‘Nadvu Nadvu Nadvave Ramakka…’ Meet the women from a Telangana village who gave BRS its ‘hit’ song

The women, mostly daily wagers and BRS supporters, are happy that the song took them to KCR, and ministers KTR and Harish Rao.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Oct 19, 2023 | 5:30 PMUpdatedOct 19, 2023 | 5:30 PM

‘Nadvu Nadvu Nadvave Ramakka…’ Meet the women from a Telangana village who gave BRS its ‘hit’ song

The drum beats gallop as they match the voices of the singers rendering the fast-paced, folksy song praising Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Kommu Laxmiamma, the lead singer, is proud to be part of the song, along with other women from the Thandra village of Kalwakurthy mandal in Telangana’s Nagarkurnool district. The song has gone viral, to such an extent that even the BRS’s political opponents could not ignore it.

Nadvu Nadvu Nadvave Ramakka Kalsi Nadmu Kattave Ramakka Gulabila Jendale Ramakka (Ramakka, walk, walk ahead; walk together to support the pink flag ), Laxmiamma sang for South First in her village.

That is her way of beaming with pride for composing the song that has even caught the attention of Chief Minister KCR. The enchanting song has become a part of her and the village, often heard from the fields where women work.

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Original composition

Laxmiamma says she composed the song by borrowing words from the various projects that have been rolled out in her village.

It took Telangana by storm after a local television channel found a group of women humming the song as they travelled to attend an event in which KCR switched on the first pump of the first stage of a lift irrigation project, part of the of Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme, at Yellur-Narlapur in Nagarkurnool on 16 September.

The women, all daily wagers and ardent supporters of BRS, are happy that the song took them to KCR and ministers KT Rama Rao and T Harish Rao,

The women themselves have scored the foot-tapping music.

Besides Laxmiamma, working at Thandra grama panchayat, Shanthamma, Kalamma, Bolle Susheela, the sarpanch, and Anasuya, also a daily-wage labourer, were the artists behind the song.

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Ramakka is KCR, he’s blessed by Lord Ram’

“I am not a singer. We used to sing at public meetings in our neigbouring areas. But this song became very popular and I am being appreciated everywhere in Telangana,” Laxmiamma told South First.

“I did not accept money because we are enjoying KCR’s schemes in our village. I am a widow and I get a pension every month. Our farmers have Rythu Bandhu. We were without drinking water earlier, now every house has at least one tap. In some or the other way, we are benefited by the government. This is what I wanted to convey so that KCR will win the next elections,” she added.

Laxmiamma said their singing followed a traditional form in villagers, using rhyming words to make the lyrics. “Ramakka is used to refer to KCR since he has the blessings of Lord Ram,” she explained.

After hearing the song on television, the government took them to Hyderabad for a formal recording at a studio. The women were seeing a recording studio for the first time.

They refused to take money for the song but asked only for travel costs. The women have performed in other districts as well, wishing good luck to KCR.

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How the song was made

“As a group, we travel to every meeting of CM KCR. One day we were casually recalling the schemes when Laxmiamma made the song. This song gave us recognition and we are being invited by various politicians and CM KCR himself,” Susheela said.

“We met CM Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday, 18 October. He introduced us to his wife and we clicked pictures as he praised our song. It was the best thing to happen to us,” Susheela told South First.

“The song thanks KCR for uplifting the villages. We don’t accept any contracts from other parties. We got information that our song is being copied. If it is correct, then we will file a case because our team composed the music,” she added.

The other women in the group expressed happiness. They are worried too since they cannot travel during the upcoming Dasara festival season since their children would be returning home from their places of work.