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Bhojpuri singers take up the cause of the Ganga river

December 4, 2009 6:23:34 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Kalpana of the Big Boss-2 fame has taken the cause of Ganga River, through her new album KIS LIYE JOGI BANE that has been produced by the Wave music. At the time when the Ganga river is gasping for breath may be this ode to her majesty and to issue a clarion call to save it from getting polluted further through the medium of the local lingua franca, Bhojpuri may ring familiar chord among her patrons. Ganga as it traverses her course down stream passes most of its span through the Bhojpuri belt or the belt that speaks Bhojpuri, and it is the phase that is the most polluted for Ganga.

Could this song catapult Kalpana to a new orbit of fame? The Bhojpuri album incidentally is a tribute to the Kanwarias (those who carry water of the holy river Ganga in a contraption of earthen pots balanced through a thick bamboo stick which they balance on their shoulders), a part of folk tradition of the Hindi belt who walks from different places in Eastern India to offer water of Ganga River to Lord Shiva's temple at Deoghar in Bihar. It is the advent of Bhojpuri cinema that is giving a cinematic exposition to the ethnic traditions of the Hindi speaking belt, which otherwise was not getting a platform to express such traditions.

The song of Kalpana invokes the spirit of the Kanwarias and implores upon them not to offer the water of the Ganga river on the idol of lord Shiva as it is a polluted water that may pollute Lord Shiva. There is a subtle symbolism in the message, as the Kanwarias who travel long distance on foot can become the foot soldier to spread the message about protection of the river Ganga. Even government machinery cannot deliver the results in such an effective manner, as this song can for the cause of the one of the holiest rivers in the world.

Bhojpuri cinema fan following has spread far and wide and if the message to protect the river spreads through the song it could help in controlling the pollution by resorting to the ethnic and minor cultural traditions. The attempt of Kalpana is more in sync with the singers who used to throng the countryside in the rural areas invoking the common people to arise and work for the society. The Indian Ocean band that has composed a song to the memory of river Narmada has also done same kind of attempt.

May be, interventions of these kinds are required that could initiate a process of recovery of our natural heritages that are being consigned to the dustbins in our quest for development.

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