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Currency demonetisation: In the hinterland, they groove to PM Modi's move

Author: Akhilesh Singh, TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 25, 2016
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/In-the-hinterland-they-groove-to-Prime-Ministers-move/articleshow/55611864.cms

Demonetisation may have dampened spirits in the wedding season in many places, but in the hinterland of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and the Bhojpuri speaking regions of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, some weddings are resounding to the beat of songs extolling the Prime Minister's move.

Several singers have become popular thanks to the high demand of the songs hailing "note-bandi" (scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes). "Kaala dhan je rakhle hoi, laagal baa dil pe chot ho, Modiji hajar paan-saua ke band kaile note ho... Bora mein je bhi bhari ke baa rakhle, rowa ta lot pot ho (People having black money are hit badly and mourning as Modi has banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes)"-a Bhojpuri song by Chhotu Bhardwaj has rocked eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, regions with 35% of the country's population.

"Ratiya mein band kaila paanch sau hajaria, ab kaise kati din raat ho, jaa E Modi, eika kaila hamni amirawan pe ghaat ho (You banned Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes at midnight. Oh Modi! you have hurt the rich badly!)", is another song sweeping the Bhojpuri regions where DJs are playing them as dance numbers in baraat processions.

Some masons and labourers from Bihar, working in a South Delhi locality claim to be using 'note-bandi' songs as wake-up alarms on their mobiles. "We have received the songs from our village friends," says Ram Prasad, a labourer.
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