Dola Re Dola

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For those of you who don’t know Aishwarya Rai, have you been living under a rock and just accessed the internet for the first time ever? If I were to introduce her properly, it would take me a few days to list her achievements and sing of her beauty and grace. But, let me attempt to keep it minimal. So, she’s the green eyed doll of Indian cinema. She started off very young as a model during her college days and soon later won the Miss World title in 1994. Thereafter, she has acted in innumerable Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood and Hollywood projects. She comes from humble beginnings without the free ticket of nepotism. She is a trained classical dancer and the best critically acclaimed dancer of her time among women. For those of you not acquainted with classical Indian dance, there are several forms. Each state is known for a particular form, so you can imagine. Girls begin at a very young age and give examinations and accomplish levels in their training. Just like Jazz Ballet, classical dance cannot be taught overnight. It takes years of time, practice and dedication. It may seem all too simple to the untrained eye, but they are very difficult in reality. And they’re dancing in very heavy Indian costumes that weigh almost 10kgs. Most classical forms of dance here have their origins in temple or deity worship. This song is from a Bollywood movie and the scene is that these two women are dancing as part of a puja{offertory/prayer}celebrations at a major Hindu festival. For the religious fanatics, let me assure you – neither the lyrics nor dance hint at any kind of worship. They are dancing with love for the same man! πŸ˜‰ If you want more dope on that – they’re giddy headed about Devdas{ShahRukh Khan} who has become a drunkard because he couldn’t marry his childhood sweetheart {Aishwarya} due to the caste system prevalent in that era. She is forced to marry another man and Shah Rukh now spends his time in a brothel with this other woman in the song who happens to be a prostitute{played by Madhuri Dixit} who has now fallen in love with him. Quite some story, eh? πŸ˜‰

So anyway, this song has some amazing dance moves that even the best classical dance would find difficult to imitate. Madhuri Dixit was the reigning queen before Aishwarya Rai. Both are self made women known for the exact same things – immense beauty, outstanding dancing skills and grace. No woman would ever dare to dance beside Madhuri and no woman would dare to dance alongside Aishwarya. It would kill their career and attract only negative criticism due to comparison. Somehow, these two stars agreed to dance alongside each other and hence this spectacular song was begotten. Now, die-hard fans of Madhuri claim she was the better dancer and Team Aishwarya argue Ash overshadowed Madhuri. Why don’t you take a peek at the video below and decide for yourself?

I’m writing a poem inspired by this particular song, like I do so often. Good music can be so motivating.

Dola Re Dola – Ruelha

Oh, what is this situation?
In the midst of this frustration.
Despite the confusion.
I'm filled with affection.
My mind keeps playing melodies.
Ideally, I should be filled with jealousy.
But, life has played an evil game.
And you're no longer mine to claim.

So my heart giggles in playful cheer.
My mind wishes you were near.
And I'm dancing with this lady.
Risking my reputation like crazy.
My heart swayed, my mind swayed.
And all of us are etched in this masquerade.
I'm trying to smile.
Imagining you all the while.

I wear the heavy dance anklets.
And fill my wrists with jingling bracelets.
I dance to your name.
Wishing things were the same.
But, this society and system,
who claim to have ancient wisdom,
have only destroyed our hopes.
I wish we could just elope.

With a prostitute beside, I sway and sway.
Whoever thought I would have to see such a day?
But, this is the reality of life.
Unfortunately, I couldn't be your wife.
I spin and dance.
Hoping to find you in my arms.
Forever in my eyes.
Till the day I die.

Oh, what is this situation?
In the midst of this frustration.
Despite the confusion.
I'm filled with affection.
My mind keeps playing melodies.
Ideally, I should be filled with jealousy.
But, life has played an evil game.
And you're no longer mine to claim.

- RUELHA
www.ruelha.com
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Gif Image source and credit:gfycat.com
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Pic source and credit:indiatvnews.com

Lyrics and translation:

O maahi!O my beloved!
Hey dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Hey dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Lag jaane do nazariyaLet the eyes be on me
Gir jaane do bizuriyaLet lightning fall
Bizuriya, bizuriyaLightning, lightning
Gir jaane do aaj bizuriyaLet lightning fall
Lag jaane do nazariyaLet the eyes be on me
Gir jaane do bizuriyaLet lightning fall
Band ke main ghungrooI’ll tie the leg jingles
Pehan ke main payalI wear the anklets
Band ke main ghungrooI’ll tie the leg jingles
Pehan ke main payalI wear the anklets
O jhoom ke nachoongiI’ll shake and dance
Ghoom ke nachoongiI’ll spin and dance
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Dekho ji dekho dekhoLook here look
Kaisi yeh jhankar haiWhat sort of jingling is this
Inki aankhon mein dekhoLook in her eyes
Piya ji ka pyar haiShe has the love for her beloved
Inki awaaz mein hoyeIn her voice
Kaisi khankar haiThere is a chime
Piya ki yaadon mein yehIn the memories of her beloved
Jiya bekarar haiHer heart is restless
Haai … haai … haai!Hey … hey … hey!
Maathe ki bindiya mein woh haiHe is in her forehead dot
Palkon ke neendiya mein woh haiHe is in her sleepy eyelashes
Tere toh tann mann mein woh haiHe is in your body and heart
Tere bhi dhadkan mein woh haiHe is in your heartbeat as well
Churi ke chan chan mein woh haiHe is in the jingling of bangles
Chan chan chan chanJingling, jingling
Chanak chanak chan … chanak chanakJingling … jingling
Kangan ki khan khan mein woh haiHe is in the chiming of bracelets
Khanak khanak khanChiming, chiming
Khanak khanak khan … khan khan khanChiming … chiming
Churi ki chan chan mein woh haiHe is in the jingling of bangles
Kangan ki khan khan mein woh haiHe is in the chiming of bracelets
Band ke main ghungrooI’ll tie the leg jingles
Pehan ke main payalI wear the anklets
O jhoom ke nachoongiI’ll shake and dance
Ghoom ke nachoongiI’ll spin and dance
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Hey … hey … hey!Hey … hey … hey!
Tumne mujhko duniya de diYou gave the world to me
Mujhko apni khushiyan de diYou gave me your happiness
Unse kabhi na hona doorDon’t you ever go far from him
Dola dola dil … dola dola dilMy heart swayed … my heart swayed
Dola dola dolaI swayed and swayed and swayed
Haan maang mein bhar lena sindoorFill vermillion in your hair parting
Dola dola mann … dola dola mannMy mind swayed … my mind swayed
Dola dola dolaI swayed and swayed and swayed
Unki baahon ka tum ho phoolYou’re the flower of his arms
Dola dola dil … dola dola dilMy heart swayed … my heart swayed
Dola dola dolaI swayed and swayed and swayed
Main hoon kadmo ki bas dhoolI’m just the dust of his feet
Dola dola mann … dola dola mannMy mind swayed … my mind swayed
Dola dola dolaI swayed and swayed and swayed
Band ke main ghungrooI’ll tie the leg jingles
Pehan ke main payalI wear the anklets
Band ke main ghungrooI’ll tie the leg jingles
Pehan ke main payalI wear the anklets
O jhoom ke nachoongiI’ll shake and dance
Ghoom ke nachoongiI’ll spin and dance
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Dola re dola re dola re dolaHey I swayed and swayed and swayed
Haai dola dil dolaMy heart swayed
Mann dola re dolaMy mind swayed
Dola dola dola … dola dola dolaI swayed … I swayed
Dola dola dola … dola dola dolaI swayed … I swayed
Dola dola dola … dola dola dolaI swayed … I swayed
Dola dola dola … dola dola dolaI swayed … I swayed
Aye dola re!Hey I swayed!

37 Comments

  1. Lovely Rue Yet i must Dance Sing if i am ‘the Young Rich Prince Dude’ on the Sidelines

    i’d Just Be Bored Rather Be An Old Man With Empty Pockets God Yes

    Entertaining Hundreds of Young Women

    Having no Idea i was

    Entertaining

    Them

    At All

    Something About

    Loving Life my FRiEnD

    Just For The Dance And Song

    She’s A Fantastic Dancer Yet i’d Rather

    See it Free Flowing Without Lessons the

    Way You Write Poetry *Boom..

    For I’m Sure You

    Realize i am

    Being Totally Honest WiTh SMiLes..

    For Where There Are No Secrets No Lies

    Both Life And Love Flows Forever Now Wherever

    It Dances And Sings Next i must Admit Indian Women

    Are Among the Loveliest Dancers And Singers in all they Do

    Of course

    Rue

    You

    Are No Exception With SMiLes

    of Basic Aesthetic Appreciation of
    Living Sunsets and Sunrises

    Coloring Life

    Even More

    Twilight

    How Shall We Describe

    Colors of FLoWeRS Forevermornow

    We Will Dance And Sing Truth in LiGHT A Way of Love..

    The Way You Presented the Arts and Sciences of this Subject Simply Stellar..:)

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    1. Hi Wael. India has huge potential. We are very rich in natural resources. The land here is mostly fertile and we have the largest consumer market in the whole wide world which is the reason all the Western companies look for opportunities in India because it’s a big source of revenue, not to mention a major portion in their books. Like all countries, we have our flaws and things that need fixing. We have an ancient culture with a rich heritage that offers several benefits too, like Lebanon. Take care.

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