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An oil painting by my mother Dr.Meera Verma depicting the communal riots….

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This folk song is another one of my Ma’s favourite songs…recently attended a family wedding and this song has since then been on my mind so posting today….
In this song the newly married bride ,in her sorrow,asks her father why he has married her off to a foreign-land.The English translation of this folk-song is as follows…
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
O my Father!
We are like caged birds Father,
As soon as you lift your hand, we will fly away…
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
O Father, we are like cows in your shed,
We will go wherever you lead us…..
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
You have given red palaces to brother 
And a foreign-land to me…….
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
When my Palki (a carriage for the bride) passes under the balcony,
My brother has fainted……
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
As I lifted my veil and watch,
My homeland is left behind…..
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?
What do you sing now Dear Koyal?
As I leave for a foreign-land….
O my Father!
Why did you marry me off to a foreign land ?

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Recently famous Indian Singer Shamshad Begum left all of us at the age of 94 for her heavenly abode. We held a programme remembering her. In this video, Dr.Ila Prakash speaks about Shamshadji and I sang her song “Bachpan ke din.’ Posting the lyrics and their English translation below….

Hoooo

Bachpan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Denaa

Bachpan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Denaa

….Do not forget these childhood days

Aaj Hanse Kal Rulaa Na Denaa – 2

….Today we laugh but don’t let me cry tomorrow

Hoooo

Bachapan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Denaa

….Do not forget these childhood days

(Lambe Hain Jeevan Ke Raste

….The paths of life are long

Aao Chale Ham Gaate Haste)-2

….Let us walk on them laughing and singing

Gaate, Hanste

….laughing and singing

Aaa…. Aaaaa….

(Door Desh Ek Mahal Banaayein

…..Let us build a palace in a far-off land

Pyaar Kaa Jis Mein Deep Jalaayein)-2

…..Where we will light a lamp of love

Deep Jalaayein

……lamp of love

Deep Jalaakar Bujhaa Na Denaa

……After lighting this lamp do not put it off

Aaj Hanse Kal Rulaa Na Denaa

….Today we laugh but don’t let me cry tomorrow

Hoooo

Bachpan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Denaa

….Do not forget these childhood days

(Rut Badale Yaa Jeevan Beete

…..Seasons may change or life may go on

Dil Ke Taraane Hon Na Puraane)-2

……The melodies of heart never grow old

Aahaha…Aahahaha…….

Nainon Mein Ban Kar Sapne Suhaane

……My eyes see wonderful dreams

Aayenge Ek Din Yahee Zamaane

……of these times coming one day

AaHaaaaaaa……

Nainon Mein Ban Kar Sapne Suhaane

……My eyes see wonderful dreams

Aayenge Ek Din Yahee Zamaane

……of these times coming one day

Yahee Zamaane

…….These times

Yaad Hamaaree Mitaa Na Denaa

…..Do not erase my memories

Aaj Hanse Kal Rulaa Na Denaa

….Today we laugh but don’t let me cry tomorrow

Hooooo

Bachapan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Denaa

….Do not forget these childhood days

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