We think Tansen to be the greatest musician of India. He was the only child of Mukandan Misra and his wife. They were the residents of Behat near Gwalior. Tansen was a naughty and mischievous child and scared visitors in a forest when they were passing through the forest. Swami Haridas a great saint told…
The courtiers were extremely jealous of Tansen and they wanted to ruin Tansen. One of the courtiers Shaukat Miyan wanted him to sing Raga Deepak so that he could be burnt to ashes. For this purpose, he approached Akbar to order Tansen to sing Raga Deepak. Tansen knew that his life could be saved if…
The people of the town assembled to hear Tansen’s sing Raga Deepak.
Tansen had requested Emperor Akbar to give him time to prepare. He wanted time to train his daughter Saraswati and her friend Rupwati to sing Raga Megh which would bring rain and extinguish the fire caused after singing Raga Deepak. Thus, Tansen would be saved from burning to ashes.
People cried out in terror as flames shot up out of somewhere and lighted the lamps.
Tansen told his wife that he could sing but the heat it gives off would not only set the lamp alight, it would also burn him to ashes.
Tansen told them to sing the Raga Megh only when lamps started burning.
Tansen said that if someone sings Raga Megh at the same time, it would bring rain.
Tansen was ‘downcast’ and ‘unhappy’ because he knew that it was the evil design of some jealous courtiers to kill him.