Hey, Come on, dear, Charming Bull

Posted on ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 13, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hey ,come on ,dear ,Charming Bull

Where he was born ,Charming Bull

On top of the mountain ,he was born,Charming Bull

Where you have born ,hello,Charming Bull

In the stone-cave , he was born, Charming Bull

Salutation with four legs , Charming Bull

A white-spot on the forehead , Charming Bull

White-stripe on the tail, Charming Bull

White-patch beneath the belly , Charming Bull

White-dots in four legs , Charming Bull

Cattle-food from the vessel , he ate, Charming Bull

Water beneath the rock, he drank , Charming Bull

Creeper grass , he ate, Charming Bull

Grass-buds under thorns, he ate ,Charming Bull

I should descend the mountains ,he said, Charming Bull

Be near stick-fence of the poor ,hey , Charming Bull

For each step , he snorts ,Charming Bull

Gutru   Gutru   Gutru   Gutru   Gutru   Gutru   Gutru

Now the mountain, he descended ,dear , Charming Bull

Crops of the poor, may be there , dear , Charming Bull

For each step , he snorted , the Charming  Bull

Go on the bund, come on the bund , Charming Bull

Cattle-food in vessel, he ate , Charming Bull

Water beneath the the rock, he drank , Charming Bull

For each step, he snorted , Charming Bull

Gutru  Gutru  Gutru  Gutru  Gutru  Gutru  Gutru

Hey , come on ,dear , Charming Bull


In the Tuluva culture ,a folk culture from the southwest-coast of karnataka, India, women in the paddy fields ,sing work-songs like ‘kabita’ .Traditionally ,only women carry out two important activities of paddy cultivation  , namely the pulling out and transplanting of the paddy seedlings. The women sing  ‘kabitas’ ,the shorter narrative worksongs  in a group , while transplanting paddy seedlings.Such ‘ kabitas ‘ represent the aspirations and activities of Tuluva women.

The kabita in English translation of the Tulu text , given above is ‘yee daa  balla magaa dooji kemmairaa ‘ ( Hey , come on , dear , Charming Bull ). This kabita, short narrative in Tulu , describes a’ Charming Bull  ‘, the different parts of its body , its gestures and its various actions .At the end of the song , there is a reference to this ‘Charming Bull ‘ , its waiting for the cows in hiding  , and also to the appearance of young cows.Though not in the text of the song , in the actual singing context , the women in the paddy-field ,at this juncture , catch hold of each other in fun and enjoyment. This section conspicuously comes immediately after the mention of young cows in relation to admiration of the bull. Thus considering the text and context ,this ‘ kabita ‘ can be interpreted a a symbolic representation of the desire for love and mating.


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