We have translated over 100 bhajans and Faag (Choutaal) into english for individuals that want to learn and sing in their community.
The Sanskrit word for worship is bhakti ; one who worships is a bhakta; and one way of worship is to sing bhajans.
A bhajan is any type of Indian devotional song. It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan. It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its importance to the bhakti movement that spread from the south of India throughout the entire subcontinent in the Moghul era.
Traditional religious ceremonies in Fiji & India are highly structured; elaborate and expensive rituals are conducted by a priest in Sanskrit. In contrast, bhajan sessions eliminate the priest; the singer addresses the Almighty himself in simple vernacular to rudimentary music of cymbals, tabla/dholak, and harmonium. There is no reason not to learn; the is your ultimate resource!
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Indo-Fijians are Fijians whose ancestors mostly traveled from India in rural village areas and other South and East Asian countries. They number 313,798 (37.6%) (2007 census) out of a total of 827,900 people living in Fiji. They are mostly descended from indentured labourers and slaves brought to the islands by Fiji's British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji's sugar cane plantations. These were complemented by the later arrival of Gujarati and Punjabi immigrants who traveled as free settlers in comparison to their counterparts who were brought under the guise the indenture labour and slave system. They have adapted to the new environment with changes to their dress, language and culinary habits, although they have maintained their distinct culture. The Fiji Indians have fought for equal rights, although with only limited success. Many have left Fiji in search of better living conditions and social justice and this exodus has gained pace with the series of coups starting in the late 1980s.