Tuesday, July 31, 2007

tunak tunak tun

Went to a wedding recently where the groom, the groomsmen, and their friends were highly-educated, self-proclaimed geeks. Maybe for this reason the dance floor wasn't particularly crowded during the reception. Wasn't crowded, that is to say, until the groom asked the DJ to play Daler Mehndi's Tunak Tunak Tun. Then he and all his friends formed a circle and danced as Daler Mehndi does in the video below.

I didn't find out how it came into their lives, but I believe Wikipedia gives a clue: "Blizzard Entertainment [used the music] in their game World of Warcraft for the dance emote of the males of the Draenei race, as well as in the game Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead as an easter egg.."

Here's a link to the tune on Last.fm: Tunak Tunak Tun (5:06) ...

... and a Youtube video of it which Wikipedia says was the first music video made in India to use bluescreen technology.

And here's a rough translation of the lyric from Lyrama.
Tunk tunk Tun
Tunk tunk Tun
Tunk tunk Tun
Da Da Da

Sweetheart, the strings of the instrument play
listen to what the heart says
Come and love me

The world is a colorful place
it's not good nor bad

Listen friends the iktaara(1) says
Mehndi's friends

Sweetheart, come smile with me sometimes
My heart's keeper (lover) look
This body is not under your or my control

Sweetheart, you are moon and I am Chakor(2)
there no one like us
Our thread of life is in the hands of god

(1): iktaara = Musical instrument with one string
(2): Chakor = A mythical bird that is supposed to look at the moon continuously like it is in love with it

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