"Kajri" Songs of the Indian monsoon
Released : March 2002
Total songs in album : 11
Style : Monsoon Songs
Region : Eastern Uttar Pradesh
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to a folk tale of Mirzapur, there was woman
called Kajli whose husband was in a distant
land. Monsoon arrived and separation became
unbearable. She began to cry at the feet
of the Kajmal Goddess and these cries took
the form of the popular Kajri songs.
Come monsoon... and it brings relief from
the sizzling hot summer.
Come the black clouds... and separation
from the beloved become unbearable.
Each bolt of lightning hits straight at
the heart and makes it beat faster.
Kajri, the songs of longing are the outbursts
of a woman overwhelmed by desire.
Rimjhim Barse Re by Sucharita Gupta says
The rain drops fall softly
My friends sing the songs of Kajri
My chunri gets wet
Oh save me, my love...
Derived from the word Kajal meaning Kohl,
Kajris are sung by classical and semi classical
musicians. There are two forms of Kajri
singing in UP, one that is sung on a performance
platform and the other sung by women dancing
in a semi-circle, the 'Dhunmuniya Kajri'.