Sohail Abid

Writer exploring tradition, art, and music of the people of Punjab

Folk treasures

While going through a collection of BaaraN Maaha, I just stumbled upon a beautiful Punjabi song where the girl gives 12 reasons why her man shouldn’t leave for pardes (for work) in any month of the year. It ends at her saying: baarañ maheene channa, rall mill khediye.

It’s a folk song—meant to be sung. I have only found the text in a collection. My searches for a sung version haven’t been fruitful so far. The lyrics are great though.

It’s times like these when I wish our modern-day singers would also look through the treasures we have in folk and classical poetry before they select (or worse, write themselves) what they are going to sing.

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