Sunday, 26 September 2010

About Oriya Languge - Oriya Language from Wikipedia

What is Oriya (Odia)?
  • A language spoken by more than 30 million people and traces of which has been found in the even the 2nd Century BC! A language older than 2000 years old!
  • Written evidence of modern form of Odia is found from as early as  eighth century AD.
  • Oriya is the language that bears the closest resemblace to Sanskrit in its spoken form.
  • Jayadeva - an eminent Sanskrit poet from 13th century and who composed the "geet govinda" was from Puri, Orissa. Jayadeva's works had a profound influence on Oriya art forms like the Odissi Dance, devotional songs and Oriya language and culture.
Find out more about the Oriya language at wikipedia here.
A Comprehensive English-Oriya Dictionary is available free at Google Books (early 20th century dictionary)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Ei Chumki Seta Pani Re Budiba Nahinki - Maa O Mamata - Old Oriya Song Video

Ei Chumki Seta Pani Re Budiba Nahinki is one of the songs that is full of joie de vivre and life and among the popular songs of the hit pair Prashanta Nanda and Mahasweta. Ei Chumki is from the hit movie Maa O Mamata

Anyone remember Maa O Mamata?

Check out the lyrics of the Ei Chumki song here

When I had seen the movie, in I guess very early eighties, I had just fallen in love with it. Mahasweta, at her very best, was the bubbly village girl - who Prashanta Nanda (the Sahari Babu) wowed and wooed and eventually seduced. The village girl and town boy theme (or the reverse as in Dora) was very very popular in old oriya movies. This movie followed the accepted storyline when Prashanta Nanda left the village, married again and forgot all about the village belle and her still unborn child. Mohsin was in a nice cameo with a great song "Hitalika Bombalika".

See the video of this popular Oriya song "Ei Chumki" here.

Ei Chumki From Maa O Mamata (Maa O Mamata)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Vakratunda Mahakaya and Other Ganesh Songs and Ganesh Mantra for Pushpanjali

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On Ganesh Chaturthi the pushpanjali to Ganesh is offered with the chanting of the Vakratunda Mahakaya Mantra.

Here are the first two lines of the Mantra

Vakratunda Mahakaya Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvhignam Kurumedeva Sarva Karyashu Sarvada

Here is the Vakratunda Mahakaya mantra on youtube sung by Jagdish Singh

Here is the Shri Athrvashirsh Mantra Pushpanjali on Raaga.

More Ganesh Pushpanjali Songs are here

Jai Jai Ganesha Aarti is here

Happy Ganesh Chaturth!