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Lohri Message 2013: Is Punjabi a Dying Language? It may well be!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Discussion | 0 comments

Lohri 4In view of the intense debate started about the future of one of the most ancient languages and associated cultures i.e. Punjabi and Punjabiat  and as a concerned citizen who watches this debate closely, I wrote an article titled, “Is Punjabi a Dying Language? and posted it on April 2, 2012. As usual I received some very interesting comments. One of the most recent comments that I received in the new year a few days ago was by Jehanzeb Mahar from Pakistan and I quote, “A few months ago, in Pakistan, parliamentarians from Sindh forwarded a bill calling for giving the status of national language to Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushto and Balochi, to a parliamentary committee. Amazingly, the members from Punjab, alongwith Urdu members, came out to be the most vocal opponents of the bill. So, the bill was rejected and couldn’t even be presented in the parliament for voting.” Vow! You should read that again and ponder!!
The question arises if the goodwill is any better on the eastern border of the Indus Valley?

Tradition has it that all Punjabis celebrate Lohri as a festival in their own ways, families get together and exchange good wishes. Not intending to water down the jubilations, I wonder how many of us really know the sober history behind it all. Reflecting on this and to bring it to the forefront of all concerned Punjabis living at home or in the Diaspora, I thought it appropriate to publish again the article as well as my Punjabi poem, ” Ma Boli Punjabie Tera Kon Vichara”, which I had written and posted on the website. Celebrating this ‘Lohri’ will not be complete unless it rekindles the spirit of ‘Dulla Bhatti’ of yesteryears who laid down his life saving the honor of a daughter of Punjab. From the ongoing it appears now the honor of Punjabi Ma is at stake!

On this note I leave you with the links to read my article as well as my poem and ponder :


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Punjabi Poem (romanized): Tera Kaun Vichara

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Gurmukhi Poems, Punjabi Poetry, Romanized Punjabi Poems | 1 comment

Dedicated to Dulla Bhatti  here is my Punjabi Poem for Lohri . . . .


Who was Dulla Bhatti and his relation with Punjabiat & Lohri. . . .


Dulla Bhatti was a Legendary Hero of Punjab, who led a rebellion against the Moughal King Akbar. . .


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Nazm, “ਸਫਰ,” Punjabi Poem, “Journey/Safar” (Gurmukhi/Romanized)

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Gurmukhi Poems, Punjabi Poetry, Romanized Punjabi Poems | 1 comment

Sfr: Journey Punjabi Poem by Pashaura Singh Dhillon (Gurmukhi and Romanized)

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Nazm, “ਕੰਵਲ ਫੁੱਲ,” Punjabi Poem, “Lotus Flower” (Gurmukhi/Romanized)

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in Gurmukhi Poems, Punjabi Poetry, Romanized Punjabi Poems | 2 comments

Kanwal Phull (Lotus Flower) Punjabi Poem by Pashaura Singh Dhillon


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Free Audio Download: “Phir Utthi Aakhir Sda”

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Audio Download | 2 comments

Many of you have been asking me for an audio download of the poem I sang at the Kavi Darbar of the 542nd Guru Nanak Prakaash Utsav in Caruthers, California celebrating November being officially designated as Sikh-American Awareness Month. If you haven’t read my blog on that yet, you can do so here: Caruthers Makes History. If you’d like some basic information and terms in Punjabi Poetry, please also check out Punjabi Poetry At A Glance.

Without further adieu, here is my poem, which you can now listen to and download for free:

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