Ashada Maasa – Kannada Folk Song

Background: Indian folk songs are brimming with emotions. There are various types of relationships that are emotional – Mother – daughter, brother – sister, father daughter, husband – wife..and so on. In this particular song, a daughter’s longing to visit her parent’s home is visible.

When a daughter gets married, she leaves the loving home she grew up in and moves in with her husband and his family. She magically adjusts to her new environment and nurtures it. Tradition believes that a newly married girl has to stay away from her husband’s house during the season of “Ashada”. This song highlights the longing of a daughter, a dear sister who is waiting to see her parents and for her elder brother appearance at her door. “Ashada” season has almost arrived…and in those days without phone or emails, waiting period seems so long…

Ashada Maasa Banditavva

Anna baralilla Kari yaaka

Suvvalaalee Suvvalee

// Ashaada season is almost here. Brother has not come to invite me yet //

Hottu Mulugi Kattalaagi

Deepa Haccho Veleyaagi

Anna baralilla Kari yaaka

Anna baralilla Kari yaaka

Suvvalaalee Suvvalee

// Its late evening..dusk has set in ..its time to light the lamps.. brother has not come to invite me yet//

Rotti butti maadikondu

Yettina Bandi hoodikundu

Yendu ogena tavarige

Yendu ogena tavarige

Suvvalaalee Suvvalee

// With a lunch of rotis ( wheat tortillas ), on a bullock cart, when will I go to my parent’s house? //

Hindina Hottu Hinde Irali

Mundina Hottu inde barali

Yendu nodena taayiya more

Yendu nodena taayiya more

Suvvalaalee Suvvalee

Suvvalaalee Suvvalee

//  Let the time gone stay in the past , let the time that’s to come,  come now..when will I see my mother’s face? //