Bareilly Gets A 14 Feet High ‘Jhumka’ After Iconic Song Jhumka Gira Re

by Sanjana Shenoy
Bareilly Gets A 14 Feet High ‘Jhumka’ After Iconic Song Jhumka Gira Re

The Asha Bhosle rendered, ‘Jhumka Gira Re, Bareilly Ke Bazaar Mein’ picturized on actress Sadhana in the movie Mera Saaya, became popular for its soulful music, beautiful choreography and the bubbly vibe to it. And even though this song is 54 years old, you just can’t help but smile as you hear the melody. The lyrics, jhumka and the city Bareilly, in Uttar Pradesh have no connection to each other. Yet the locals of the city can’t help but answer the queries of confused travellers searching for the popular jhumkas here. After 54 years, Bareilly finally decided to embrace the iconic song by installing a 14 feet high jhumka, embedded with colourful stones and the name of the city engraved on its zari.

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What’s In It?

Union Minister, Santosh Gangwar inaugurated the massive piece of jewellery in the city and commended the collaborative efforts made by the authority, local residents and various other organizations in setting up the ambitious jhumka in Bareilly. He stated that visitors will finally be able to associate the iconic jhumka in the city with the evergreen song,

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A local jeweller revealed that many people visit Bareilly asking for jhumkas. P.K Agarwal stated that the jewellers often don’t have the heart to inform tourists that jhumkas in Bareilly are the same that one gets anywhere in India. Shopkeepers often keep different kinds of jhumkas with various designs to not disappoint eager tourists and Bollywood fans. But now Bareilly has finally got its larger than life jhumka. Perched at a height of 14 feet, the grand ornament weighs around 200 kgs and prides itself with its myriad of vibrant stones and grand zari.

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What’s More?

This project of installing a gorgeous jhumka in the city was planned by the Bareilly Development Authority (BDA). Even though the project hit a roadblock many times, it has finally seen the light of day. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Bareilly Range, Rajesh Pandey informed that during the British Rule the city was divided into Bareilly and Rae Bareilly. The common public used to get confused between the two areas, so they would refer to Bareilly as Baans Bareilly, until the song ‘Jhumka Gira Re’ made its mark, after which, Baans Bareilly came to be known as Jhumka Wala Bareilly. Did you know Uttar Pradesh Will Get Its First Ever Microbrewery In Agra?

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Well, we can’t help but chuckle at this quirky yet filmy tourist attraction that Bareilly now has to offer. And that makes us wonder if in the coming years we should expect a large ‘barfi’ too after the popular film, Bareilly Ki Barfi. So all you Bollywood freaks out there, Bareilly has finally found its jhumka for you. For now, you can get back to humming ‘Jhumka Mila Re Bareilly Ke Bazaar Mein’.