Mamla Gadbad Hai

In an earlier post, a couple of commenters mentioned the shortfalls of much of today’s Punjabi music industry (lack of depth and creativity, among other things). I agree that much (though not all) of today’s Punjabi music leaves me wanting something more, but I thought we could switch to a lighter note for a moment to reminisce and revel in the works of one of the best artists from modern Punjab…(I’d love to hear what others’ favorites are too)

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The simple taal at the beginning makes my skin tingle. And the pure charm of this 1970’s (I think- guessing from the clothes) Gurdas is like a breath of fresh air…

Are there any up and coming artists that have the sincerity and creativity that Gurdas Maan has shown in the past few decades?

Maybe Rohanpreet, the Little Prince of Patiala, can give us reason to hope. :)

Update-from Gurdas Maan’s new album, “Boot Polishan” :

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24 Responses to “Mamla Gadbad Hai”

  1. Jodha says:

    Since we're on Gurdas Mann his new album just came out a couple of days ago.

    His new movie is also releasing in about a month…

  2. Jodha says:

    Since we’re on Gurdas Mann his new album just came out a couple of days ago.

    His new movie is also releasing in about a month…

  3. Reema says:

    Did you get the new album, Jodha? How is it?

  4. Reema says:

    Did you get the new album, Jodha? How is it?

  5. P.Singh says:

    Wow – Google it, and ye shall find:

    http://www.bubbley.net/punjabimusic/Gurdas%20Maan

    * Admin Edit * Another link: http://www.apnaorg.com/music/gurdas-2/index.php3 (scroll down to Punjbiya Zubane)

  6. Ras Mali says:

    Please Note: Gurdas Mann got his popular start in Patiala! As a student in Patiala he started performing in many youth festivals.

  7. Ras Mali says:

    Please Note: Gurdas Mann got his popular start in Patiala! As a student in Patiala he started performing in many youth festivals.

  8. Mewa Singh says:

    The video posted is from the famous movie of the same title Mamla Garbar Hai that came out during the early 1984. It was Mann's first movie. Few saw it, but his second movie the classic of all Punjabi movies — Laung Da Lishkara — that really launched his career.

    The album Mamla Garbar Hai came out a few years earlier in 1981 and was his second album following the success of Dil Da Mamla Hai.

    Although the video and song on youtube are ok, even his remake in the movie does not compare to the original song on the album. For that, listen at:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=P53o8VfrK38

  9. Mewa Singh says:

    The video posted is from the famous movie of the same title Mamla Garbar Hai that came out during the early 1984. It was Mann’s first movie. Few saw it, but his second movie the classic of all Punjabi movies — Laung Da Lishkara — that really launched his career.

    The album Mamla Garbar Hai came out a few years earlier in 1981 and was his second album following the success of Dil Da Mamla Hai.

    Although the video and song on youtube are ok, even his remake in the movie does not compare to the original song on the album. For that, listen at:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=P53o8VfrK38

  10. Phulkari says:

    Reema … thank you for the post … I keep listening to the song over and over again … it’s one of my favorites!

    Mewa Singh thank you so much for the original song … it definitely adds another dimension that you need to get the full effect! Laung Da Lishkara is a great one too!

    Once again … Mann Sahib … vah ve vah lathi seraa gaal! Gurdas Mann is not only a great singer and lyrist … he is one of the best Punjabi performers … a gifted artist. He brings the lyrics alive with not only his voice, but also his graceful body and eye movements … look at how he portrays a guy and girl in his "Mamla Gadbad Hai" video. His songs don't just sound good to the ears … when I listen to them and watch him perform something happens in my stomach … haha! :)

    It's also interesting how in the song lyrics and his performances he has a unique way of reflecting on the female experience. It's interesting how he uses femininity and masculinity at the same time.

    Will or do we have another great artist like Gurdas Mann … I don’t know … some claim there are, especially with all these other Mann artists out there … Rohanpreet if he keeps with it and nurtures his talent maybe he will have a chance … but for me … Gurdas Mann has so far been one-of-a-kind!

  11. Phulkari says:

    Reema … thank you for the post … I keep listening to the song over and over again its one of my favorites!

    Mewa Singh thank you so much for the original song … it definitely adds another dimension that you need to get the full effect! Laung Da Lishkara is a great one too!

    Once again … Mann Sahib … vah ve vah lathi seraa gaal! Gurdas Mann is not only a great singer and lyrist … he is one of the best Punjabi performers … a gifted artist. He brings the lyrics alive with not only his voice, but also his graceful body and eye movements … look at how he portrays a guy and girl in his “Mamla Gadbad Hai” video. His songs don’t just sound good to the ears … when I listen to them and watch him perform something happens in my stomach … haha! :)

    It’s also interesting how in the song lyrics and his performances he has a unique way of reflecting on the female experience. It’s interesting how he uses femininity and masculinity at the same time.

    Will or do we have another great artist like Gurdas Mann I dont know some claim there are, especially with all these other Mann artists out there Rohanpreet if he keeps with it and nurtures his talent maybe he will have a chance but for me Gurdas Mann has so far been one-of-a-kind!

  12. P.Singh says:

    Your post made my day Reema! I should probably be working, but Gurdas Mann cannot be ignored!

    How does one top Gurdas Mann's "Chala"? Or the lyrics of "Punjabiye Zubane", wherein he characterizes the Punjabi language as the beautiful lady (Rukan) of Punjab and the hardtimes she has fallen on… every sentence is moving – it brings a tear to even the most stolid eye.

    He describes the birth of Punjabi as a newborn, to her growth into a young woman, to a mother, touching upon partition, and how we, ungrateful people of Punjab, have stripped our own mother naked to make a living, and have her funeral pyre prepared and ready to go.

    The song touches upon the early influence of gorakhs, to the rapid growth of Punjabi under the Sikh Gurus, and the stewardship of the Sikh sangat. It describes the respect given by the likes of Waris Shah, Bulleh Shah…folk singers like Yamala Jatt, Asa Singh Mastana, Surinder Kaur…he alludes to the heartbreak and death of Shiv Kumar Batalvi…..punjabi traditions like "gudti" (the first bite of food given to a baby) – which I had never heard of before.

    The song is a history, literature lesson all-in-one.

    "Punjabiye zubane, ni rukane mere desh diye,

    Fikee pai gayee chehre di nuhar ni,

    Midian khilari phire, Bulleh dia kafia,

    Kehne tera la leya shingar ni?

    Punjabiye zubane, ni rukane mere desh diye."

  13. P.Singh says:

    Your post made my day Reema! I should probably be working, but Gurdas Mann cannot be ignored!

    How does one top Gurdas Mann’s “Chala”? Or the lyrics of “Punjabiye Zubane”, wherein he characterizes the Punjabi language as the beautiful lady (Rukan) of Punjab and the hardtimes she has fallen on… every sentence is moving – it brings a tear to even the most stolid eye.

    He describes the birth of Punjabi as a newborn, to her growth into a young woman, to a mother, touching upon partition, and how we, ungrateful people of Punjab, have stripped our own mother naked to make a living, and have her funeral pyre prepared and ready to go.

    The song touches upon the early influence of gorakhs, to the rapid growth of Punjabi under the Sikh Gurus, and the stewardship of the Sikh sangat. It describes the respect given by the likes of Waris Shah, Bulleh Shah…folk singers like Yamala Jatt, Asa Singh Mastana, Surinder Kaur…he alludes to the heartbreak and death of Shiv Kumar Batalvi…..punjabi traditions like “gudti” (the first bite of food given to a baby) – which I had never heard of before.

    The song is a history, literature lesson all-in-one.

    “Punjabiye zubane, ni rukane mere desh diye,
    Fikee pai gayee chehre di nuhar ni,
    Midian khilari phire, Bulleh dia kafia,
    Kehne tera la leya shingar ni?
    Punjabiye zubane, ni rukane mere desh diye.”

  14. P.Singh says:

    ..I should clarify…..the song became a history/literature lesson because we ended up discussing this song, line-by-line in a university-level Punjabi course.

  15. P.Singh says:

    ..I should clarify…..the song became a history/literature lesson because we ended up discussing this song, line-by-line in a university-level Punjabi course.

  16. P.Singh says:

    Wow – Google it, and ye shall find:

    http://www.bubbley.net/punjabimusic/Gurdas%20Maan

    * Admin Edit * Another link: http://www.apnaorg.com/music/gurdas-2/index.php3 (scroll down to Punjbiya Zubane)

  17. Phulkari says:

    P.Singh … I could not find the button to hear the song (maybe I am just confused) … I found it on youtube.com and you get to see him perform.

    I agree … "Punjabiye Zubane" is a beautiful song and history/literature lesson!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s348K93KzI

  18. Phulkari says:

    P.Singh … I could not find the button to hear the song (maybe I am just confused) … I found it on youtube.com and you get to see him perform.

    I agree … “Punjabiye Zubane” is a beautiful song and history/literature lesson!

  19. P.Singh says:

    Phulkari,

    On the link, where it says "Click on play button to listen music", look to the right, and there are three buttons there – play, pause, and stop. I kept missing them at first as well :)

    Thank you for the youtube link….but I've gotta say, having seen Gurdas Mann perform a few times, that is the worst I've seen him – he's just not into it, and his voice is not "on".

    If you can get the link in my earlier post to work, you'll get to hear this song the way it was meant to be heard. The youtube performance doesn't sound as great, because, well, he's older now, and can't hit the same high tone he could earlier, and his voice isn't as sharp as it once was (not to mention it's a live performance), but he's just not into the song.

    …relationships, theology, politics, and music appreciation to boot – I'm loving this blog!

  20. P.Singh says:

    Phulkari,

    On the link, where it says “Click on play button to listen music”, look to the right, and there are three buttons there – play, pause, and stop. I kept missing them at first as well :)

    Thank you for the youtube link….but I’ve gotta say, having seen Gurdas Mann perform a few times, that is the worst I’ve seen him – he’s just not into it, and his voice is not “on”.

    If you can get the link in my earlier post to work, you’ll get to hear this song the way it was meant to be heard. The youtube performance doesn’t sound as great, because, well, he’s older now, and can’t hit the same high tone he could earlier, and his voice isn’t as sharp as it once was (not to mention it’s a live performance), but he’s just not into the song.

    …relationships, theology, politics, and music appreciation to boot – I’m loving this blog!

  21. Phulkari says:

    P.Singh … I completely agree with you … Gurdas Mann is not really "on" in the youtube.com performance compared to the past “live” performances I too have seen. It just doesn't have the "enuf" and he looks a bit tired. You definitely have to listen to the original version to get the full flavor of this song … hear it come alive, particularly when he hits those high notes!

    Call me nostalgic for Gurdas Mann, but this youtube.com performance still makes something slightly happen in my stomach … haha! :)

  22. Phulkari says:

    P.Singh … I completely agree with you … Gurdas Mann is not really “on” in the youtube.com performance compared to the past live performances I too have seen. It just doesn’t have the “enuf” and he looks a bit tired. You definitely have to listen to the original version to get the full flavor of this song hear it come alive, particularly when he hits those high notes!

    Call me nostalgic for Gurdas Mann, but this youtube.com performance still makes something slightly happen in my stomach haha! :)

  23. rachi says:

    Hi – I'd really like to know the translation of the lyrics for his song – Rabba sanu maaf karin yaara sanu maaf. Can anybody supply please?

  24. rachi says:

    Hi – I'd really like to know the translation of the lyrics for his song – Rabba sanu maaf karin yaara sanu maaf. Can anybody supply please?

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