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Why Sambalpuri Song is so cheap and Vulgar?

These questions might tricky for those who love the Sambalpuri/Koshali songs so much. As per my knowledge is concerned I don't find any Vulgarity in any of the Sambalpuri/Koshali songs. 

Just go to any music parlor or search on the internet about Sambalpuri/Koshali song and listen to the music carefully you will find the richness of sweet sounds, but I could understand that you didn't understand the language that's ok. 

Don't need to Understand just listen to the music if you will still find any vulgarity in it then we consider you as an outsider or who don't love other languages or other cultures, having the ideas of 'India is a multilingual country'. 

Let me tell you one thing there are Koshali words that seem like there is no respect in the words like ''Tui Kana Be'' that's not the case. But how Sambalpuria/Koshali people use those terms in day to day basis there is any difference. 
Firstly if you are from Coastal Odisha or South Odisha you may find it difficult to understand because there are 100% difference in Odia language and Koshali Language. Both languages are different from each other. Their grammars, scripts, novel, literary works are different. One thing I need to tell you if you are asking this silly question before you ask you need to do a little bit of research on Odia and Koshali. 

I will give you a suggestion that please refer to a book or read History of Odisha, History of Koshal then you will find lots of facts about Western Odisha. Although Sambalpuri songs seem like the tribe's song the answer is yes very much. People of Western Odisha try to protect their culture and tradition through their language and song architecture etc. 

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What is the meaning of the Song Rangabati?

       Rangabati is the most rated, Popular Sambalpuri/Kosli song of Western Odisha. According to Wikipedia

Rangabati is arguably the most popular recorded song in Odisha. The male singer (Jitendra Haripal) of this song has received the Padma Shri award in the year 2017. 

The song was first recorded for All India Radio in the mid-1970s. After its popularity, a record company from Kolkata (then Calcutta)- Indian Record Manufacturing Company Ltd (INRECO), recorded the song in 1976. The disc release was delayed because of some dispute and finally, it was released in 1978–79.[1]

 The Sambalpuri song was written by Mitrabhanu Gauntia and composed by Prabhudatta Pradhan and sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel.[2] In the 1970s and 1980s, the song gained popularity for being played in marriage procession and murti immersion.[3] The song got official recognition as it was played in the tableau of Odisha as part of the Republic Day (India) celebration in New Delhi in 2007.

 The chief singer Jitendra Haripal was felicitated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik later that year. The song has also been used as the cheer song during an international cricket match in Barabati StadiumCuttack.[4] "Rangabati" was recreated in many other languages of India and has been recreated in Telugu for a movie.

Lyrics of Rangabati Song

     Ho rangabati re rangabati
Ho rangabati rangabati
Hey rangabati rangabati
Ho rangabati rangabati
Rangabati rangabati kanaka lata
Hasi pade kahana katha..(2x)
Hai go laje laje go laje laje
Eh laje laje go laje laje
Hai laje laje nai jauche matha go
Naikara naikara atha..(2x)
Eh laje laje nai jauche matha go
Naikara naikara atha
Sapana rajar sapana
Sapana rajar sapana
Ranir lagi suta mali helana guthan
Rangabati rangabati
Hai akhin asichhe kete sapana
Eh jibardhan jibar jiban
Gala ratan re..(2x)
Mane mali mahakana ho
Mane mali mahakana..(2x)
Ahha mor dhana kede milana
Chhana chhana hesi mana
Hai kede milana aha mor dhana
Chhana chhana hesi mana
Diheen khanji gala sangar sarisa..(2x)
Tuhu tuhu maane hae suruta
Rangabati rangabati
Hey ranga ranga ranga ranga..
Hey rangabati...
Hai laje laje nai jauche matha go
Naikara naikara atha..(2x)
      ·         What is the meaning of the Sambalpuri song Rangabati? (Answer By Sambeet Sathpathy)

The song is a lyrical conversation between two lovers
Boy-Rangabati O Rangabati (O my colourful Lady)
         Rangabati Rangabati kanaka lata( tender as a golden creeper)

          Hasi pade kahana katha (give me a smile and utter a sweet word of endearment for me)
Girl- Hai go laze laze o laze, laze ( In my coquettishness )

         laze, laze laze nai zauche matha go (I cant look straight into your eyes)
         nai kara nai kara aatha (please leave me alone)
Boy- Sapana rajar sapana (You are but a royal dream)

        ranir lagi suta mali helana guthan (a precious pendant strung in the queen's necklace)
        rangabati rangabati
Girl- e akhin asichhe kete sapana (You are the dream of my eyes)

       eh jibardhan jibar jiban gala ratan re (The treasure of my heart, the life of my life You as my life and the jewel adorning my neck)
     mane mali mahakana ho (You are the fragnance of jasmine, that seduces my desire and makes my heart dance with joy)

    aha mor dhana kede milana  (when you are with me , who needs friends or acquaintances)
    chhana chhana hesi mana (I am eager for our union).

The song has a fuller version with extended lyrics.


"Rangabati re rangabati" is a popular folk song in the sambalpuri dialect of Odia language.

The original song was recorded for All India Radio in the 1970s and became widely popular at a time when the transmission was limited to coastal districts and few substations in western Odisha.

 In 1979/80 it became the first song of India broadcasted in BBC London and VOA America.M ost of the credit goes to the melodious music (written by Mitrabhanu Gauntia, composed by Prabhudatta Pradhan and sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel.) and use of folk instruments  (dhol,Nishan jhanj and muhuri) which gave an instant flavour of Odia roots and identity.

As a kid, I was always fascinated by the timeless popularity of the song and its graceful performance by sambalpuri folk dancers. 

It had become a slow starter for any cultural function, drinks break song at any international match in Barabati stadium, marriage procession, idol immersion. 

The song got official recognition as it was played in republic day parade 2007 in Delhi as a part of Odisha state tableau. The song has gathered immense popularity in Russia and South Korea cutting across nations, time and languages.

#Why do Western Odisha people hate people of Coastal region?

This question will make a Katkia People or Odia angry. Not because they hate the western Odisha people. I have heard somewhere that People of Coastal region call western Odisha people ''ADIVASI''. 

And another interesting thing I would like to introduce to you that What Western Odisha People call People from Odia or Cuttack are called ''Katkia''. Let me give you a strength definition What is Katkia Or Odia? I know it sounds bit tricky but the answer is ''Those who speak Odia people from Western Odisha called them Katkia'' it doesn't matter he/she from Baleswar, or Anugul or Barahmpur all are Katkia.

5 The most Important reasons why do western Odisha people hate people of coastal region?
·         Odia/ Katkia Language
·         There attitude/ Behavior
·         There Culture/Festivals
·         Political Views
·         Exploitation

#Why are people of Western Odisha against the Odia Script?

Thanks to Litu Mahanty for your great answer

NO, THEY ARE NOT. Its a Propaganda made by some badly disapproved of peoples. Mind you There are effective Ministers has a place with Western Odisha. Indeed, even the focal Cabinet Minister(Juel Oram) additionally Belongs to this part.

The Industry belt of Odisha, where it is getting most extreme Revenue is from Rourkela, Joda Barbil… The Mines division which is the center for Industrial advancement for Odisha has a place with Western Odisha.

The Language is diverse ( Odia Ascent) for each of the 30 Districts. That is a Diversity, not a social contrast

The Major speculation Odisha will get in Vedanta, Jindal, and Tata steel a tune of 97k crore, the significant part will be put resources into the western Part.

Truly, there is an Issue with social insurance, yet now Government is building 3 Medical universities mostly supported by WESTERN ODISHA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL in BALANGIR, KALAHANDI, AND SUDERGARH. As the Private venture happens, there will be Development in both Healthcare and Infrastructure.

Naxalism is Controlled in a preferred path over Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. The Tribal belt is in Western Odisha, They Loved being called Odia and they are doing Great in Terms of Sports( Dilip Trikey, such a significant number of Hockey national Players)

KISS ( Kalinga establishment of sociology) is completing a superb activity in the inspiring of Tribal Kids. some of them are exceeding expectations in various fields.

Waterfront Odisha is having Paradeep port, the Only major thing..Of course the Medical school and High court, Reason, CUTTACK used to be the old capital of Odisha.

For whatever length of time that we as a whole are United as Odia. We will Grow..and That's the Future. No one will stop us as the Most developing and Rich province of India by 2025.
Western Odia dialect, or Sambalpuri dialect, is talked in 9 Odishan locale boarding Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. 

The regions of Bargarh, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Sonepur and Sundargarh talk generally Western Odia dialect – the dialect recently begat as Koshali, after a couple of personal stake gathering's pointless endeavor for a different statehood to draw political mileage.
In any case, in all actuality, the western Odia dialect is an alternate rendition of Odia. They don't have isolated content, they are composed in Odia.

Sambalpuri Odia is a blend of Hindi and Odia, which is a result of their closeness to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand (in the past Bihar) and its kin's long relationship with parts of North India.

In Odisha, one can discover unmistakable and different Odia dialects talked crosswise over areas. The Odia talked in Cuttack or Khurda isn't comparable with that of Ganjam or Dhenkanal. 

Truth be told, dialects, phonetics, and accents are impacted by its geological vicinity to the flanking districts. This isn't just observed in Odisha, rather over the globe. Indeed, even in western Odisha, there are distinctive variations of Odia.

Note: I am not an etymologist and would love to hear your proposal. The appropriate response just bears my sentiment and good judgment. 

There are no hard sentiments by any stretch of the imagination. Such kind of inquiries truly contacts my heart; as much as a few other sensible Indians and that is the reason I endeavored an answer. I have a portion of my closest companions who are from western Odisha and have invested a lot of energy in Balangir.

#What is the meaning of Sambalpuri Song Dalkhai Re?

(Thanks Jogesh Panda, Being Odia Blo)

Rasarkeli song (savor of erotic taste), Jaiphula (a flower), Bhamara song (black bee song), Gua-Nadia geet (betel nut-coconut song), Nialmalli (a combination of two flowers), Dalkhai song (leaf eater song) are the songs sung by both the young boys and girls. Rasarkeli's song represents the intense love and attraction of a male towards a female. 

The male addresses a female as ‘Rasarkeli’ which literally means the store of erotic savor Jaipuhula (one petalled Jasmine) and Nialimalli are the names of the flowers. 

The combination of the Niali flower with Malli (Jasmine) symbolizes the close and undivided friendship in between the companions. So one friend addresses the other as Jaipuhula or Nialimalli.

 All the songs, thus, represent the deep love and relationship between the companions. Bhamara geet is especially sung by the females only to tease and disrepute the males. The eternal relationship of a black bee with the flower is a well-known allegory in Indian aesthetics. 

The lustful character of a black bee indulged with many of flowers is the symbol of a lustful adulterer. The Bhamara song of Kalahandi represents the above sense of poetic expression.

The gua-Nadia geet is also an interesting song found in this locality. Gua means betel nut and ‘nadia’ means coconut. 

These two fruits hard on the surface and juicy within represent the hard and strong surface of the woman’s behavior with a hidden softness in her brace. If one can manage to penetrate into the heart of the woman by overcoming her rude behavior he can only enjoy her savor. 

The theme of the Gua-Nadia song of this region is, thus, symbolic with poetic taste. Dalkhai is a song well distributed in Western Orissa. In Sambalpur district, this song is used at the time of rituals. But in this area, the song is used at the time of entertainment. Sajani (addressed by one girl to her companion) is a song of conversation in between two girl companions.

All these songs are based on eternal love. The joys and sorrows of human feelings have been reflected in it. The sweet and emotive feelings of the lovers of both the sexes are portrayed in the above songs in a simple and lucid manner. 

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The love and hatred, the attraction towards each other, the thirst for the union, the social bond as an obstacle in their free unity, the arrogance of a female to her beloved male, the presumption and pretension of the young lady to her lover, the desire for elopement by the couple, the social hindrances standing against their way and will, the strong emotional desire to die and dedicate for each other are portrayed in the sad songs. 

The exultant feelings of lovers flow down from their heart like a wild stream in the form of oral tradition. The eternal love and beauty and the symbol of human feelings have been picturized in it. 

The greatness of this song is that it is ever-living as oral tradition and it is the song through which a young man expresses his secret desire before a beloved to choose his life partner in which the society also gives its full recognition. To get the vivid taste of some songs are given below

Dalkhai Re Sambalpuri Song Lyrics

Malifula phutikari maha maha basu

Kala bhamarake dekhi gaha gaha hasu

Tara tara hele nani alge jai basu

Kie toke kain kahela sangata

Alge jai basu nani de kahide re.

(You bloom and smell like jasmine,

You smile at the sight of black bee,

when I approach, you keep aloof,

who did say you, what o mate,

you sit alone, O’ maid, tell me)


Nandi tene pare kire gurjiphula dhoba,

Amemane chaluthile naikara lobha,

Nandi tene pare kire pakhanara gadi,

Chhane para jugithiba sangata

Sange jima gadhi kia Dagadia re.

Maa bua nani baile sangata,

Jima udlia, kia Dagadia re.

(O Rasarkli, Across the river, there are while flowers.

Don’t avarice on us during our walk,

Across the river, there’s the stone seat

O compeer wait me a while

we shall go to bathe together

O how imposter he is,

if parents deny O comanion, we

will elope.)

Jaiphula Song :


Sahaja patara hate,

Bana luga dei anichhe tote


Ghaita balibu mote.

(O jaiphula, saj leaf in my hand.

I have brought you instead of woven

Clothes, you will call me husband.)

Jaiphulare, panigala sagaraku

mana karithili sunagoriku


Chora buhinela taku.

(O jaiphula, water glided down to

the sea, I desired the golden fairy,

O jaiphula, the thief stole her.)

Bhamara Song :

Khaili rasa gulgula,

Tora nai babu maheji pila,

Maheji pila ho sate,

Mora sange mana bhula bhamarare.

(I ate juicy sweets

You have no wife nor children.

Really, you come to me,

O black bee.)

Duare ghantilu dhana,

Ame tukilamane khailu pana

Khailu pana ho sate

Pilamane hinamana bhamara re.

(Dried paddy on the corridor

We girls chewed betel,

The boys are deprived;

O black bee.)

Gua-nadia Song :

Barike dogila hansa,

Muhuke dekhile ho sate,

Budhi bayase,

Sate, kusari rakhichhu rasa re


Sate dindiri ase bhendia re


(Swan corssed the boundary

Your visage looks old in age

You are the stock of sugarcane

O guanadia, the young lad moves around you.)

Ahare ukiabati !

Tui nai heluga sate amara jati

Sate kole dhari chuma detire guanadia,

Sate kindiri ase bhendia re guanadia.

(O brighrty ! were you my caste,

Really, I’d kiss you putting on my lap,

O guanadia, the young lad moves around you.)

Nialimalli :

Tena pati base Bandu

Machha nai bali kainje kandu

Sate bhaluchama tike bandhu re

Nialimalli, Nialimallike paimi bali

Kede asha Karithili.

(The Bandu [1] bird sat on the

‘Tenda pati’ [2] (water lifting crane)

Why do you cry, that you have no

moustache tie a bear skin on it

O Nialimalli

to get you, how great hope I had !)


Suru suru bhaji mulapatara

khaibake nanai hela batara

Dasata anguthi panchata mundi,

Ame naijanu dalkhai, Khechada budhi.

(The little greens and raddish leaf,

O leaf-eater became worthy of eating

there are ten fingers for five rings

O dalkhai we don’t know how to tease.)

1. Bandu pati : A bird like owl

2. Tenda pati : Water lifting wooden crane.

Dalkhaire, chala tukilemane nadike jima,

Rupara thaline lau katima

Sunara thaline jogara [1] nema,

Khaibake dema juna puruna

Suibake seja palanka uchhaidame ki dalkhaire,

(O leaf-eater, let us all the girls, go to the

river, Cut the gourd in silver plate,

take the ‘jogara’ in golden plate

we will feed them opening new and old

fetch them quit and palanquin to sleep.)

1. Jogara : Fooding and clothing provided to the host by their relatives for the guest as the part of the ritual.

Sajani Song :

Sajani, kahin jaithila jane,

Khata paridele basiba chhane,

Katha charipada bane sajanire.

(O companion, where had you been alone?

You will sit for sometime when offered cot,

to have four good words gossip, O companion.)


Sajani, alua chaula jhain,

Tumara mana katha kahila nai

Sajani, aja janigali muhin.

#Why is there so little information on the Sambalpuri language? Are there any translation books from Sambalpuri to English? What are useful links?

This is little bit Foolish questions don't ask like this just go to any social media or Search engine and Type whatever related to Kosali and Sambalpuri I guarantee you, you will definitely find lots of information about Kosali and Sambalpuri.

#What is the solution for development of Western Odisha? Are people of coastal Odisha ignorant the Western Odisha? 

I think only one solution for this question that is a Separate state. Whenever anything happened in India at last only one solution came out from that kind of situation separate.

1- Better Governance

#What are some thoughts about Western Odisha?

Thanks, to-Matruprashad Mishra

1.       The development of KBK areas,
2.      Medical College at Bolangir,
3.      Medical College at Rourkela
4.      Mahanadi Water issues
5.      Modernization of VSS Medical College
6.      Setting up of High Court bench at Sambalpur

These are some of the urgent issues of Western Odisha which should be attended promptly to by the Central and State Governments in consultation with other states and institutions concerned.
Western Odisha lacks good politicians who can argue the case of our land in the state legislature in spite of a large number of natural resources. 

take the case of Balasore without any such natural resources they manage to get their fair share from the government. because life is unfair and in “business as in life u don't get what u deserve,u get what u negotiate.” 

and when they fail to do so they give us the false dream of a separate state!!, what good will that do for them how will they argue for our state in the parliament??
There are a few progressives including Veer Surendrasai

One gigantic waterway: Mahanadi which is the lifesaver of the entire of Odisha and one extraordinary contributory River Tel which nourishes it in its keep running up to Satkosia pig out.

One incredible writer Gangadhar Meher who is among the most prominent present-day artists of Odisha.

Asia's greatest mud flood: Hirakud serves the farmlands of West Odisha.

State's first steel plant: Rourkela which is in north-west Odisha.

An important sanctuary at Narsinghnath and the

ancient discoveries of mountain men in Kalahandi, interface western Odisha to present-day times.

Also, numerous more incredible commitments and accomplishments make Western Orissa's part huge in the development of Odisha.

Yet, there is a solid inclination that Western Odisha is dismissed by progressive governments throughout the years. A near investigation of advancement in western Odisha with eastern or focal Odisha will represent this reality.

A development looking for unique dialect status for Kosali has disturbed the western regions.

Western Orissa is likewise wealthy in minerals, streams and woodland riches. What upsets western Odisha is the absence of a solid political will for practical improvement and development.

#Do Western Odisha People watch Odia Movies?

Bhukha: International Jury Award at the Gijón International Film Festival, Sala Budha: MSDG award for the best feature film, Pahada Ra Luha, Adam Vichar, Jiyanta Bhuta: National Film Award. All are a few lists of Western-Odisha's own Movies which acclaimed by the National level as well gathered name and fame in international platforms.
Basically, in western Odisha People love art movies. All western Odisha’s own movies are art movies only. But rest of Odis movies trend is little different. So people prefer to watch Hindi or own Koshali movie (which is very few in number). Still, Odia movie has a presence in Western part. Most of the western town gets Odia Movies release there. But most regular viewers are rural folk or migrants from Coastal Odisha.
I am from western Odisha and I enjoyed moves like Shesha Drushti, Biswaprakash, Aranya Rodana, Shesha Shrabana, Luchakali (Commercial Odia Movie but the good direction by Susant Muni ), Urban educated Western folk regularly never watch Odia move. If something has art touch and good direction then we watch that Odia moves.
Personally, I believe we do have good potential to devolve the finest movies in India. But the film makes the need to change the way of making movies. They should target the young educated folk also. And always a big budget is not required. The best example is the Manipuri movies. It’s the tiniest state but they produce very good art movies with the least budget.

#What is the different between Katkia and Sambalpuria?

What is Katkia?
According to 4 Crores people of Western Odisha. The definition of Katkia would be like this '' Those who speak Odia, people of Western Odisha called Them ''Katkia''

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