Chhalka Chhalka Re Lyrics
Chalka chalka re o ankh na mani
Maiya bole jaana nahi
Bhaiya ko bhi maana nahi
Babul bole bas ek din kal kaa chalka
Gudda bole jaana nahi guddi bole jaana nahi
Sakhi bole bas ek din kal kaa chalka
The water spills from the urn, as my eyes didn’t pay attention. Mother asks me to not go away, and even my brother doesn’t want me to leave.
But my father says, there is one day left, so let the water spill. My dolls are asking me to stay, while my friends say, there is one day left, so let the water overflow.
This is a wedding send-off song. The bride’s friends are singing it from her perspective.
The urn (kalsa) referred to here, is that which holds holy water, and signifies prosperity and bounty, and it spilling only means that good days are on their way. The Kalsa is a symbol of abundance and the essential source of life.
WORD- Chalka - Spilled, Kalse - Urn, Maiya - Mother, Babul - Father, Sakhi - Friend.
Baabu tere chhoti thi gali
Geete mere pichhe reh gayi reh gayi
Paatiyo ke niche rah gayi
Gaiya meri pyaasi rah gayi
Tulsi vaali vaadi rah gayi
Chulha mai jalaati rah gayi
I walk with innocent steps through your narrow lanes now, father. I leave behind these melodies and they will now take shelter underneath the leaves.
My cow now left behind, thirsty. I forgot about the lamp I lit on the Tulsi plant every day, and left the stove burning.
About to depart, she thinks of all the things she left behind, and all the things she forgot to do before leaving.
WORD- Paatiyo - Leaves, Vaadi - Lamp, Chulha - Stove.
Father, I am leaving your courtyard now.
WORD- Anganara - Courtyard
FACT - This song was used in the 2008 Hollywood movie "Accidental Husband" starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Firth.
Hire vaala chhalla laiyo
Godi me khilaaye sakhiya sakhiya
Nanha munna lalla laiyo
Ab ke jo saavan aayega
Dusari bidaayi dolegi
Piya ki judaayi dolegi
Now when you come back here, bring us diamond-studded key chains to carry. Bring us a sweet baby so your friends can keep him on their laps and play with him.
This monsoon-to-come, you will have a new kind of separation, as you depart from your husband and come to us.
WORD- Hire - Diamond, Challa - Key chain, Godi - Lap, Saavan - Monsoon, Judaayi - Departure.