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Folk Songs-From my Grandfather Era To My Granson’s Era

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Folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, or as music with unknown composers. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. One meaning often given is that of old songs with no known composers; another is music that has been transmitted and evolved by a process of oral transmission or performed by custom over a long period of time.

1.Odisha:
Rangabati: The Sambalpuri song was written by Mitrabhanu Gauntia and composed by Prabhudatta Pradhan and sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel Rangabati is arguably the most popular recorded song in Odisha. The song was remade by composer Ram Sampath featuring Sampath himself, and Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty for MTV India’s Coke Studio Season 4.

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2.Karnataka,India:
Dharani Mandala Madhyadologe: The legend of a cow (Punyakoti) who upheld her promise at the cost of her own life.
Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma: Beautifully rendered by Bhimsen Joshi about inviting goddess Lakshmi into our homes.
Krishna nee begane baro: An ancient chant rooted in vedic culture asking little/baby Krishna to come to us.
Kodagana Koli Nungitha – (Did the hen eat the monkey?) a timeless classic by Saint Shishunala Shariff.

3.Rajasthan:
Kesariya Balam Phadhoro Maro desh very popular traditional song. It’s In Everybody’s mouth. This Song recreated in Bollywood Movie Dor.

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4.Punjab
You might have heard Ambarsariya in Bollywood Movie. Actually its traditional song in Punjab.

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5.TamilNadu:
Poonguyile poonguyile it’s very popular song in Tamilnadu Which is based on Village .This Folk music has bead used in many popular movies in their industry.
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6.Uttar Pradesh:
Folk songs of the Awadh region in Uttar Pradesh.

Nirgun: This is a kind of song, which is usually supposed to sung upon death of someone (typically after a few weeks). This is probably the most abstract version of Awadhi folk song that I have heard. This song tells describes the journey of the “soul” merging with the “supreme soul” upon death.

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7.Kerala:

The story of the song illustrates a mother waiting on the day of her newly born daughter’s ear piercing ceremony (an auspicious occasion in the poorer tribal areas of Kerala) for her brothers and uncles to return home. On the day of the ceremony, the male members of the family bring
gifts for the girl child.

As the mother waits on, the uncles and brothers don’t return on time for the ceremony. The poor mother sensing the disappointment of her daughter of not having any visitors or an ear-ring for her ceremony, and going and molding her only piece of jewellery at a goldsmith into an ear-ring for her child.

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8.West Bengal:

Bhatiali:-
Originating from the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta region where the land is punctuated by hundreds of tributaries Bhatiali songs were generally sung by the fishermen and boatmen while they went out to the sea in groups in search of livelihood. Many of the famous/popular folk songs have been remixed and modified at the Coke Studio. Some of the different genres of
folk songs are as follows:

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Baul:-
The Baul are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal. Bauls constitute both a syncretism religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims.

9. Hariyana,Bihar,Uttar Pradesh (Cow-Belt):

There is a related range of songs where girls lament being away from their parental home, specifically talking of the father, which itself is a paean to the special dad-daughter bond that daughters know too well. Amir Khusrau’s Kaahe Ko Byaahe Bides (Why did you marry me off abroad/ faraway) is one such song. Most recently, people may have heard the song in the 1980s film Umrao Jaan, sung by Jagjit Kaur.

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10.Kashmir:

Kashmiri weddings have a “sangeet“-like ceremony, a mehndiraat, if you will, and folk songs abound on such occasions. The Kashmir valley has been home to a multitude of poets over the ages, beginning with the forerunner of medieval mystics, Lalleshwari, a Shaivite-Sufi mystic in the 14th century.

Roshe Written by Habba Khatoon, labeled the ‘Nightingale of Kashmir’, this is one of the most recognized romantic folk songs of Kashmir. A lover laments the going away of her beloved.
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These Songs Are There When Our Grandfather’s alive And It Will Be Till Our Grandson. Music never dies..it always remain in the heart.

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