Bhojpuri is a regional language widely spoken in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Folk songs and folk tales pertaining to any regional language are rich in cultural and literary heritage of the region. The bhojpuri folk songs have a similar rich context. The folk is rich in literature, dramatics and poetry. The bhojpuri folk is based on the customs and fables of the past. The folk depicts the traditions and bravery of the ancient. The bhojpuri folk songs have mundane, sensual themes. The folk is not only presented in bhojpuri language but also in other languages of the regions viz Avadhi and Brajbhasha. The folk is usually presented in the classical form of music, popular in the region.
Some of the popular Bhojpuri folk songs include ‘Dhirey Dhirey Aai Ho Raja’, ‘Bolave Kaiheke’, ‘Bada Maja Rasgulla Mein’, ‘Bani Bimar Dard – E- Dil Ke Dava’, ‘Bhaiya Gadi Dha Ke Aaja’, ‘Din Bhar Chahe Jahaan Rahi Ho Hamaar Piya’, ‘Chudi Gin-Gin Ke’, ‘Humra Ke Lagela jadiyaa’, ‘Jayi Naukari Par Abhiye Se Na’, ‘Kavan Kavan Karam Kharihani’, ‘Jug Jug Jeeye’, ‘Lal Lal Othwa Se Barse’, ‘Saiya Mile Larkaiya’, ‘Sejiya Pe Angutha Dekha Matmara’, ‘Bairiya hai Bhauji Bara Thik laga’, ‘Taj Ke Nagariya Gaila’, ‘Mora Khet Khalihanava Gajab Kareja’, ‘Saiyan Pardesi Gaile Hamra Ke’, ‘Tutal Jhulani Hamar Gathai Kaise’ to enlist a few. Notable Bhojpuri artists like Sayra Bano, Baleshwar, Vishu Ojha, Bharat Sharma, Ravindra Kumar, Ranjana Jha are popular for their folk contributions.
Apart from the traditional classical form of folk singing, the bhojpuri folk songs today adopt a new approach. Along with keeping the traditional values intact, they introduce modern beats to make the folk appealing to the new generation. The bhojpuri folk songs are well appreciated by people. The bhojpuri folk songs are available on many websites for downloading. The folk songs are in mp3 formats and can be downloaded for free. Many of the websites also provide the listeners with the song lyrics.