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Mehndi hai rachne wali

February 19, 2017

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Link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTpxYgX6RPU

Meaning and Context:

As I have written before, Mehndi is an important occasion before the wedding when mehndi or heena is applied on the bride’s hands (and feet). It is an occasion for some singing and dancing for the bride’s side, an opportunity for all the women-folk to gather around the bride and praise her beauty and the beauty of the mehndi freshly drawn on her hands. Mehndi is said to accentuate the beauty of the bride, make her look even more beautiful.

Among the many traditional and popular songs for the occasion is this lovely song from Zubeida written by ace lyricist, Javed Akhtar. Although, the setting in the movie is quite an unhappy one, as the girl is being married without her consent, but the song has went on to become one of the most loved Mehndi songs of all times.

It is written in the style of very traditional folk songs of Mehndi. It draws on a number of expressions which are found in folk songs, like the bride is called ‘hariyali banni’, which literally means ‘verdant bride’. The expression is used to say that the bride will bring prosperity to her husband’s household.

Then, like many wedding folk songs, there is mention of various women relatives of the bride– mother, maternal-aunt, maternal grandmother, and so on… They all are filled with joyous anticipation for their girl’s new life. They take the opportunity to tease her about the approaching wedding day and her first intimate encounter with the groom. They tell her that the groom will be mesmerized by her mehndi, and the deeper the colour of mehndi gets, the more will her husband love her.

Lyrics to the song:

Mehndi hai rachne wali
Hatho mein gehri laali

Kahen sakhiyan, ab kaliyaan
Hathon mein khilne wali hain
Tere manko, jeevan ko,
Nai khushiyan milne wali hai

O hariyali banno…
Le jane tujhko guyyian
Aane wale hain saiyan
Thamenge aake baiyyan
Goonjegi shahnai… Angnaai angnaai…

Mehndi hai rachne wali…

Gayein maiya aur mausi
Gayein behna aur bhabhi
Ki.. Mehndi khil jaye,
Rang laye, hariyali banni

Gayein phufi aur chachi
Gayein nani aur dadi
Ki… Mehndi man bhaaye,
Saj jaye, hariyali banni

Mehndi roop sanware ho…
Mehndi rang nikhare ho…
Hariyali banni ke aanchal mein utrenge taare

Mehndi hai rachne wali…

Gaaje baaje baaraati
Ghoda gaadi aur haathi ko
Laayenge saajan, tere aangan
Hariyali banni…

Teri mehndi wo dekhenge
To apna dil rakh denge wo
Pairo me tere chupke se
Hariyali banni…

Mehndi roop sanware ho…
Mehndi rang nikhare ho…
Hariyali banni ke aanchal mein utrenge taare

Mehndi hai rachne wali…

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Line by line translation:

Mehndi is about to darken
Deep redness in hands

Girlfriends say, now flower-buds
Are going to blossom in hands
Your heart, your life,
Is about to receive new happiness

Oh verdant bride…
To take you away, dear
Your lover is about to come
He will hold your hand
Trumpets will resound… In the courtyard

Mehndi is about to darken…

Mother and maternal-aunt sing
Sister and sister-in-law sing
That… May the Mehndi blossom
Brings colour, verdant bride

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Paternal aunts sing
Grandma and grandmom sing
That… Mehndi be heart-pleasing
Beautifies, verdant bride

Mehndi makes you look beautiful…
Mehndi makes you glow…
Stars will descend into the lap of verdant bride

Mehndi is about to darken…

With pomp and show and entourage
Horse, car, and elephant
Will the groom bring, to your courtyard
Verdant bride

He will see your Mehndi
He will keep his heart
In your feet, quietly
Verdant bride…

Mehndi makes you look beautiful…
Mehndi makes you glow…
Stars will descend into the lap of verdant bride

Mehndi is about to darken…

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