Halli daariyalli….evening hothinalli

It happens often. And it can drive you crazy. Atleast it happens to me. You suddenly remember a song, and then you want it badly. So badly that it can drive you insane.

It happened to me again.

From somewhere out of the blue, an old kannada song called ‘halli daariyalli’, started to haunt me. A song that I vaguely remember seeing Kokila Mohan dancing in some jazzy dinchak outfit. A song that had made my new ‘Dyanora’ color tv proud, some years back.

I kept tossing and turning last night in my sleep, trying to remember the song fully. I woke up singing the same tune. I could not take it any longer. I needed it. And needed it really bad.

I tried googling it with no luck.

Then I youtubed it. And i found this interesting clip. Though it isn’t the original, I must admit that the dude out here has done quite a brilliant job of it. So watch it to get an idea of what this post is all about.

I had no clue which movie it belonged to. But I could bet that SPB was the singer. 

So, with this limited knowledge I first went to the neighboring music stores, Planet M, Music World, Calypso and a few others. Unfortunately, noone knew what I was talking about.

And then I remembered this unique tiny shop called Totalkannada.com located in the basement opposite Pai Vihar, Jayanagara, a shop completely dedicated to kannada movies, music, books and other “Jai Karnataka Maate’ paraphernalia. 

This was my last resort. I was going half mad. And I hoped and prayed that I find it there.

As I entered, a salesgirl was sitting at the counter. A simple young kannadiga girl, who was almost dozing off to some old kannada melody on the speakers that was apt for a sleepy afternoon like this. There was another lone customer loitering around and messing up the alphabetically arranged Vcds. 

One look at her and I was convinced that she would have no clue either. 

With full anxiety, I leaned over the counter and whispered adding the customary ‘maydam’ before every sentence to sound as authentically kannada as possible….

“Maydam, ondhu haadu hudukutha iddini…..(I’m searching for a song) …….halli daariyalli”

She turned down the volume of the speakers that was playing ‘Namoora mandaara hoove’.

I repeated my request ‘Maydam…halli daariyalli’, with an irritating eagerness that I didn’t care to hold back.

She turned the volume further down and closed her eyes to concentrate on getting the tune of my request.

I impatiently waited for that one customer to clear the field, and then cleared my throat.

“Maydam …haadla..(can i sing it?)”

She nodded impatiently.

I looked around and broke into the song accompanied by a half-hearted jig, to add some excitement to her memory jogging process…..”Halli daariyalli……tan ta daan ta da taan ta da taan…” and abruptly stopped, wishing that her imagination would take over with this cryptic clue.

She gave me a look as if to say “Go on…don’t stop, it’s coming …it’s coming in my head…keep it going”.

So I took a good look around and continued….

“Halli Daariyalli……tan ta daan ta da taan ta da taan…

Thampu breezinalli…tan ta daan ta da taan ta da taan…

hmmmm hmmmmm hmmmmmm…something something and 

ooru inda bandanu Mr Maraaanu”

She showed me symptoms of having heard it before. Her eyes lit up and she started mouthing the words to herself. She closed her eyes and transported herself back to her ‘Dyanora or Solidaire TV’ days. 

I encouraged her further by again repeating all that I knew.

She jumped “Correct. howdu….ivaga nyaapka barthaayide…..Englishu Kannada mix maadi ondu haadu” (Ya…now I remember, it’s a song that mixes up English and Kannada words)

I was thrilled to bits and continued…’ya ya, haaruthide love birdsugalu…..’ and was promptly interrupted by some fool who walked in wanting some Darshan hits.

The imagination that we had built up till now was drowned the minute she slipped in the ‘Darshan Hits’ CD to test it. The sepia toned imagery floating in the air was ruthlessly spoilt by the garish garbage that belted out of the speakers.  

I casually asked that customer “Saar Halli daariyalli haadu yaav picturu antha goththa?” (Sir, do you know which movie is ‘Halli Daariyalli’ from?)

He meditated for a while and said with supreme confidence “Halli Daari alla adu…halli meshtru…..Ravichandran picture” (No …it’s called halli meshtru..a Ravichandran film).

I controlled all my urges to slap him. And let him groove to the irritating tune of his latest purchase that was blaring from the speakers.

Thankfully, the guy was happy with what he was hearing, and he soon exited leaving us alone to resume our exciting search.

And the salesgirl promptly returned. 

I took off from where we left.

“Correctu madam….English Kannada mix…haaruthide love birdsu galu…oduthide cowsugalu..”(love birds are flying and cows are running)

“Hero yaaru gotha?’ She asked frowning hard.

“Seriyaagi nyaapka illa madam…Kokila Mohan anusoththe” (Cannot remember clearly….I think it is Kokila Mohan)

“Haan…” she jumped in excitement and promptly returned with a Vcd of the movie ‘Kokila’.

We quickly poured over its contents.The Vcd also contained a listing of all the songs. But no, this number did not feature.

She was visibly dissappointed with her ineffeciency. And I was visibly happy that she was taking such a keen interest in this.

We both agreed that it could only be SPB who could have sung this song.

She kept humming the tune to herself, as she rummaged through dozens of SPB hits looking for this number.

I picked up a bunch of illayaraja hits hoping that I’d find it in them. I always felt it had a very ‘Illayaraja’ flavour to it.

But we both failed in our searches.

She then picked up a big fat book, a kannada cinema encyclopedia and began searching for it. 

After about 20 minutes of pouring into it, she lifted her head and looked at me strangely.

She studied me carefully.

Obviously there was something running in her head.

And then she said in a nervous whisper “Actually nam bossige gothirathe. Andre ivaaga nidde maadtha irthaare!” (Actually my boss would know. But he’ll be sleeping right now).

She was mentally weighing the worth of this deal. Even if she did identify the cd, it couldn’t be costing more than 30 Rs. Was it worthy enough to spend a phone call? Or risk disturbing the owner at such an untimely hour?

I could sense the dilemma going on in her head. 

I put on the most desperate face I could. 

She pondered for a while and thankfully decided that it was more important to please me than worry about the deal and her boss.

She hesitantly picked up the phone and punched the buttons.

I could see the tension on her face.  

“Sorry sir…..ondhu customer bandidhaare…halli daariyalli bekanthe…yaavu piccharru antha goththa nimmage?” (There is a customer searching for halli daariyalli song here. Do you know which movie it belongs to?)

There was a pregnant pause. She made unpleasant faces at me, imitating her boss’ mood at that time. 

She tried to sound her polite best as she responded to him “..’Muniyana maadri’…..andre adralli Shankar Nag alva…haaan….correctu…….Kokila Mohanu idaane…thumba thanks sir” (Oh Muniyana Maadri…but isn’t that Shankar Nag!….oh ya right….even Kokila Mohan is in that one. Thank you sir)

She hung up and bit her tongue feeling happy that she was done with the difficult part. She rushed and reached out for that Vcd. And ran through the listings.

Yes. The song did feature.

She handed over the vcd to me and said “Boss kopuskondru…parvaagilla….nimmage haadu sikkthalla!” (Boss was wild. But it’s ok. Atleast you found your song).

I grabbed it and was all set to rush back and listen to it. 

But she held me back for a few minutes, frantically rummaging through a few other Cds. I was getting impatient. I had dug out the exact number of notes needed for the transaction, to make it as speedy as possible.

She finally returned with a compile of SPB and held it out to me.   

“Saar. MP3 nu sikkthu…beka? Beri 25 Rupayee!!” (I also got an MP3 of it. Do you want it? It’s only 25 Rs!!’)

I knew that she was doing this only to justify the deal in her own head.

And I could have paid anything for such sincerity.






So here it is……I later found it in on youtube….Now that i know which movie it belongs to.


Thanks to someone, who’s so passionate about their job.


  1. Phenomenal Boss! 🙂


  2. Super post! Brought back memories. Yup, I’ve heard this song too. I must try this shop out. I am hunting for ‘Olave…la la la la…sanjeeevana’! I’ve heard Archana Udupa sing this recently …


  3. amazing post… eegalu nenapu ide nange… ee haaDanna neev heldaage namma maneyallu kooda dyanora Tv allli kannada chitramanjari time alli noDiddu…..


  4. Great story — adbhutavaagide.

    Hmmm, I remembered these lyrics and the tune too but I could never find the song. I had been googling for it on and off since 3-4 years. I still remember this song being played on panasonic tape player ages ago — when I was an yet-to-go-to-school kid. Back then, when I hummed this song, everybody used to laugh and I never understood why. Today, my you-tube search turned lucky and I found it. “Muniyana Madari” – ah it popped back from a remote fold in my brain. After finding the song, I found your wonderful story while doing a google on “Muniyana Madari”.

    I am yet to figure out why I used to be laughed at for humming this song.


  5. i love this song n its one of my favorite. can the music like gurukiran, mano murthy etc directors atleast compose a song like this. proud to be an kannadiga


  6. Please let me know who worte this lyrics?


  7. Music: Rajan-Nagendra (nobody believes as this is more of Ilayaraja style of music. But Rajan-Nagendra had done an excellent song with more disco and western touch to it)
    Lyrics: Chi. Udayashankar (nobody believes this. Even me too! But facts are facts!. On 04/01/10 in “Ed Tumbi Haadvenu” – Jayanth Kaikini gave an explanation to this song.)
    Singer: S.P. Balasubramaniam (This everybody believes. Undoubtedly, one of the best songs from SPB and the way he improvised is simple awesome. The aesthetics he brings is great!)
    Actors: Kokila Mohan


  8. Forgot to mention, perfectly written story. Whatever urge you faced to listen to this song, same happened to me. I can’t sleep and got up and wanted to download the song. Finally, got it some where. The story is same I did not know the movie. Then from the song, I somehow got the movie and finally the song!

    It is nice to see you writing your feeling (mine too!) so neatly and nicely!



  9. thank you aravind…for all that trivia…it means a lot to me. and im happy that you share the same experience….wow….super.


  10. superb post, I totally agree with U. today morning I woke up with this tune in my mind, whole day i have been humming it. now I googled it and found ur post , I too dint know which movie it belonged to. I got all the info form this post. also saw the youtube vid, thanks


  11. I saw this movie yesterday and was trying to get the lyrics of the song. Saw your post. Amazing !! The song is just toooo good !!


  12. Nice post mate…
    I had this song somewhere in my MP3 collections. It came up one day unexpectedly in my car while I was driving. I liked it a lot, especially in the car to drive along.
    But I was unable to trace the song again in my collection. It turned out that the file was named Track01.mp3.
    I hadn’t a clue about the song or the movie… Came accross your blog while googling for halli dariyalli…. 🙂


  13. thanks sandeep. glad you liked it.


  14. thank you anant


  15. Lol.. Super story.. Did you really do a jig?


  16. Neev yaaro nange gothilla but i loved the way you narrated your experience!! Actually i was reminded by the song when one of my friend posted a comment for my status on FB. I was tired of travelling on MG road as Metro work is going on.. and had posted this as my status when my friend commented that its like “halli daariyalli”.. thts when i started searching for tht song and came across you blog 🙂 Loved the way you have posted. Keep posting.


  17. Abhinandanegalu…

    Balyadindalu Ee hadu nanna one of the favorite. Neevu ee hadannu hudukiddu mattu adannu ishtondu sogasagi barediddu tumba hidisitu.

    Arvind, ee hadina details chennagi kottiddira..:)

    Keep posting…


  18. Don,
    for last few days I was struck with this tune. And all my try with my friends went in vain as nobody knew which movie. and I was busy that i couldn’t search in net also.
    As i searched i got this wonderfully written story of yours. i can imagine the way you searched, i was almost in same mind.
    Hats off for a well written experience….


  19. Nice post. “It happens often. And it can drive you crazy” — absolutely true. And it happens to me more often than not! I was looking for this particular song today and I stumbled onto your post. I am now going to play the song in loop forever! (until the next song haunts me :)).


  20. i have been humming this song for few months but was unable to find it even on net. Tried most of the options like finding out all kokila mohan’s kannada movies and searching songs on youtube and raaga but still was unable to locate and then came across your article, and was very pleased to find this. I am glad there are so many of us like this. Brilliantly written. Thanks boss.


  21. Gurugale, I can’t begin to say how thankful I am! I was trying to track this song down for such a long time, but had no luck! I knew it had Kokila Mohan and the birdsagalu lyrics, but nothing more than that! I finally tried googling it with all the things I knew about the song, and it brought me to your blog post!! I know have the song, thanks to you!! Thumba, thumba, dhanyavaadagalu saar! 🙂


  22. Excellent! I came to your blog searching for the same song. Thank you for uploading the original movie version.



  23. Very nicely written blog. I stumbled up on your blog when I was searching for the lyrics of this song. I could not find it though. I decided to write it myself and post it for others who are searching it like me 🙂 . Here it goes…

    Lyrics: Halli Daariyalli , Film: Muniyana Madhari

    ha ah ha ha ra ra ra ra ra ra…
    hey ra ra ra rapa papa..
    haaruthide love birdsugalu, oduthide cowsugalu

    halli daariyalli, thampu breezinalli (2)
    evening hothinalli nadedu, oorinda bandanu Mister Maranu
    Bengaloorinda bandanu Mister Maranu

    haaruthide love birdsugalu, oduthide cowsugalu
    oorinda bandanu Mister Maranu,
    Bengaloorinda bandanu Mister Maranu ooh..

    High schoolu datiruya collegu muttiriva bhoopa halli ge bandaga,
    suitannu dharisiruya hatannu hakiruva nanna ee styleannu kandaga,
    Garland madadale haaan welcome heladale he he, eke ninthiruve, hele nanna athe magaley

    halli daariyalli, ra papapa rapa ra papapa
    thampu breezinalli, ra papapa rapa ra papapa
    halli daariyalli, thampu breezinalli
    evening hothinalli nadedu, oorinda bandanu Mister Maranu
    Bengaloorinda bandanu Mister Maranu
    haaruthide love birdsugalu, oduthide cowsugalu

    ya yaya ya ….
    ya yaya ya ….
    ya yaya ya ….
    ya yaya ya ….
    la la lalla…
    la la lalla…
    la la lalla…
    ha haaa
    han han han han
    ahan ahan ahan ahan

    Huri meese bandaythu, nanageega vayasaythu nodu personaaalty hegaythu,
    ninnalli manasaythu, ninnase hechaythu, rathri nindene dream aaythu,
    romeo nanagi, juliet neenagi loveeuuu maduvenu,
    kele nanna mavana magaleeey

    halli daariyalli, ra papapa rapa ra papapa
    thampu breezinalli, ra papapa rapa ra papapa
    halli daariyalli, thampu breezinalli
    evening hothinalli nadedu, oorinda bandanu Mister Maranu
    Bengaloorinda bandanu Mister Maranu
    haaruthide love birdsugalu, oduthide cowsugalu

    rapa pa pa pa pa pa rapa pa rapa pa…
    rapa pa pa pa pa pa rapa pa rapa pa… hey
    rapa pa pa pa pa pa rapa pa rapa pa… hey hey…


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