra - Nargis - Punjabi Song 'Harey Rang Diyan Wangan' Best of Nargis Vol. 3 Nargis is the current 'Queen of the Punjab' in Mujra Dance and Cinema scene on the Lahore side of Pakistan. Nargis has a kind of rural charm and urban appearance, the colourful clothes are a mix of Punjabi 'bling' and Pathan Belly Dance. Apart from Cinema and Mujra DVDs, Nargis performs in Punjabi Stage Shows which she has been 'banned from the theatre for insulting public decency by deviating from the script in vulgar words and actions'[!] - reported in the newspapers frequently. Nargis was reported in the papers as once replying, "I have friends in high places - I'll be back in the theatre tomorrow"...and apparently she was... There is speculation that dancers such as Nargis are powerful women as they dance for the elite and high society and can garner favours from such 'friends in high places' and influence them... Maybe this is just gossip...maybe not... A similar situation is reported about Belly Dancers in Egypt in an Arabic novel, 'Al Raqasa We Al Siyasi' ['The Belly Dancer and The Politician - Which One Is The More Corrupt?']. It was produced as an Arabic film in the 1980s with Nabila Abid as a dancer who was influencing politics through her relationship with a top government minister. 'Al Raqasa We Al Siyasi' can be found at this link but it has no English Subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXizspkhec ROTANA Lebanon have a DVD with English Subtitles. The film is fascinating look at the harrassment and hypocrisy of the dancer's role and non-role in Egypt. Pakistan's Mujra-walis seem to have a similar relationship with the people and the government. ORCHESTRATON This song is a remix re-recording of a Punjabi film song 'Harey Rang Diyan Wangan' which was sung by Noor Jehan onto the face of Sangeeta in the 1985 movie 'Mehndi'['Henna']. It isn't clear who is singing this song, it may be Nargis or a lesser known singer? The music style has changed due to economics. The film industry used to make a lot of money, so full orchestra of drums and strings etc. made up the original song. The Mujra Industry is on limited DVD profits, so the song is produced cheaply on a keyboard and computer. The PERCUSSION [instruments you hit] does include an ACCOUSTIC [live] selection of traditional drums including DHOLAK [Double headed hand floor drums from Punjabi Music] and a drum hit with a stick. Both are DOUBLE TRACKED [recorded several times to sound like more than one] for TONE MASS [thickness of sound]. The drums play along to an electronic drum beat and create a Punjabi 'techno' rhythm with some creative FILLS [rhythmic full stops]. The voice is very weak in terms of the great heritage of Pakistani singers, but finances and also Globalisation is 'neutralising' music everywhere. The sound is lighter and different to the older heavy Punjabi song and is fun with the visuals. The melody is very SYNCOPATED [off-beat] and the vocal and the drums pull against each other to resolve the SYNCOPATION to stable on-beat points thoughout the song. It is quite spectacular and offers good opportunites for Punjabi Bhangra and Pathan Belly Dance shakes. VIDEO Mujra has really evolved in Pakistan over the last decade. Lahore used to be influenced by KATHAK [palace dance with spins in flares skirts and trousers with ankle bells]. This Nargis Mujra is very much from Pushto Films in Peshawar both in costume and moves. This is much more Belly Dance from Pathan's Middle East influenced culture. The KATHAK previously needed skill, delicacy and training. This current wave of Mujra takes less skill and is often decribed by some people as 'vulgar'. Mujra on video and in the theatres is big business in Pakistan and tends to fly in the face of some more conservative trends growing in the country. Nargis is outrageous as she can be, like all good Mujrawalis. She is rural and coarse and funny like Fifi Abdu, Cairo's risque and 'countryside beauty' Belly Dancer. Mujra in Pakistan has a long history and with modern technology has developed and modernised into a very popular art form and entertainment. Khaartoum Channel acts as an educational archive of rare commercial East-West artists plus a showcase for Khaartoum songs by my friends and I, or just myself, inspired by East-West media. The aim is to inspire composers with commercial forms in national styles. Khaartoum Channel Encourages People to SUPPORT THE ARTS and BUY THE ORIGINAL. No copyright infringement is intended presenting this video for educational purposes. All rights to OK CD CORNER, LAHORE, PAKISTAN.