The Dark Mother

My exploration of Indian culture via YouTube continues to unearth some musical gems.

In this post I’m featuring several clips showing fictionalised devotions to the Goddess Kali – a primal Hindu deity of fearsome aspect who is familiar to many non-Hindus as the goddess of death and destruction – a not entirely accurate representation of her function within the pantheon.

Kali is one of the consorts of Shiva, and is also closely associated with Durga, who is variously considered her offspring or avatar.

First up is a clip from the film Kannathal, showing a distressed Kali devotee apparently beseeching the the deity for assistance; I may be misreading the imagery, but the goddess does not seem to be entirely convinced. The music, however, is extraordinary:

Next up is a wonderful song-and-dance number from the 2006 film Chingaari, a complex tale of love, death, vengeance and – interestingly – the abuse of power by the Hindu priesthood:

Finally we have another of the massed song-and-dance performances that Bollywood does so well. This time an all-female effort from the film Raja Kaliamman, which includes a frenzied guest appearance by trishula-weilding Durga.

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4 Responses

  1. I just want to say what an incredible source of inspiring music this station is to me. I listen to it everyday, and it is incredibly peaceful and just all around awesome. There are so many podcasts available, and then even more are created about every week or so! I am hooked! Thank you Ultima Thule for your great work and the music you make available to the world. You are very much appreciated!!

  2. Thanks for your feedback Ben. It’s always immensely gratifying to know that people all around the world are enjoying our work.

  3. Hi – emailing from Western Canada. Have just dicsovered your awesome podcasts and wanted to say thanks so much for providing this type of inspiring and uplifting music – it made great change to find something that wasn’t ‘typical’ alternative programming. Keep up the great work!

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