Latest Punjabi Wedding Songs

Winter’s here, which means it’s Wedding Season! Band, baaja, baaraat time *woot, woot!* Indian weddings are synonymous with music; Mehendi, Sangeet, Shaadi, Reception – and the other innumerable rasam and rivaaz in between – are incomplete without it.

A wedding is a colossal affair where everyone, from relatives to the mohalle-waale, is involved; even when it comes to music. We’ve heard it all:

  • Ladies of the house and the neighbourhood aunties – particularly the zealous aunties – singing their hearts out,
  • The live orchestra at Sangeet functions playing classics like Mere angne mein tumhara kya kaam hai
  • Band-wallahs announcing your yaar’s shaadi to the entire city,
  • And the DJ belting out one Yo Yo Honey Singh number after another.

Speaking of which, Punjabi songs deserve a special mention. No wedding is complete without a Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol or Main Toh Ainvayi, Ainvayi. Admit it! So, if you’re out hunting for the best contemporary Punjabi songs to brighten up your friend’s, sibling’s, or heck, even your own wedding ceremonies, you’re at the right place.

I’ve been pondering over this list since quite some time now so be rest assured a lot of thought and research has gone into it. If only college research work could be this fun. *Ahem*

I’ve done away with Bollywood Punjabi songs, because they’re basically inescapable, and stuck to those from latest Punjabi movies and albums. (To maintain recency, all listed songs are 2013-2015 releases). It’s pretty much got something for everyone. You’ll love these if you’re a Punjabi music fan, or a Punjabi, or both!

  1. Godday Godday Chaa – Malkit Singh

The happiest song I’ve heard in a long time. Anyone with a large family who loves their food, drink and dance will instantly connect with and love it. It address every possible member of one’s family from Mummy-Daddy, Chacha-Chachi, Maasi-Maasar, brothers, sisters, jija, friends, relatives and the entire gathering; with ‘Kaala Doriya’ thrown in for good measure. You won’t feel left out with this one no matter how you’re related (or not) to the groom!

  1. Sithneyan – Jaz Dhami

Sithneyan refers to light banter that ensues between the maternal (Naanke) and paternal (Daadke) sides of the family. The song has run into a controversy-of-sorts where some consider the lyrics to be offensive (with reference to the YouTube comments). However, for those who can take it with a pinch of salt, this is one enjoyable song.

  1. Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo – Title Song

Punjabi folk music with a twist of modernity! Sung by Amrinder Gill and Shipra Goyal, this song is naturally beautiful and captures the essence of traditional Punjabi songs; the only twist being the silver di taar.

  1. Glassi – Mr. & Mrs. 420

The people who stand strong through the entire wedding rigmarole deserve a song in their honour, right? No, not the bride and groom; I’m talking about their friends. These guys (and girls) put their heart and soul into performing their BFF duties, which of course earns them the right to enjoy to the fullest! After all, if it wasn’t for your buddies, who would breathe life into your Sangeet and Mehendi? And who would dance in your baaraat as if his life depends on it, haan?

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve seen people take these lines a tad seriously – ‘ajj nachna ae sir te glassi rakhke’ and ‘muh vich rumaal paake hath naal ghumaavangey’; even when the song doesn’t call for it. Such is the level of enthusiasm and energy. Believe me you definitely want this on your list. Plus, it has Jassi Gill, Yuvraj Hans and Binnu Dhillon for God’s sake. Need more reasons?

  1. Ghagre Di Lauwn – Dildariyaan

It calls for only 3 things: dance, dance and dance. The beats of the song and voices of Jassi Gill and Kaur B make you forget the world and do the Bhangra, shoulder chak chak ke!

  1. Saa Charju – PNB

Wedding playlist without the quintessential Girls Vs. Boys Bhangra song? Whaaa? Nuh-uh! This one by hit-machine PBN is absolutely fun and will linger in your mind all day. It indulges in a healthy battle of the sexes and has some amazing beats fit for the bhangre de rajas and giddeyaan di ranis! Bring together the men and women of the family and let the dance war begin. Don’t forget the Grey Goose. Just saying. It is after all a wedding, no?

  1. Shagna Di Tyari – Happy Raikoti (7 Knaalan)

‘Every girl dreams of her wedding day’; har ladki ka sapna and all that. I was reminded of these cringe-worthy statements we’ve heard a million times over and pleasantly surprised to see how the cliché has been taken and turned on its head in the most adorable way. Ha! So, it isn’t only the girls who dream of their big day! Shanga Di Tyari is a song from the boy’s point-of-view (finally!) and a masterpiece by young gun, Happy Raikoti.

  1. Dil Da Plot – Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin

This one by Jassi Gill & Roshan Prince, the immensely talented duo that has taken the Punjabi music scene by storm, is a must-have on your wedding playlist. (Come to think of it, I’ve unintentionally listed quite a few Jassi Gill songs; seems like he’s ruling the roost. Good for him!)

Baaki kudiyaan da 22, 23, 24, 25, 26… The play on the word ‘boycott’, ‘bai’cott (in the Punjabi accent) and ‘22’ (the number 22 is pronounced in Punjabi as bāī) is epic and terribly cute. That was just FYI because you mustn’t miss out on it.

  1. Aaja Bhangra Pa Laiye – Saadi Love Story

Diljit Dosanjh and Amrinder Gill. What? Isn’t that reason enough for a song to be absolutely phenomenal? You have Navraj Hans’ vocals to boot. Okay, Surveen Chawla is the leading lady. Happy now? Yay! *ting*

  1. Nanke Dadke (Boliyan) – Raj Ghuman

One solely for the Punjabi weddings! Think the list is incomplete without Boliyaan? Me too. So here you go! In her distinct voice, Raj Ghuman sings this beautiful number, which gets feet tapping and the entire family dancing! Burrraahh!

I can’t help adding one more to my initial list ‘cuz 10 is just not enough! Here’s a bonus:

  1. Singh Naal Jodi – Sukhshinder Shinda & Diljit Dosanjh

One simply can’t put together a Punjabi playlist and give the most effervescent and lively jodi a miss. Go traditional with this beautiful Singh-Kaur track sung by the remarkable duo of Diljit Dosanjh and Sukhshinder Shinda. O chakkle dholiye!

There! You’re now ready to impress the family with your knowledge of fantastic songs! You’re welcome 😀

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Assam 1860, Tea As It Should Be – Review

 

Tea is the elixir of life; like love in a cup; a best friend that will never judge you. It’s liquid magic. No beverage, mark my words (not even coffee), comes close to being a miracle worker like tea! Precisely why I believe Assam 1860 and I have forged a bond that is sure to last a long, long time.

If there’s any Indian brand that has the most courteous and co-operative ‘tea’m, it’s Assam 1860. I’ve been a loyalist since I stumbled upon their website and social media accounts. Their Twitter and Instagram profiles are flooded with the most impressive set of puns that revolve around, well, tea! This punny fever is infectious and has quite evidently rubbed off on me.

With over 150 years of experience and expertise, Assam 1860 is India’s highest quality gourmet black tea brand. The leaves are plucked, processed and packaged in the estate itself that gives an assurance of quality. Assam 1860 celebrates tea.
(Now that’s one par’tea’ I’d love to be invited to!)

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Fresh, young leaves at the Thowra Estate

Tea bags as well as loose CTC tea is available, that is un-blended and brought to you 6 months fresher than other brands. (CTC refers to the Crush-Tear-Curl method of processing tea). Truly garden fresh! I tried out a cuppa chai recently and haven’t stopped since. I’m officially a fan.

It’s got a robust flavour that’s strong but not over-bearing. It’s fragrant and revitalizing. You can brew the tea with milk (doodh cha in Bengali lingo), take your shot of black liquor, a cup brimming with masala chai or even turn it into a glass of delicious, energizing lemon ice tea!

What comes across is that the distinct flavour that’s typical of Assam tea and that’s honestly what I absolutely love. Clearly very different from the brand I’ve been consuming for years now. The change, like the tea, is refreshing and welcome. One sip and you are transported from your home to the James Warren Tea Estate of Thowra, Assam. For me, it was love at first sip, indeed.

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The cute li’l cuppa says “Brace yourself, it’s s’tea‘my time!”

Its packaging is noteworthy too. The tea bags come in plastic pouches, neatly arranged in a green cardboard box. The little bags themselves are made of cloth mesh unlike other brands that use flimsy, paper-like material. This prevents the bag from tearing and leaves from spilling out if dipped in very hot liquid. A lot of thought has gone into taking care of a customer’s needs and it’s these little things that really win over our hearts!

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Oh, while we’re on it, if you live in Kolkata or are currently visiting, do visit Park Street (but of course). While you’re there, drop in to the Assam 1860 stall. Only yesterday, I was walking down Park Street soaking in the sights and sounds of Christmas when I noticed the Assam 1860 stall. I was pleasantly surprised and naturally couldn’t contain my enthusiasm, so I went ahead to meet the team; a group of well-educated, well-spoken graduates who are as passionate about tea as me. Yay. I stand by my words and repeat, Assam 1860 has the friendliest representatives.

 

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In conversation!

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The wheel of for’tea‘une

Now go get your pack of Assam 1860! What’re you waiting for? Christmas? 😉 Teas the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la…

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Roger that!

 

(All pictures have either been clicked by me or borrowed from the official social media accounts of Assam 1860)