The song Madhaniya, is about a girl who musically wails and wonders about the irony of her life. Born to someone, and taken away by another, just because she weaves the dreams of marriage.
WORD- Madhaniya means the process of churning curd and making butter- which is part of popular Punjabi culture.
As she stands on the threshold, ready to fly, she symbolically reflects upon the memory of rainbow pigeons that freely sing in the courtyard of her father’s palatial home.
TRIVIA- Rainbow pigeons also known as Nicobar pigeons are usually found in the costal islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India.
She then calls out to her helpless father, telling him that his beloved daughter shall soon be a stranger in the distance.
TRIVIA- On Madhaniya, Neha Bhasin recruits Tapas Roy to play the Dotara- a 2-5 stringed musical instrument, usually played in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Bangladesh. It’s origins date back to the fifteenth century when mystic medieval singers called Baul’s began using it in West Bengal.
She remembers that the brothers she once played with, are now the ones who softly push her palanquin, bidding her the final farewell.
Neha Bhasin spoke to RandM about singing Punjabi folk songs- “The point is to reinvent the legacy of folk music and bring the purity of the music to the younger crowd with a modern twist. The videos are always metaphoric and very glamorous because that’s me”.
Her voice and her soul quiver as she relives the moment when she finally embraced her mother, when the walls and the verandahs wept, when the feelings surged up like a volcano and flowed from their eyes like a river.