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Prabhati:A Folk Song sung in morning by Auji on the first day of Chait month in Garhwal

Prabhati:A Folk Song sung in morning by Auji on the first day of Chait month in Garhwal

(Notes on Indian Folk Culture, Himalayan Folk Culture, UttarakhandiFolk Culture, Kumauni Folk Culture Garhwali Folk Culture)

Bhishm Kukreti

Chait is aCultural Month for rural Uttarakhand. Due to heavy migration the culturalactivities may be less in numbers or might have changed as per need of time,place and class. However, broadly there were following main cultural activitiesin rural Garhwal around seventies.

1-Chaiti by Aujee’s

2-Other activities by Aujee’s

3- Putting flowers on corners of doorsills by unmarriedgirls from Fulsangrand to Baisakhi (first day of Chait to first day or Baisakh –14th March to 14th April)

4- Dance and song programs in the night in village council courtyard.This is the reason that Uttarakhandi call Chait as Nachno or Gano maina.

5- Lang by Badis after twelve years in the village.

Cultural Activitiesby Aujees

Aujees mean who play Dhol-Damau in all auspiciousoccasions. The Aujees are very much family members or village members in allthe occasions.

On the first day ofChait, Aujees play Dhol-Damau in morning, afternoon and evening. Aujees playdifferent tone at each time.

Prabhati: A folk Song sung inmorning by Auji on the first day of Chait month in Garhwal

In morning, Aujees play 39 matraon ki talcalled Prabhati. The tal and song are initiated by prayers of BhumpalKhsetrpal, Kuldevtaa, Panchnam deities (Dhunyel Tal).

With playingDhol-Damau, Aujees also sing folk song as the following song is prayer of lordRam-Seeta Ji -

प्रभाती

स्थाई चरण – रबीभानूं कांठी चढ़ीऐ गेना , देवीसीता जी

सहायक चरण – ब्यूजीगैना पंचनाम देवाये देवी सीताजी

सस्ना बन्दचकवे की दुरोमंद तारा सीताजी

गौं कीगुलबंद खुची , पंथीपंथूं को चलीसीता जी

पूरबउज्याळी पंछी बोल्दीं देवीसीता जी

गंगा जालभरि ला देगागरी देवी सीताजी

राम जीको नयेण कीये बेला देवीसीता जी

राम जीको लादे धोतीपीताम्बरी देवी सीता जी

रबी भानूं कांठीचढ़ी ऐ गेना, देवी सीता जी

गीत मूल स्रोत्र – केशवअनुरागी , नाद नंदनी

सन्दर्भ – डा शिवा नन्दनौटियाल

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