Hava Nagila – A Folk Of Joy

Some of you would have watched the below funny scene in “Mozhi” movie in which Prakashraj dance for a song playing in the music player with just a towel around his waist. I was searching that song for a very long time until recently i found it when Prakashraj spoke about the song in one of the TV Reality show.

Its Harry Belefonte version of the “Hava Nagila” and its one of the very famous version of the song and made that song really famous in the 1950’s.

“Hava Nagila” is a very simple 3 stanza Jewish folk song written in Hebrew. Even though this song is very closely associated with Jewish culture, tradition and celebrations, the lyrics of this joyous song has nothing to do with religion and it emphasis only on happiness and rejoice. Below is the lyrics with English translation. [Source : Wikipedia]

Transliteration English translation
Hava nagila Let’s rejoice
Hava nagila Let’s rejoice
Hava nagila ve-nismeḥa Let’s rejoice and be happy
(repeat)
Hava neranenah Let’s sing
Hava neranenah Let’s sing
Hava neranenah ve-nismeḥa Let’s sing and be happy
(repeat)
Uru, uru aḥim! Awake, awake, brothers!
Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ Awake brothers with a happy heart
(repeat line four times)
Uru aḥim, uru aḥim! Awake, brothers, awake, brothers!
Be-lev sameaḥ With a happy heart

When i searched more about this song i found this song is so so famous that they made a documentary movie on this song and they names it “Hava Nagila : The Movie“. Below is the trailer of the movie.

I would say the tune of the song is infectious and i started liking it the very first time I started listening to it. The real victims are my family members and my office colleagues, recently they could listen me singing (so called singing) this song loud, and that might be the worst version of the song.

When i searched in YouTube there were many version (both instrumental and vocal) of this song and below are some of my favs.

Fusion Version

André Rieu – Violin and Clatinet (Instrumental)

Baby Let’s dance Version

Guitar Version


Moral of the story : Hava neranenah ve-nismeḥa (lets sing and be happy) and never mind if the listeners are not happy :P.

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7 thoughts on “Hava Nagila – A Folk Of Joy

  1. Jayaprakash Kumar

    Nice post and the research you have did shows how much you are inclined to good music and we are also thankful you didn’t found this song, way back in coll. days else our ears would have $**@ 😛 Just kidded,Keep up the great work Mr.G

    Reply
    1. gokoulane Post author

      @jay : ha ha 🙂 remembering singing in last bench with kabilan, he sings well and i just horribly humm 🙂 btw thanks da.

      Reply

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