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jai ho!

Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal 05 Feb 2009 Comments: 0

Last weekend, I took my wife on a date and we saw Slumdog Millionaire. Very interesting movie. I love good storytelling and it simply was a good story. One song just captivated me, Jai Ho. The composer, A R Rahman, is the first Indian to win the Golden Globe for the best original music score.

I’ve heard that it’s quite captivating to Indian ears but I think it transcends culture to a degree. My ears perked up as well since I speak Spanish and there’s a verse in the song that mixes in Spanish with the Hindi.

If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out. It wasn’t until it started getting nominated for awards that our local theaters had the guts to release it locally. The translation I’ve found online is beautiful:

Jai Ho = Something between “Hail” and “Hallelujah”

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Iota by iota, I have lost my life, in faith
I’ve passed this night dancing on coals
I blew away the sleep that was in my eyes
I counted the stars till my finger burned

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Taste it, taste it, this night is honey
Taste it, and keep it,
It’s a heart; the heart is the final limit
You dark black kohl **
It’s some black magic, isn’t it?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

For how long, how very long
It’s been on your lips
Say it, now say it
The eye is downcast
Such lit up eyes
Are they two lit-up dimaonds(?) ?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

the Spanish part is:

Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

Ahora conmigo, tu baila para hoy
(Now with me, you dance for today)

Por nuestro dia de movidas,
(For our day of moves,)

los problemas los que sean
(whatever problems may be)

Salud!
(Cheers!)

Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

** Oh and in case you thought I was thinking of a department store when I typed that word, kohl is a kind of makeup used especially in places like India and the Middle East to darken around the eyes.

Thanks to http://inkspillz.blogspot.com/ for the Hindi translation. My Hindi is quite, well very, limited.

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