Kajari, special kind of folk music from Bihar & UP

alone_water_lake_girl_boat_womman_lady_hd-wallpaper-1743274

Kajari: An Introduction

One of the most popular and well known forms of folk music – Kajris are often sung by classical and semi classical musicians.

The word Kajri is possibly a derivative of Kajal – meaning Kohl or Black. In a country of sizzling hot summers – the black monsoon clouds bring with them relief and great joy – with a need to sing out loud. This is the moment for the Kajri to be sung.

Even though Kajri is sung in a large region – Mirzapur is considered the real home of the Kajri.

According to a folk tale of Mirzapur – there was woman called Kajli whose husband was in a distant land. Monsoon arrived and the separation became unbearable….she started crying at the feet of the Kajmal Goddess.

These cries took the form of the popular Kajri songs. There are two forms of Kajri singing in Bihar – one within which it is sung on a performance platform and the other when it is sung by women on monsoon evenings, while dancing in a semi-circle- this is known as the ‘Dhunmuniya Kajri’.

Contribution of Girija Devi in making Kajari popular 

Girija Devi ( born,May 8, 1929) is an Indian classical singer of the Banaras gharana. She performs classical and light classical music and has helped elevate the profile of thumri and Kajari. Many of her kajari song got international rewards and one of the song by her which you should listen is Barsan Lagi Badariya. In this song, the pain of distance from love is written which is further catalysed by the drops of rain coming from cloud.

Lyrics of the song barsan lagi badaraiya

barsan lagi badariya haye raam
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam
barsan lagi badariya haye raam
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam

bundiya barse padat fuhare
bundiya barse bundiya barse 
bundiya barse padat fuhare
chod bedardi hamko sidare
chod bedardi hamko sidare
le nahi khabariya
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam
lagi tumse najariya haye raam
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam

chubati jawani hath chamke kanganva
chubati jawani
chubati jawani
chubati jawani hath chamke kanganva
chode ji nahi manu kahnava
chubati jawani 
hath chamke kanganva
chubati jawani 
hath chamke kanganva
chode ji nahi manu kahnava
chode ji nahi manu kahnava
uthati jawani gori chamke chunariya
uthati jawani gori chamke chunariya
chode ji nahi manu kahnava
lagi biraha teriya haye raam
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam
barsan lagi badariya haye raam
barsan lagi badariya haye raam
suni ujadi kajariya haye raam

 

 

Sanskriti
A girl from the capital of Bihar, trying to understand the past underdevelopment of Bihar and exploring the ways to improve the status of the State

Comments

comments