Every girl in Brij plays Holi. They play it with their bodies, as well as the mind. Along with Lord Krishna, their bodies are covered in numerous, beautiful colours.
WORD- Bala: Girl/ Woman, Ang: Body parts, Kanha – Name for Lord Krishna.
FACT – Brij/Braj is a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is recognized as the land of Krishna since he spent his childhood in Brij. Krishna is said to have begun the tradition of playing Holi with his friends and Gopis (female devotees) in Brij.
Gagri giri gopi sajji vrindavan ki gali gali
Kanha ke rang khilli khlli
The peacock opens its feathers in the air. The mischievous flute of Lord Krishna is now heard. The pot has fallen down. Gopi is getting ready. Every street of Vrindavan (town in Brij) has come alive with the colours of Lord Krishna.
WORD- Mor: Peacock, Bansi: Flute, Gagri: Pot, Gopi: Lord Krishna’s female devotees.
FACT- One of the most important traditions of Holi is breaking the pot which is filled with buttermilk.
Kanha sang Natraja aaye
Thumak thumak kar Ram Chandra sang
Audh ke saare Khwaaja aaye
This is such a precious moment. The King has arrived, and so have his subjects. Along with Lord Krishna, Natraja has also come. Walking with dignity, all the nobel men of Audh have come along with Lord Rama.
WORD- Praja: Subjects, Audh: a historical region of north-central India, Khwaaja: Respectable men
FACT- Natraja: A form of Lord Shiva. It translates to The Lord of Dance. His dance gave rise to 72 different dance forms including the famous Bharathanatyam.
Shankar humre dar par aae
Hori hori yeh kya ho gaya
Hare rang sang gerua mil gaya
Phagun rang ka bhed naa jaane
Ang se ang laga jag khil gaya jab rang daala
A carefree spirtual, Lord Shiva has come to their doorstep, as he grinds some bhang along the way. Begum Jaan is mystified by all that is happening. Shades of green and red have been mixed.
This festival is a moment of celebration, and it knows no barriers and differences. When we come in contact with each other, we are all the same. This entire world comes alive when it's showered with colours.
WORD- Qalandar: Ascetic/ highly spiritual being, Shankar: Name of Lord Shiva, Gerua: A shade of red, Bhed: Difference, Phagun – Month during which Holi is celebrated.
Chanan chananan tan man jhoome
Dhanan dhananan bhaag hamare
humre angna har rang jhoome
Aaj na laaj sharam ho bhaiya
aaj na koi bharam ho bhaiya
Pyaasi ke sang paani jhoome
Daasi ke sang Rani jhoome
Thunder strikes and it begins to rain. Their minds and bodies are all swaying with joy. Begum Jaan and her companions are immersed in this wonderful moment.
Their garden reverberates with music. Today, in her courtyard, every colour is present. Today, there must be no modesty and shame.
Today, they must not hold any delusions. Everybody is ONE. The water dances along with the thirsty, and the queen dances along with the female servants.
WORD- Saawan: Rains, Laaj: Modesty, Bharam: Misconception/Delusion, Daasi: Female servant during olden times.