Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali
Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali (Hindi: रंग बरसे भीगे चूनर वाली) is a popular 1981 Hindi song from Bollywood movie Silsila. The song "Rang Barse Bhige Chunarwali" which Amitabh Bachchan sings during the film is said to be one of India's best known folk songs. The music director was Shiv-Hari, both also noted classical musicians. The taal (rhythm) of the song is Keherwa (Kaharva) of Hindustani classical music, while the lyrics were by poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, based on a traditional bhajan, by 15th-century mystic poet Meera.
The song was picturised in a film sequence showing a community Holi celebration with film's cast, and hence got link with Holi festivities. Even after three decades of its release, 'Rang Barse' remains one of the most popular songs played on the occasion of festival Holi in north India.
It is believed that tune and lyrics of this song are taken from a Rajasthani folk bhajan about Meera. However the lyrics are slightly altered into the Awadhi dialect of Hindi and to mould the song into appropriate context of the movie script. First few lines of the original bhajan are
Rang barse o meeran, bhawan main rang barse..
Kun e meera tero mandir chinayo, kun chinyo tero devro...
Rang barse o meeran, bhawan main rang barse
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