Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lohri Song & Story

While Tweeting today, this thought came to my mind - how many of the youngsters knows the REAL Lohri song? How many knows the exact story behind Lohri?

Maybe not many, so thought of posting it here. First the Lyrics:

ਸੁੰਦਰ ਮੁੰਦਰੀਏ ਹੋ
ਤੇਰਾ ਕੌਣ ਵਿਚਾਰਾ ਹੋ
ਦੁਲਾ ਭੱਟੀ ਵਾਲਾ ਹੋ
ਦੁਲਾ ਦੀ ਧੀ ਵਿਹਾਯੀ ਹੋ
ਸੇਰ ਸ਼ਕ੍ਕਰ ਪਾਈ ਹੋ
ਕੁੜੀ ਦਾ ਲਾਲ ਪਾਚਾਕਾ ਹੋ
ਕੁੜੀ ਦਾ ਸਾਲੂ ਪਾਤ੍ਤਾ ਹੋ
ਸਾਲੂ ਕੌਣ ਸਮੇਟੇ
ਮਾਮ੍ਹੇ ਚੂਰੀ ਕੁੱਟੀ
ਜ਼ਮਿਦਾਰਾ ਲੁੱਟੀ
ਜ਼ਮੀਂਦਾਰ ਸੁਧਾਏ
ਬੜੇ ਭੋਲੇ ਆਏ
ਏਕ ਭੋਲਾ ਰਹ ਗਯਾ
ਸਿਪਾਹੀ ਪਕੜ ਲੈ ਗਯਾ
ਸਿਪਾਹੀ ਨੇ ਮਾਰੀ ਈਟ
ਸਾਨੂ ਦੇ ਦੇ ਲੋਹਰੀ ਤੇ ਤੇਰੀ ਜੀਵੇ ਜੋੜੀ
ਪਹੀਨ੍ਵੇ ਰੋ ਤੇ ਫਾਨ੍ਨ੍ਵੇ ਪਿਟ

Sunder mundriye hoe!
Tera kaun wicahara hoe!
Dullah bhatti walla hoe!
Dullahe di dhee vyayae hoe!
Ser shakkar payee hoe!
Kudi da laal pachaka hoe!
Kudi da saalu paatta hoe!
Salu kaun samete!
Mamhe choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee pakad ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari eet!
Sanoo de de lohri te teri jeeve jodi!
Paheenve ro te phannve pit!


Now the story:
Who will save you poor one (to a rescued girl)
Dullah Bhatti is here for you (He rescued the girls who were abandoned and rejected after kidnap!)
The Duallah married off his daughter (the rescued girls were adopted by him as his daughters)
He gave a measure (sher about a kilo)of sugar!
The girl is wearing bridal red dress!
But her shawl is torn (poor and soiled-girl has been raped?)!
Who will stitch her shawl(repair her reputation)?!

The maternal uncle made sweet ghee bread (choori)! (maternal uncles were responsible to vouch for chastity of the girl)

The landlords ravished it (meaning the girl kidnapped by rich moghul landlords!)!
He made the landlords eat a lot!
Lots of innocent guys came (poor grooms)
One innocent boy got left behind (the poorest of poor!)
The soldiers arrested him! (Indicated that he was in collusion with Bhatti the rebel)
The soldiers hit him with a brick! (tortured him)
Give us lohri (gifts) ..long live you couple!

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