By Mrinal Pathak
Haryana is a state in Northern India. Apart from producing large quantity of milk and world famous Pehalwans, the state is known for its renowned folk songs. The folk songs from Haryana contain elements of humor, traditions and culture.
Most of the Haryanvi folk songs are women centric. The songs depict culture of Haryana from a typical Haryanvi woman’s point of view. Most of the folk songs showcase the traditions of Haryana. The songs are mostly sung during weddings and other ceremonial functions. Each folk song of Haryana shows a traditional aspect of the state. The lyrics of the songs very beautifully define the customs.
Haryana which is a labeled as one of the most patriarchal states of India due to its lowest sex ratio breaks all these stereotypes through its folk songs. The folk songs of Haryana are a perfect blend of classical Haryanvi vocals plus music and the mesmerizing Haryanvi language.
Almost all Haryanvi songs are sung by women. The women describe their desires and beauty through these songs. The songs are a clear example of the fact that the Haryanvi culture places women on top on the social hierarchical order. The other aspect of the story is that the folk songs of Haryana reduce women to only household women demanding to fulfil their basic desires. But, if one look at other folk songs of other different Indian states, some of the folk songs from all the states are slightly patriarchal in nature. The fact is that these songs were created centuries ago.
The folk songs of Haryana not only depict culture and customs of the state but also its seasons and eating habits. The cuisine of Haryana has got a special place in its folk songs. The delicacies are described in a mesmerizing way through the enchanting words of Haryana.
Two of the most famous Haryanvi songs are:-
Mera Nau Daandi ka Bijana
( My hand fan of nine sticks)
Tanney Chundhad Dawaadu Ho Nanadhi k Beera
( Buy me a dupatta husband )
With the passage of time Haryanvi songs have undergone a drastic change. Many interventions are made in Haryanvi folk songs. Few songs have also been adopted by Bollywood films. The songs produced in Haryana also have a bollywood element to them.