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Marriages, Chhaththi, Janeu are incomplete without abusive songs, they add sweetness to mutual relations.

Rachna Priyadarshini

“I abused you in welcome, let’s go and meet my friend.”

Let’s meet my friend, let’s meet my friend…

Show me the mirror of them (the opposition) and let’s meet my friend…”

There is still a tradition of singing these songs in the villages, but these songs have almost become extinct from urban life, whereas these abusive songs played an important role in improving mutual relations. In fact, Gaali Geet is a folk song sung by the women of the family in social-family festivals and ceremonies like marriage, Chhathi, Mundan, Bhaidooj, etc. These songs are often sung by the bride and groom addressing each other.

Hathiya hathiya noise many,

You are a donkey, you bastard!

God damn you, my mother,

You are a laughing cow…

Abuse song is a melodious form of folk songs

Famous folk singer Chandan Tiwari says, “There is a different feeling of joy in the tradition of folk songs created by our ancestors.” The composers of these folk songs have mostly been women. Even if they have not composed them, women have done the work of composing them and putting them into tune and rhythm. In earlier times, while working in the family, women used to talk to each other, joke and sarcastically etc., which led to the emergence of these folk songs. For centuries, in the patriarchal Indian society, folk songs have provided women the opportunity for self-expression through their songs. In this, their pain along with the social fabric can be easily understood..

“Just show me the light, I will see Mangtika.”

Mangtika will spoil, hunter will be hit

Today I will send my brother-in-law to jail…”

(Song sung by the bride addressing the groom’s party during the ceremony of offering Gurhatti or jewellery)

wedding Song

Wedding songs add sweetness to relationships

Dashrath ji also heard ‘Dahkan’ at Ramji’s wedding.

Famous writer and theater artist Vibha Rani says- “In Mithilanchal, abusive songs are called ‘Dahkan’. The beginning of Dahkan can be considered from the marriage of Ram and Sita, because we do not find any written or valid evidence before that. The first mention of abusive songs is found in Shri Ramcharitmanas itself. It is said that when Shri Ram came to Mithila to get married, the women of Mithila molest him and sing –

“Listen friend, a unique incident.”

the costs are heavy

child eating kheer janmaol

O women of Awadhpur…”

There is a lot of difference between normal and abusive songs. Actually, the purpose of these abusive songs is not to insult anyone or to play with his honor and respect, but to provide simplicity and fluidity to family celebrations through laughter, banter and teasing. These add sweetness to the relationships between sister-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, etc. and double their happiness, like-

“Hey, look at the behavior of the bastard.

Who are you here?

Hamto Mangliyai Gorka-Gorka

Karka, where did you come from?

The spirit of folk auspiciousness lies in these songs

Nirala Bidesia, an expert on folk art and culture, says – “Folk songs are the songs of the common people, in which there is spontaneity, simplicity and the spirit of folk welfare is inherent.” The biggest specialty of folk songs is that no one is considered ‘superior’ or ‘omnipotent’ in them. In Ramcharitmanas, Chaupaiyas have been carved in honor of Lord Shri Ram by considering him as God, whereas in the folk songs of Mithila, women accept him as their son-in-law and say, ‘Ramji bhailein pahunnava hamar…’ Actually, the feeling of belongingness in the folk songs is based on this. Appreciation is implicit in the fact that by treating everyone as equal or in other words as ‘one’s’, a feeling of respect or complaint is expressed towards them. For example, in Hindu religion, Surya has been honored with the title of Lord ‘Bhaskar’, but in the great festival Chhath, when women sing – Sona Sat Kuniya, Ho Dinanath / Hey Ghoomichha Sansar, Hey Ghumichha Sansar / Aan Din Ugai Chha Ho Dinanath/ Aahe Bhor Bhinsar…’, then it seems as if she is telling her problem to the Sun God. In ancient times, if the groom’s side did not get to hear the abuses of various rituals and customs by the bride’s side during a wedding, then they used to complain that ‘Man, there was no fun in the wedding. What a strange thing! But it is true. Abuse songs play an important role in reducing the tension prevailing between people living in two different environments and following family traditions.

Family Celebration: Folk Art and Culture

The purpose of abusive songs is not to insult anyone, but to provide simplicity and fluidity to family celebrations through laughter, banter and teasing.

Vibha Rani, Theater Artist

Abuse songs play an important role in reducing the tension prevailing between people living in two different environments and following family traditions.

Nirala Bidesiya, expert on folk art and culture

There is a different joy in the tradition of folk songs created by our ancestors. The composers of these folk songs have mostly been women. Even if they have not composed them, women have done the work of composing them.

Chandan Tiwari, folk singer

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