This is my entry for Tulika’s Blogathon4 .. we are supposed to write rhymes in our Mother Tongue. These are some I have enjoyed singing and teaching them to my chotu cousins 🙂

This is the first time I am participating in their Blogathon, though I have a lot of their rhymes CDs and consider their books and CDs as best gifts for children 🙂 🙂

Thanks so much Tulika for it was a such a lovely journey down the memory lane and thanks Uma for telling me about this one 🙂

The lines in blue are in Kannada and the ones in maroon are  in English …. translated as much as I could 🙂

1. While eating biscuits

Biscuit Angadi Ranganna.
Biscuit Shop’s Ranganna.

Banhhadha Biscuit Kodanna.

Please give me colourful biscuits.

Karavu Beku; Sihiyanu haaku.
I want spices; also add some sweet.

Begane Bharaniya Kodanna.
Please give me the bottle of biscuits quickly.

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2. We used to sing this one while running around in a circle and clapping aloud; I remember singing this song even during our Scouts and Guides classes.

Karadi Bettake Hoyitu Karadi Bettake Hoyitu.
The bear went to the hills, the bear went to the hills.

Karadi Bettake Hoyitu Nota Nodalu.
The bear went to the hills for sightseeing.

Noditenadu Noditenadu? Noditenadu Noditenadu?

What did the bear see? What did the bear see?

Bettada Innondu Bhaga Bettada Innondu Bhaga
The other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain.

Bettada Innondu Bhaga Karadi Noditu
The other side of the mountain the bear could see.

Marava Hathithu Halasu Kithitu
It climbed a tree,pluck a jack-fruit.

Jenu Thanditu Kalasi Thinditu
Brought some honey, mixed and ate.

Bettada Innondu Bhaga Bettada Innondu Bhaga

The other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain.

Bettada Innondu Bhaga Karadi Noditu
The other side of the mountain the bear could see.

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Thanks to my aunt who reminded me about all those below and told me she had actually learnt it from me initially when I had just started school 😉

3. This one is sung while teaching children about a clock.

Ganteya Nentane O Gadiyara.
O Clock, a Relative of Time.

Belhhiya Banhhada Dolakara.
Silver-coloured and circular.

Hothanu Thilhiyalu Neenadhaara.
You help us to know the time.

Tick tick Geleya tick tick tick.
Tick tick Friend tick tick tick.

Hagalu Irulhu Onde Balhu.

Your life is the same day and night.

Neenyavagalu Dhudiyuva Aalhu.
You keep working all the time.

Kiviyanu Hindalu Ninagade Koolhu.
Just twisting your ears is your food. [This refers to setting the clock]

Tick tick Geleya tick tick tick.
Tick tick Friend tick tick tick.

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4. This one is about a Slate and chalk ….  the first thing we used to own then while going to school 🙂

Nanna Slateu Kariyadu.
My slate is black in colour.

Adara Kattu Bilhiyadu.
Its frame in white in colour.

Bariyalikke Baruvudu.
Its so helpful to write.

Bahalha Chanda Iruvudu.
And very pretty to look at!

Appa Dhuddu Kottanu.
Daddy gave me money.

Balhapavannu Thandenu.
And we bought a slate.

aa Aa ee Ee Baredenu.
I wrote aa Aa ee Ee.  [Kannada alphabets]

Ammana Munde Hididenu.
I held it in front of my Mom.

Amma Higgi Hodhalhu.
She felt very very happy.

Unde Bella Kottalu.
She gave me jaggery to eat.

Gaba Gaba Thindenu.
I gobbled it all up.

Thaka Thaka Kunhidenu.
And danced happily.

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5. This one teaches kids the concept of Sound.

Janha Janha Janha.
Janha Janha Janha.

Jebu Thumba Hanha.

Pocket full of money.

Melake Esedu Bilhalu Saddhu TanTanaTana.
Put it up and catch it .. makes a sound TanTanaTana.

Nadiyalondu Baka Mudurikondu Mukha.

There’s a crane in the river, has its face twisted.

Kalanethhi Kunhiyuthitu Thai Thaka Thaka.
Was lifting its leg up and dancing ThaiThakahaka.

Sutha Hasiru Bana Naduve Meyva Dhana.

Green fields all around and cows grazing at the centre.

Marada Balhi Gollanobba ThanaNanaNa.
A cowherd near the tree .. playing on his flute ThanaNanaNa.

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6. This one teaches the concept of numbers!

Ondu Eradu Balhele Haradu.
One Two, place the plantain leaf.

Mooru Nalakku Anna Haaku.
Three Four, serve the rice.

Aidu Aaru Belhe Saaru

Five Six, Rasam is served.

Elhu Entu Palyake Dhantu.

Seven Eight, a curry of amaranth.

Ombattu Hathu Ele Mudirethu.

Nine Ten, clear up the leaves.

Ondarinda Hathu Heegitu Ottada Aatavu Mugidithu.

This was from One to Ten and the end of the food game.

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7. This one is about the conversation between a Cat and a boy.

Bekke Bekke Muddina Sokke Ellige Hogide.
Oh cat, my dear cat, tell me where had you been?

Karedaru Illa Haalu Bella Kaayisi Ittide.
I called you, had milk and jaggery for you, but no response.

Kelho Kalhha Muddina Malla Mysore Aramanege.

Oh my boy, dear boy, I had been to the Mysore Palace.

Rajana Sangada Raniyu Idhalhu Antahpuradolhage.
The Queen was with the King in their beautiful room.

Bekke Bekke Begane Helhe Enadu Ananda.

Oh cat, tell me fase why are you so happy?

Raniya Manchada Kelhage Kandenu Chilipili Iliyonda.

Below the Queen’s cot, I found a naughty rat and so I am happy.

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