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Published on 25 Aug 2012 | over 5 years ago

This is a reinterpretation of a Punjabi folk song about a boy meeting his lover by the well. In those days mixing of the sexes was not very common and lovers were always in the lookout for a private spot where they could meet. Invariably, that spot was by the village well. The song talks about the anticipation felt by the lovers before meeting and the sense of elation that follows.

For CS@MTV Season2, this song has been re-interpreted with a dub step feel and the addition of Middle Eastern percussion and Israaj.

Credits:

Composer: Traditional composition
Produced & Performed by: Hari & Sukhmani
Language: Punjabi
Lyrics: Traditional
Percussion: Fakhroddin Ghaffari
Israj: Arshad Khan
Recorded by: Steve Fitzmaurice, Ashish Manchanda, assisted by Thorsten Muller
Mixed & Mastered by Ashish Manchanda at Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai

Lyrics:
Jaavo ni koi mod liyavoh,
Ni mere naal gaya ajj ladd ke,
Hoye allah karey jey aa jaave sohna,
Devaan jaan kadmaan vich rakh ke.

Ho Challa beri boohey, ve vatan mahi da door ey,
Ve jaana pehle poor ey, vey gall sun challeya
Chora ve kahda laya ee johraa.

Challa khooh tey dhariye,
Khooh tey dhariye,
Challa khooh tey dhariye,
Challa khooh tey dhariye,
Challa khooh tey dhariye,
Ve Gallan mooh tey kariye,
Ve sacchey rabb ton dariye,
Ve gall sun challeya,
Chhora ve kahda laya ee johra.

Allah beli, O mera Maula beli,
O mera Allah beli, mera Maula beli (4)

Challa kaaliyan mirchan,
Kaaliyan mirchan,
Challa kaaliyan mirchan,
Challa kaaliyan mirchan,
Challa kaaliyan mirchan,
Ve mohra pee ke marsaan,
Ve sire tere o chadsaan,
Ve gall sun challeya,
Chhora Ve saad key keeta ee kola.

Allah beli, O mera Maula beli,
O mera Allah beli, mera Maula beli (4)

Challa gall di gaani,
Challa gall di gaani,
Challa gall di gaani,
Challa gall di gaani,
Ve tur gaye dilllan dey jaani
Ve meri dukhaan di kahani
Ve aa key sun ja
Chhora ve kahda laya ee jora.

Allah beli, O mera Maula beli,
O mera Allah beli, mera Maula beli (4)

Jaavo ni koi mod liyavoh

Meaning:
Love is a colorful and a beautiful feeling. But it does have its bitter-sweet moments. The song beautifully expresses the helplessness of a lover, after one of those bitter moments (over a trivial issue) is imploring her lover to come back.
"Challa", is originally a very touching and a sweet Punjabi folk song. The Poet through these lyrics paints the lover in his various moods and also beautifully captures the drama of her relationship with him.
It's interesting how a person you love can give you so much joy and at the same time, cause so much pain. When the going is smooth, everything seems like a beautiful and seamless dream... but as soon as it gets tested (for its strength and depth), everything seems dark and unclear.
The song in many words captures the fact that, while love can empower someone, it can also leave one helpless...

With every passage, the Poet expresses her longing to meet her love. The separation is so unbearable that she implores the Almighty, to protect her lover and her relationship...

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