Batohiya Song, Raj Mohan and friends

This is the first Bhojpuri song which has got 11 singers from 7 different countries catering India, Surinam, Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad, Guyana and Holland.
The singers in the song are Terry Gajraj, Raj Mohan, Ragga Menno, Angel Aruna, Illhaam Ahmdaali, Hemelbesem, Ruksana, Vishwajeet, Arya Nandini, Chhotu Bihari and Munna Singh.
This song is a gift from Girmitiya Diaspora on the occasion of Indian independence day 2020.

Batohiya ,Girmitiya or Pravasi Majdoor

This Batohiya song was written by Babu Raghubir Narayan from Dahiyawan, Saran, Bihar in 1911. Raghubir babu was an English writer before writing Batohiya. He was a freedom fighter as well. When he met Dr Rajendra Prasad he persuaded him to write in Bhojpuri and for the country. After persuasions from Dr Rajendra Prasad finally, Raghubir Narayan wrote Batohiya Song Sundar subhumi bhaiya bharat ke deshwa.This song was written keeping Indentured labourers Or Girmitiya’s in mind. This song became so famous that it was considered National song for Bihar specially Bhojpuria people. Even when the great Mahatma Gandhi heard this song from Raghubir babu he said it is like Vande Mataram.

The grace of this song crossed the boundaries of the nations and the bhojpuria or purabiya people who went to many countries and labourer on early 1900 were called Girmitiya they took this song as a remembrance of their motherland. This song was the feel of their motherland Bharat. The Batohiya song which depicted India as a heaven on earth and metaphorically portrayed how indentured Indians imagined their home country from the host country. The story is about the lakhs of Indian indentured laborers, who were uprooted from their beloved homeland and sent away to different countries like Mauritius, Surinam, Guyana, Holland, Trinidad, Fiji in hope of better future. These indentured contractual labourers were called girmitiya.

This is the first Bhojpuri song which has got 11 singers from 7 different countries catering India, Surinam, Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad, Guyana and Holland. The singers in the song are Terry Gajraj, Raj Mohan, Ragga Menno, Angel Aruna, Illhaam Ahmdaali, Hemelbesem, Ruksana, Vishwajeet, Arya Nandini, Chhotu Bihari and Munna Singh. While speaking about this song one of the singer from this song Ragga Menno from the Netherlands became so emotional singing 2 lines More Bap dada ki Kahani re Batohiya from this song.

This song is a gift from Girmitiya Diaspora
on the occasion of Indian independence day 2020.

Producer: GFRecords (The Netherlands)
Co-producer: Raj Mohan I Devendra Singh (India) I Ragga Menno
Composition: Traditional & Raj Mohan
Lyrics: Babu Raghuvir Narayan
Lyrics spoken words: Hemelbesem

Programming & Mixing: Babak Rastagar (Austria)
Mastering: Mailmen Studio (The Netherlands)
Video: FOX Media Productions (The Netherlands)
Directed by: Raj Mohan
Editing: Ragga Menno
Translation English to Bhojpuri: Nityanand Tiwari (India)

Vocalists:
Munna Singh (India)
Chhotu Bihari (India)
Arya Nandini (India)
Vishwajeet Pratap Singh (India)
Hemelbesem (South Africa)
Terry Gajraj (Guyana / USA)
Angel ArunA (Suriname / The Netherlands)
Ilhaam Ahadali (Suriname)
Rukshana (The Netherlands)
Raj Mohan (Suriname / The Netherlands)
Ragga Menno (Suriname / The Netherlands)

Logo’s van: GFRecords (met volledige naam)
FOX Media Productions
Anjora
Jogira
Bhojpuria
Khanti Bhojpuria
Witty Froth Films
Magadhi Boys
Abee Chunes

©️ GFRecords Co. Raj Mohan & Ragga Menno, 2020. All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this recording prohibited.