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0 • Cloud! Don't thunder and don't pour rain, Lonely damsels may wake up in fear. • Young village girls look at you' with love and Happiness, They welcome you with smile as their cattle Bath in rain, There is fragrance in their fields and happiness in Their homes. 0 • Cloud, when you will reach there, the beautiful Girls would adorn themselves, They wait for their lovers with their locks in Their hands, Their lovers, who are away from �hem, may return. 22 Musical Background As stated earlier, Sarang is a popular classical raga and, like raga Megha (cloud), is sung in rainy season in Sindh.

T J,, �{ ! ) J1 iJ _/. _, , > .. 55 .. ---· u � : �u·--- It rained on desert, on dry lands, On low-lying valleys, Morning reverbates with sounds of churning, Wives of herdsmen are affluent, their Hands are full of butter, They milk brown buffaloes, Housewives and maids are happy in Their homes. --- ·u � : �u·--- 56 27 ---- · · ·:: : �. · ---It rained on desert, on dry land, on J assermee, Clouds came thundering over "Paa-er", Removing grief of forlorn damsels Herdswomen happily walked along the fragrant paths.

Megha, meaning cloud, was the raga of rainy season, and expression of happiness the rain was supposed to bring. It was the season· of union between lovers. With rainfall the sowing season commenced, and it was celebrated with great festivity and hilarity. 25 The Indus people also divided 24 hours in two parts, day and night, which were further divided into eight watches, and certain ragas were appropriated to these watches. The rationale behind this division of ragas according to seasons and different watches of day and night was that the Indus people believed that different seasons and different watches of day and night evoke different moods and emotions in human heart.

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