Travel & Music || Enchanting Himachal and its Charming Songs : Part-1

  For the past few years, I have taken to Himachali music. I first got introduced to it during my wedding, when a constant background music of women singing Himachali wedding songs, made the simple ceremony even more beautiful. Since then, I have been introduced to several Himachali songs that I have come to love. And this also gives me a great advantage - when I sing these in family gatherings, VJ's side of the family is unfailingly impressed by a non-Himachali knowing so many Himachali songs :-P.     Looking at this photograph of a Russet Sparrow, not many people would refer to it as a red bird, but Himachal believes in simplifying things so this is probably the "laal chidiya" in this rather surprising song "Laal Chidiye", where a farmer, I assume, requests the sparrow to not eat too many of the seeds he has sown in his fields. The version I am citing here is by Abhigya the Band, and definitely elevates the song. It is sung at a higher note and has more discordant twists to add to the drama of the song.      My favorite lines from the song:  laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana ser-e pahira masho ra dana, masho ra dana, masho ra dana masho ra dana zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana     The next song is a devotional classic and the first thing that fascinated me about the song was its difficult lyrics. "Hun wo kataai jo nasda dhudua". At first, I couldn't understand a word. A bit of help by my father in law and then it all fell into place. This song is a dialog between Shiv ji and Parvati ji after their wedding. Habitual to roaming in the wild and dwelling in difficult terrains, Shiv ji takes off immediately after wedding with Parvati ji close at his heels, reminding him that he is married now and cannot keep running away any more.     My favorite lines from the song: मगरियां चालीं चल मेरे धुडुआ, नाजुक पैरां छाले ओ आये | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  रिडिया ता रिडिया धुडू भला नसदा ,नालें ता खोलें मैं भला तोपदी | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  हो रिडिया ता रिडिया कजो भला हांडदी, बिच समशाना डेरा हो मेरा   | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....    This is quite a moving picture actually. The old man here is carrying at least 8 kgs of wood on his back and has most likely walked several kilometres to get here. And yet another picture that VJ clicked of him a few minutes after this had this old man smiling genuinely, and no one could guess the weight he was carrying on his shoulders. The picture reminds me of this simple song of love and concern, with a wife asking her shepherd husband to stay and eat before he heads out. The version here is by Souls Reign Band and is quite uplifting.     My favorite lines from the song are its mukhda for its simplicity:  Chitta ta tera chola kaala dora O Sambhua hath sothi hooo  Hath sothi oo meriye jaane O Sambhua hath sothi hoo  Do you feel the earthiness of these songs. Even if the new bands have introduced western musical instruments and chords and beats, the songs manage to retain their innocence. Credit also goes out to these Himachali bands, members of which are proud enough of their heritage to keep the soul of these songs intact. For now, enjoy these 3 gems, and I will be back with more songs that are sure to charm you.

For the past few years, I have taken to Himachali music. I first got introduced to it during my wedding, when a constant background music of women singing Himachali wedding songs, made the simple ceremony even more beautiful. Since then, I have been introduced to several Himachali songs that I have come to love. And this also gives me a great advantage - when I sing these in family gatherings, VJ's side of the family is unfailingly impressed by a non-Himachali knowing so many Himachali songs :-P.  

  For the past few years, I have taken to Himachali music. I first got introduced to it during my wedding, when a constant background music of women singing Himachali wedding songs, made the simple ceremony even more beautiful. Since then, I have been introduced to several Himachali songs that I have come to love. And this also gives me a great advantage - when I sing these in family gatherings, VJ's side of the family is unfailingly impressed by a non-Himachali knowing so many Himachali songs :-P.     Looking at this photograph of a Russet Sparrow, not many people would refer to it as a red bird, but Himachal believes in simplifying things so this is probably the "laal chidiya" in this rather surprising song "Laal Chidiye", where a farmer, I assume, requests the sparrow to not eat too many of the seeds he has sown in his fields. The version I am citing here is by Abhigya the Band, and definitely elevates the song. It is sung at a higher note and has more discordant twists to add to the drama of the song.      My favorite lines from the song:  laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana ser-e pahira masho ra dana, masho ra dana, masho ra dana masho ra dana zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana     The next song is a devotional classic and the first thing that fascinated me about the song was its difficult lyrics. "Hun wo kataai jo nasda dhudua". At first, I couldn't understand a word. A bit of help by my father in law and then it all fell into place. This song is a dialog between Shiv ji and Parvati ji after their wedding. Habitual to roaming in the wild and dwelling in difficult terrains, Shiv ji takes off immediately after wedding with Parvati ji close at his heels, reminding him that he is married now and cannot keep running away any more.     My favorite lines from the song: मगरियां चालीं चल मेरे धुडुआ, नाजुक पैरां छाले ओ आये | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  रिडिया ता रिडिया धुडू भला नसदा ,नालें ता खोलें मैं भला तोपदी | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  हो रिडिया ता रिडिया कजो भला हांडदी, बिच समशाना डेरा हो मेरा   | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....    This is quite a moving picture actually. The old man here is carrying at least 8 kgs of wood on his back and has most likely walked several kilometres to get here. And yet another picture that VJ clicked of him a few minutes after this had this old man smiling genuinely, and no one could guess the weight he was carrying on his shoulders. The picture reminds me of this simple song of love and concern, with a wife asking her shepherd husband to stay and eat before he heads out. The version here is by Souls Reign Band and is quite uplifting.     My favorite lines from the song are its mukhda for its simplicity:  Chitta ta tera chola kaala dora O Sambhua hath sothi hooo  Hath sothi oo meriye jaane O Sambhua hath sothi hoo  Do you feel the earthiness of these songs. Even if the new bands have introduced western musical instruments and chords and beats, the songs manage to retain their innocence. Credit also goes out to these Himachali bands, members of which are proud enough of their heritage to keep the soul of these songs intact. For now, enjoy these 3 gems, and I will be back with more songs that are sure to charm you.
Looking at this photograph of a Russet Sparrow, not many people would refer to it as a red bird, but Himachal believes in simplifying things so this is probably the "laal chidiya" in this rather surprising song "Laal Chidiye", where a farmer, I assume, requests the sparrow to not eat too many of the seeds he has sown in his fields. The version I am citing here is by Abhigya the Band, and definitely elevates the song. It is sung at a higher note and has more discordant twists to add to the drama of the song. 


My favorite lines from the song:

laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana
ser-e pahira masho ra dana, masho ra dana, masho ra dana
masho ra dana zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana
laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana

  For the past few years, I have taken to Himachali music. I first got introduced to it during my wedding, when a constant background music of women singing Himachali wedding songs, made the simple ceremony even more beautiful. Since then, I have been introduced to several Himachali songs that I have come to love. And this also gives me a great advantage - when I sing these in family gatherings, VJ's side of the family is unfailingly impressed by a non-Himachali knowing so many Himachali songs :-P.     Looking at this photograph of a Russet Sparrow, not many people would refer to it as a red bird, but Himachal believes in simplifying things so this is probably the "laal chidiya" in this rather surprising song "Laal Chidiye", where a farmer, I assume, requests the sparrow to not eat too many of the seeds he has sown in his fields. The version I am citing here is by Abhigya the Band, and definitely elevates the song. It is sung at a higher note and has more discordant twists to add to the drama of the song.      My favorite lines from the song:  laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana ser-e pahira masho ra dana, masho ra dana, masho ra dana masho ra dana zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana     The next song is a devotional classic and the first thing that fascinated me about the song was its difficult lyrics. "Hun wo kataai jo nasda dhudua". At first, I couldn't understand a word. A bit of help by my father in law and then it all fell into place. This song is a dialog between Shiv ji and Parvati ji after their wedding. Habitual to roaming in the wild and dwelling in difficult terrains, Shiv ji takes off immediately after wedding with Parvati ji close at his heels, reminding him that he is married now and cannot keep running away any more.     My favorite lines from the song: मगरियां चालीं चल मेरे धुडुआ, नाजुक पैरां छाले ओ आये | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  रिडिया ता रिडिया धुडू भला नसदा ,नालें ता खोलें मैं भला तोपदी | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  हो रिडिया ता रिडिया कजो भला हांडदी, बिच समशाना डेरा हो मेरा   | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....    This is quite a moving picture actually. The old man here is carrying at least 8 kgs of wood on his back and has most likely walked several kilometres to get here. And yet another picture that VJ clicked of him a few minutes after this had this old man smiling genuinely, and no one could guess the weight he was carrying on his shoulders. The picture reminds me of this simple song of love and concern, with a wife asking her shepherd husband to stay and eat before he heads out. The version here is by Souls Reign Band and is quite uplifting.     My favorite lines from the song are its mukhda for its simplicity:  Chitta ta tera chola kaala dora O Sambhua hath sothi hooo  Hath sothi oo meriye jaane O Sambhua hath sothi hoo  Do you feel the earthiness of these songs. Even if the new bands have introduced western musical instruments and chords and beats, the songs manage to retain their innocence. Credit also goes out to these Himachali bands, members of which are proud enough of their heritage to keep the soul of these songs intact. For now, enjoy these 3 gems, and I will be back with more songs that are sure to charm you.

The next song is a devotional classic and the first thing that fascinated me about the song was its difficult lyrics. "Hun wo kataai jo nasda dhudua". At first, I couldn't understand a word. A bit of help by my father in law and then it all fell into place. This song is a dialog between Shiv ji and Parvati ji after their wedding. Habitual to roaming in the wild and dwelling in difficult terrains, Shiv ji takes off immediately after wedding with Parvati ji close at his heels, reminding him that he is married now and cannot keep running away any more. 

My favorite lines from the song:

मगरियां चालीं चल मेरे धुडुआ, नाजुक पैरां छाले ओ आये |

हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....




रिडिया ता रिडिया धुडू भला नसदा ,नालें ता खोलें मैं भला तोपदी |
हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....




हो रिडिया ता रिडिया कजो भला हांडदी, बिच समशाना डेरा हो मेरा   |
हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....

  For the past few years, I have taken to Himachali music. I first got introduced to it during my wedding, when a constant background music of women singing Himachali wedding songs, made the simple ceremony even more beautiful. Since then, I have been introduced to several Himachali songs that I have come to love. And this also gives me a great advantage - when I sing these in family gatherings, VJ's side of the family is unfailingly impressed by a non-Himachali knowing so many Himachali songs :-P.     Looking at this photograph of a Russet Sparrow, not many people would refer to it as a red bird, but Himachal believes in simplifying things so this is probably the "laal chidiya" in this rather surprising song "Laal Chidiye", where a farmer, I assume, requests the sparrow to not eat too many of the seeds he has sown in his fields. The version I am citing here is by Abhigya the Band, and definitely elevates the song. It is sung at a higher note and has more discordant twists to add to the drama of the song.      My favorite lines from the song:  laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana ser-e pahira masho ra dana, masho ra dana, masho ra dana masho ra dana zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana, zyada ni khana laal chidiye seri na jana, seri na jana, seri na jana     The next song is a devotional classic and the first thing that fascinated me about the song was its difficult lyrics. "Hun wo kataai jo nasda dhudua". At first, I couldn't understand a word. A bit of help by my father in law and then it all fell into place. This song is a dialog between Shiv ji and Parvati ji after their wedding. Habitual to roaming in the wild and dwelling in difficult terrains, Shiv ji takes off immediately after wedding with Parvati ji close at his heels, reminding him that he is married now and cannot keep running away any more.     My favorite lines from the song: मगरियां चालीं चल मेरे धुडुआ, नाजुक पैरां छाले ओ आये | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  रिडिया ता रिडिया धुडू भला नसदा ,नालें ता खोलें मैं भला तोपदी | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....  हो रिडिया ता रिडिया कजो भला हांडदी, बिच समशाना डेरा हो मेरा   | हुण वो क्तायें  जो नसदा ....    This is quite a moving picture actually. The old man here is carrying at least 8 kgs of wood on his back and has most likely walked several kilometres to get here. And yet another picture that VJ clicked of him a few minutes after this had this old man smiling genuinely, and no one could guess the weight he was carrying on his shoulders. The picture reminds me of this simple song of love and concern, with a wife asking her shepherd husband to stay and eat before he heads out. The version here is by Souls Reign Band and is quite uplifting.     My favorite lines from the song are its mukhda for its simplicity:  Chitta ta tera chola kaala dora O Sambhua hath sothi hooo  Hath sothi oo meriye jaane O Sambhua hath sothi hoo  Do you feel the earthiness of these songs. Even if the new bands have introduced western musical instruments and chords and beats, the songs manage to retain their innocence. Credit also goes out to these Himachali bands, members of which are proud enough of their heritage to keep the soul of these songs intact. For now, enjoy these 3 gems, and I will be back with more songs that are sure to charm you.
This is quite a moving picture actually. The old man here is carrying at least 8 kgs of wood on his back and has most likely walked several kilometres to get here. And yet another picture that VJ clicked of him a few minutes after this had this old man smiling genuinely, and no one could guess the weight he was carrying on his shoulders. The picture reminds me of this simple song of love and concern, with a wife asking her shepherd husband to stay and eat before he heads out. The version here is by Souls Reign Band and is quite uplifting. 

My favorite lines from the song are its mukhda for its simplicity:


Chitta ta tera chola kaala dora
O Sambhua hath sothi hooo

Hath sothi oo meriye jaane
O Sambhua hath sothi hoo

Do you feel the earthiness of these songs. Even if the new bands have introduced western musical instruments and chords and beats, the songs manage to retain their innocence. Credit also goes out to these Himachali bands, members of which are proud enough of their heritage to keep the soul of these songs intact. For now, enjoy these 3 gems, and I will be back with more songs that are sure to charm you. 

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