August 4th, 2015

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Magic In Tunes: 07/30/2015 – Happy Rasagulla Day

Never knew that there is  a day dedicated just to this sweet treat Rasagulla. Apparently the Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) celebrated the 30th of July as a Rasagulla Day. If I were doing a cooking blog I would have prepared the sweet at home and posted. Instead here’s a sweet melody by Elvis Presley in honor of this day, indeed its filled with sweets from Cotton Candy Land. **Wicked Grin**. From the 1963 American musical film It Happened At The World’s Fair, Sung by Elvis himself in the movie. The Lyrics were written by Ruth Bachelor and Bob Roberts.

The song reminds me of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory movie, the book that the movie was based on was released the year after the Elvis movie was released. But the movie was made almost 7 years later and some 31 years later remade again into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A post for another day definitely, but this song is so apt for that movie too.



Lyrics in English:

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
To Sprinkle You With Sand
He'll Say "One, Two, Three"
And You'll Be, In Cotton Candy Land

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
He'll Take You, By The Hand
And You'll Ride Upon, A Big White Swan
In Cotton Candy Land

You And The Swan Will Float Upon
A Cloud Of Pink Ice Cream
Where Every Star Is A Candy Bar
And The Moon Is A Marshmallow Dream

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
Take His Magic Hand
Now Goodnight...Now Sleep Tight
In Cotton Candy Land

In Cotton Candy Land
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Magic In Tunes: 07/31/2015 – Happy Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima is celebrated by Hindus in India and Nepal on the Full Moon Day (Poornima) in the month of Ashadha (June – July) in the honor of spiritual and academic teachers. Read more about it here. This year this festival fell on the Blue Moon Day (The second full moon is called as Blue Moon when there are two full moons in one month), July 31st.

Here is a melody that shows a small town teacher who is trying to teach the students the alphabet with music and rhyme. melodies that are dedicated to the academic teachers. Ichak Dana Beechak Dana from the 1955 hit Hindi film Shree 420 ( = Mr. 420 or Mr. Cheat as 420 is a slang for a person who cheats), Sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. Music composed by Shankar – Jaikishan and Lyrics penned by Hasrat Jaipuri. Another movie that needs its own post, but for now enjoy this beautiful melody.




Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Anaar
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Chhoti Si Chhokri Lalbayee Naam Hai
Chhoti Si Chhokri Lalbayee Naam Hai
Pehne Woh Ghaghra Ek Paisa Daam Hai
Pehne Woh Ghaghra Ek Paisa Daam Hai
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Munh Me Sabke Aag Lagaye Aata Hai Rulana, Ichak Dana
Munh Me Sabke Aag Lagaye Aata Hai Rulana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Mirchi!
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Hari Thi Mann Bhari Thi Lakh Moti Jad Thi,
Hari Thi Mann Bhari Thi Lakh Moti Jad Thi
Raja Ji Ke Baag Mein Dushala Odhe Khadi Thi
Raja Ji Ke Baag Mein Dushala Odhe Khadi Thi
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Kachche Pakke Baal Hain Uske Mukhda Hai Suhana, Ichak Dana
Kachche Pakke Baal Hain Uske Mukhda Hai Suhana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Bolo Bolo? Buddhee, Bhutta
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Ek Janwar Aisa Jiske Dum Par Paisa
Ek Janwar Aisa Jiske Dum Par Paisa
Sar Pe Hai Taj Bhi Badshah Ke Jaisa
Sar Pe Hai Taj Bhi Badshah Ke Jaisa
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Badal Dekhe Chham Chham Nache Albela Mastana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Bolo Naa? Mor
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana

Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chaale Woh Chalkar Dil Mein Samaya, Khaa Pee Gaya Woh Kiya Hai Safaya
Tum Bhi Dekho Bachkar Rehna Chakkar Mein Naa Aana, Ichak Dana
Tum Bhi Dekho Bachkar Rehna Chakkar Mein Naa Aana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Ghum Huh, Hum