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Prathavi pataka neenu

It was a very long journey. Further lengthened by diversions and really horrible roads between Haveri and Akki alur. So spouse was trying to alleviate boredom by listening to Yakshagana (a folk art form from Karnataka) songs.

Yakshagana songs are sung by person with title Bhagavataru. This singer is not hidden from us but will be sitting on the stage, adorned with a some kind of   peta on the head and pan in the cheeks.

So spouse had a compilation of these songs and was listening to them. I was singing along with Bhagavataru. Of course there were no others in the car. And I was singing quite well. May be I should consider this Bhagavatike as an alternate career option. After I learn the art of how to chew arecanut pan and at the same time sing a song without splashing the red betel nut juice every where around. Please do not be offended, Yakshagana lovers. I am just joking. I will really not consider this one alternate career option.

So I was singing. And I think spouse was repenting the day, he got those songs in the usb drive.

And I heard this line " Ati kulavati naanu, prathavi pataka neeeeeenu" - I am of the bluest of bloods from a royal family and you are the destroyer of earth (prathavi - prathvi - earth in Sanskrit, pataka - destroyer)

Ha, there came the idea of two people who are very much in news in this election time who fit the description aptly. Ati kulavati - you know who, may be from royal blood of another place. And prathavi pataka  is you know who.

Turns out, the song is "prathavi palaka" not "prathavi pataka" (palaka - Saver of earth).


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