Songs in Urdu

Follow along with Farah Khurrum as she teaches us two songs in Urdu: Uncle Moon and The King and the Queen.

Meet Farah Khurrum
Learn the song Uncle Moon

Learn the song The King and the Queen
Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Meet Farah Khurrum

Farah Khurrum, whose first name means "happiness" in Urdu, came to Canada three years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. She has an undergraduate degree in computer science and is currently pursuing a second degree in accounting at UBC. A mother of two preschoolers, Farah actively promotes multilingualism. She is developing Urdu books for preschoolers through her Spark a Quest project.

Uncle Moon

Variations of Uncle Moon are sung in different languages throughout South Asia. In this Urdu version, Uncle Moon makes sweet pancakes and he, not the baby as in the Hindi version, gets upset when the cup breaks.

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Uncle moon in Urdu script

Chanda Mama
Chanda Mama door kay
Baray pakaain boor kay
Aap khaain thali main
Hum ko dain piali main
Piali gaii toot
Chanda mama gayay rooth
Laain gay hum piali
Baja baja kay taali

Uncle Moon
Uncle Moon from far away
Making dumplings of bran
He himself eats in a plate
And gives these to us in a cup
The cup got broken
Uncle Moon became displeased

The King and the Queen

Halwa is a type of sweet dessert served mainly in South Asia and the Middle East. In Pakistan, it is commonly made from semolina, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar, and flavoured with dried fruits and nuts, carrots or tender gourds.



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The king

Raja Rani
Aao bacho suno kahani
Aik tha raaja, aik thi raani
Raaja baitha been bajayay
Raani baithi gana gayay
Tota baitha choanch hilayay
Noker lay kar halwa aaya
Totay ka bhi ji lalchaya
Raaja gana gata jayay
Nokar shoar machata jayay
Tota halwa khata jayay

The King and the Queen
Come children listen to a story
There was a king and there was a queen
The king was sitting and playing a flute
The queen was sitting and singing
A parrot was moving his beak around
A servant brought halwa
The parrot wanted to have it too
The king kept on singing
The servant kept on making noise
The parrot kept on eating halwa

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Urdu is the official language of Pakistan and is also spoken in northern India, where it originated. It’s a close relative of Hindi, but Urdu has borrowed more from Arabic and Persian. Did you know that English got the words cushy and khaki from Urdu?

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