Songs in Hindi

Follow along with Kanan Adhvaryu, Surjeet Garcha, Rajinder Singh Pandher, Jasbir Sandu and Raj Verma as they teach us two songs in Hindi: Uncle Moon and Wake Up Children, It's Morning.

Meet Kanan, Surjeet, Rajinder, Jasbir and Raj
Learn the song Uncle Moon

Learn the song Wake Up Children, It's Morning

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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 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.

Uncle Moon

The singers introduced the song as follows: "Come children, today we’ll tell you a story of Uncle Moon. Uncle Moon lives far away in the sky. He loves all the children very much. Listen." This song is very well-known throughout India. The Urdu version is slightly different.

Print the words to this song [PDF]
Find ideas for using this song in a program about bedtime

चंदा मामा
चंदा मामा दूर के
पूये पकायें बूर के
आप खायें थाली में
मुन्‍ने को दें प्‍याली में
प्‍याली गई टूट
मुन्‍ना गया रूठ
नई प्‍याली लायेंगे
मुन्‍ने को मनायेंगे
चंदा मामा दूर के

Chanda Mama
Chanda mama door ke
Puye pakayein boor ke
Aap khaayein thaali mein
Munne ko den pyaali mein
Pyaali gayi toot
Munna gaya rooth.
Nayi pyaali layenge
Munne ko manayenge
Chanda mama door ke

Uncle Moon
Uncle Moon lived far away
He makes sweet pancakes
He himself is eating them in a plate
And giving to baby in a cup
The cup broke
The baby was upset
Uncle Moon will bring new cups
He will conciliate baby
Uncle Moon lived far away

Wake Up Children, It's Morning

This is a cheerful song to start the day.

Print the words to this song [PDF]
Find ideas for using this song in a  program with the theme "daily routine"

जागो बच्‍चो हुआ सवेरा
जागो बच्‍चो हुआ सवेरा
चिडियों ने तज दया बसेरा
कौवे कांव कांव चिल्‍लाते
करके हल्‍ला तुम्‍हें जगाते
सूरज भी अब जाग गया है
खिडकी मेंसे झांक रहा है
जागो बच्‍चो हुआ सवेरा

Jago Bachcho Hua Saveraa
Jago bachcho hua saveraa
Chidiyon ne taj diya basera
Kouve kanv-kanv chillaate
Karke halla tumhein jagate
Suraj bhi ab jaag gaya hai
Khidki mein se jhaank raha hai
Jago bachcho hua saveraa

Wake Up Children, It's Morning
Wake up children, it’s morning
The birds have left their nests
The crows are exclaiming
They want to wake you up
The Sun has also awakened
He’s peeking through your window
Wake up children, it’s morning

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