एवा रे एवा जोगी
बिरला इ देख्या है
सुन म्हारी सुरता प्यारी
रमते संता ने म्हारा आदेश देना
Such yogis are hard to come across!
Listen, my dear awareness
Give my salutations
To the wandering ones
What does one wandering yogi say to another? They seem to speak in a coded language, one in which fish climb up trees and the rabbit hunts in the forest! Give a nod of greeting for me, the song says, to that yogi who will understand my language.
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Jamali Bai was a powerful voice among the women folk singers of Bikaner, Rajasthan, and passed away in July 2016. She sang traditional folk songs as well as the nirgun songs of Kabir, Bhavani Nath, Gorakhnath and others mystics, which she learnt from her aunt Shabana’s satsangs. She belonged to the Dholi community of musicians and drummers, who derive their name from the dhol (drum), who traditionally performed for their patrons to make auspicious the start of any new project. Jamali Bai was always accompanied on the harmonium by her husband, Ramzan Khan, whom she considered her primary musical friend and guru.
If you have enjoyed Jamali Bai’s music, we urge you to offer support for her husband. Please contact Gopal Singh of Lokayan, a Bikaner-based NGO, at 9928522992, to do so.
Jamali Bai sang this song on the 5th night of the Rajasthan Kabir Yatra – a travelling festival, which toured 7 villages with 13 singers of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poetry in February 2012. The Yatra was organised by Lokayan in Bikaner (www.lokayan.org) in partnership with the Kabir Project, Bangalore. In this video we see 69-year old Gavra Devi, another well-known local folk singer, sitting behind Jamali Bai and clapping along.
This is one of a series of uploads for Ajab Shahar, an upcoming webspace featuring songs, images and conversations around Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poetry from India and thereabouts, currently under construction by the Kabir Project team.
Vocals: Jamali Bai
Harmonium: Ramzan Khan
Manjiras: Prakash Nathji
Translation: Shabnam Virmani & Vipul Rikhi
Camera: Aarthi Parthasarathy & Smriti Chanchani
Editing: Piyush Kashyap
Sound: Atirek Pandey
Sub-Titling: Shabnam Virmani
Collection: The Kabir Project
Place: Pugal village, Bikaner district, Rajasthan, India
Date: 27th February, 2012