Diana Schackow

Songs and performances of the Yakkha people (not my own recordings)

Keilak (Chyabrung naac)

Yakkha drum dance, youtube video taken at Janajati Adibasi Mahautsav, Dharan 2062

Uthuk Mundimna

written and arranged by Magman Linkha

uthukmaŋ mundimna kaniŋ yakkhaŋa
yaŋphoksa leksiha, niŋwa nchinnaŋa
hiŋguyya yapmica khambe lumiha
ceʔya naʔwa eŋga imin cumiha
cumabhyaha ceʔya haku khombhoŋma
yapmi lambhu mensoʔle kasaŋ lambhoŋma
cokcoki ŋammeniŋ om leŋmeʔna
ghakka niŋwa toŋabhoŋ ucun leŋmeʔna
chuyuksana unam pokta saraŋbe kei moksaŋ laŋ toŋsaŋ lakti carambe

We Yakkha have forgotten our history
We are not conscious any more
Although we are alive, we are buried in the ground
For some reason, we have hidden our traditions
We have to dig for the forgotten things, now
That is the way we have to follow
When the stars disappear, it will get bright
When we stick together, things will turn out well
The bamboo shelf hangs above the oven
Let us dance together to the sound of the drums in the yard

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