Songs in Punjabi

Follow along with Kanan Adhvaryu, Surjeet Garcha, Rajinder Singh Pandher, Jasbir Sandu and Raj Verma as they teach us two songs in Punjabi: My Mother and Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Meet Kanan, Surjeet, Rajinder, Jasbir and Raj
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Learn the song Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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Meet Kanan, Surjeet, Rajinder, Jasbir and Raj

Kanan Adhvaryu, whose first name means "green forest" in Gujarati, came to Canada less than two years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She has a master's degree in microbiology and worked as a high-school teacher in India. Kanan lives in Burnaby and works as a retail cashier and customer service representative in Vancouver. She has built on her love of teaching by through volunteer work at Second Street Community School in Burnaby.

Surjeet K. Garcha, whose first name means "victory of God" in Punjabi, came to Canada about five years ago from Barnala, Punjab, India. She was a school teacher in India. Now retired and living in Burnaby, she enjoys spending time with children, including her three grandchildren, as well as playing table tennis and badminton.

Rajinder Singh Pandher, whose first name means "king of the God of Rain" in Punjabi, came to Canada about 37 years ago from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Rajinder lives in East Burnaby and is the editor of Sach Di Awaaz, a local weekly Punjabi/English newspaper. He is a very active volunteer, serving on the boards of South Burnaby Neighbourhood House and Progressive Housing Society as well as on the advisory panel for the Burnaby Social Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee.

Jasbir Sandhu, whose first name means "the brave girl who sings in praise of God" in Punjabi, came to Canada about 40 years ago from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. She was a teacher in the Airforce Central School in India. Now retired and living in Burnaby, she volunteers at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. She loves to dance and sing Punjabi folk music.

Raj Verma, whose first name means "to rule" in Hindi, came to Canada 14 years ago from New Delhi, the capital city of India. She was an elementary teacher in India and also taught for some years in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now retired, she volunteers in the Hindu Temple kitchen.

My Mother

This song talks about the high regard Indian children have for their mothers.

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Mermi Mammi Punjabi script

Meri Mammi
Meri mammi bari piyari
Ghumaun lai ke jaandi mainun
Phulan di kiari

School laee karadi mainu tiaar
Main isse layee kardaa haan satikaar

Mere utte hath na chukke
Bure kamm karan nun dase
Ise laee jaandi satikari

Meri mammi bari piyari
Meri mammi bari piyari

My Mother
My mother is very nice
She takes me to the flower garden

She makes me ready for school
That’s why I respect her

She never hits me
She never asks me to do something wrong
Therefore, she is respected

My mother is very nice
My mother is very nice

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Indian children traditionally live in the home of their paternal grandparents and go to stay with their maternal grandparents during the holidays. Saag, mentioned in this song, is a dish made from spinach or other green leaves. It is usually eaten with rotis (unleavened flatbread) or another kind of bread.

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Balle Balle Balley in Punjabi script

Balle Balle Balley
Balle balle balley
Chhutian manauan asin nanake han challe

Saag naal makki diyan rotian vi khavange
Maami jadon ghooregi tan maame kol jaavange
Maami da piyaar asin bann laina palle

Balle balle balley
Chhutian manauan asin nanake han challe

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
We are going to our (maternal) grandparents’ house for holidays

We will eat corn-flour rotis with saag
When (maternal) aunt becomes mad at us, we will run to our (maternal) uncle
We will keep our (maternal) aunt’s love with us

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
We are going to our (maternal) grandparents’ house for holidays

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Punjabi (also spelled Panjabi) is spoken in India and Pakistan. Did you know that Panjab means “five rivers”? Punjabi originated in Punjab, a region defined by five rivers that includes parts of India and Pakistan.

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