‘Pinjare Waali Muniya’ – A Semiotic Analysis
by Ankur Kapoor
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Published: May 13, 2017
'Pinjare waali Muniya' (The bird in the cage) is a well-known Indian folk song that is sung in its Hindi heartland with much fervor to date. The song has been adapted many a time into multiple versions over the years. This essay provides a detailed semiotic analysis of the song, why it doesn't literally mean anything, and therefore what could the song possibly be signifying in terms of semiotics.