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Title: Tokari

Syaama raai koliaa
Ohe binandiaa
Ohe binandiaa
Boraang saraai
Kunbone saarila dhenu he hari
Kadam tale kaanaai muruli bajaai
Kadam tale kaanaai muruli bajaai

Jomunaar baalite syaamarai kolia
Krisnaai baahin bajaai ohe binandia
Jomunaar baalite syaamarai kolia
Krisnaai baahin bajaai ohe binandia
Maathaare mukoli suli hae hari
Kadam tale kaanaai muruli bajaai
Kadam tale kaanaai muruli bajaai

O syaam kolia kot aaji palaabi tale
Syaam kolia kot aaji palaabi toi
Jomunaar baalite kadambar talate
Jomunaar baalite kadambar talate
Meraai meraai baandhiba tuke
Syaam kolia kot aaji palaabi toi
Syaam kolia kot aaji palaabi toi

Brindaabanar maaje kaanu
O syaam kolia
Gou dhenu saraai probhu
O syaam kolia
Brindaabanar maaje kaanu
O syaam kolia
Gou dhenu saraai probhu
O syaam kolia
O Banxi raawe gopi monok bhulaai he
O syaam kaliaa kot aaji palaabi toi

Jomunaar baalite kadambar talate
Meraai meraai baandhiba tuke
Syaam kolia kot aaji palaabi toi (7)

Context:

This is a  form of Folk singing from Assam called "Tokai" as it's played with a single stringed instrument of the same name. This particular song describes the playful and often mischievous antics of a young Lord Krishna and his troubled mother.

The Song:

 Lord Krishna's would merrily get away with mischief and his disregards towards the chores given by his mother. 

Krishna is loitering around in the forest and playing his flute, tapping the beat with his feet...but he's supposed to look after his cattle ? He plays his mesmerizing flute by the banks of the Yamuna River, blissful under the shade of a tree! The Gopis (his female companions) warn him...Wait  Krishna your mother is coming to get you.... where will you run today? But  they say  "your flute mesmerizes us and makes us  forget everything...but your mother will still come and catch you and tie you up to the same tree as punishment... cause you have forsaken your duty towards your herd!!" 

Where will you run today O Krishna!!

Song Review

This is a folk song from Assam. Dukari is a form of traditional folk music in Assam, which also originates from the Assamese instrument dukari. Papon has added a lot of electronic elements to the song. This form of folk music is slowly dying out in Assam & this is Papon’s attempt to give it some focus and bring it back to life.

Composer: Traditional composition
Produced & Recreated by: Papon
Language: Assamese
Lyrics: Traditional
Vocals: Papon & Sugandha Garg
Tokari: Papon
Drums: Tanmay Ray Chaudhary
Bass: Deepak Saikia
Guitar: Kalyan Baruah
Negera: Kirti Prabhar Das
Khol: Probin Saikia
Bhoor Taal: Manab Kalita

Recorded by: Steve Fitzmaurice, Ashish Manchanda, assisted by Thorsten Muller
Mixed & Mastered by Ashish Manchanda at Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai

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