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Alha is a ballad very popular in the Bundelkhand region. It narrates the tales of two warrior brothers- Aalha and Udal who were in the service of Raja Piramal of Mahoba. Its singing style is very dynamic and full of the flavour of war.
Beginning with a prayer to ‘devi’ or goddess, renditions include various incidents from this very lengthy ballad. It is usually sung in the monsoon months – the time villagers get after sowing grain in fields after the first monsoon showers.