Punjabi Tappe - Tappa from the folk tradition

Today I came across some unusal tappas sung by Ghulam Ali ... I am writing this as I listen to them. 

'Tappa' is believed to be originated from musical talent of Ghulam Nabi Shori, i.e. Shori Miyan after getting influenced by folk music of Punjab and Sindh. It is supposed that Tappa is originally, the folk song of camel-drivers of Punjab-Sindh region, so it contains the lyrics in Punjabi language. Basically the lyrical content depicts the love and sorrow of separation of Hir and Ranjha or any lovers. Raags expressing romance, light mood or pathos such as Khamaj, Kafi, Bhairavi, Jhinjhoti, Tilang, Sindhura, Des, and Taals such as Punjabi, Pashto, Sitarkhani are popularly practiced for Tappa. 

The classical tappas have evolved somewhat differently from the folk tradition.  I really like the folk tradition tappas. Punjabi Tappe in the folk tradition generally have three lines where lines 1 and 3 rhyme, and also generally are composed on the same tune.  They can also have four lines (see below). Also, generally there is no relation between one stanza and the other - they can be looked at as independent poems.

Tappe by Jagjit Singh - Kothe te aa Maahiya 

Frolic and romantic teasing: 


Jagjit Singh Tappe Lyrics

Kothe te aa mahiya,
Milna taa millege,
Nai to khasmaa nu kha mahiya,
 
Ke leyna hai mitra to,
Milne to aa jawa,
Daar lagta hai chiitra to,
 
Tusi kale kale ho,
Kuch tee sharam karo,
Dhiya putra wale ho,
 
Aye sare dand paye kade ne,
Asi taanu chunge lagde,
Te sade dhiya put wadhde ne,
 
Ithe pyaar di puch koi na,
Tere nail nayui boolna,
Tere muh te much koi na,
 
Maja pyaar da chak langa,
Je tera hukm hoye,
Meh to dadi wi rakh langa
 
Bage which aaya kaaro,
Jado usii so jayye,
Tusi makhiya udaya karo,
 
Tusi rooj nahaya kaaro,
Makhiya to darde ho,
Gud thoda khaya karo
 
Eet pyaar di pawage,
Hum asi mil gaye ha,
Geet pyaar de gawa ge
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Tappe by Ghulam Ali - Patna e ta mil maahiyaa 

(missing the beloved)



 

Patna e ta mil maahiyaa
mudattaan beet gaiyaan
tera dil e ke sil maahiyaa

If you want to agree then meet
its been years
do you have a heart or a stone?

tu charh gayi doli ni
kachhiye bolaan diye
saadi jindari roli ni

mere aas rodi vey
kali main reldi saan
kandeyaan sang jodi vey

hun mel naa hone ni
sukhi vas tu adiye
saanu umraan de rone ni

anhoni hoyi mahiyaa
veriyaan zulam keeta
mera dosh na koyi mahiyaa

mera maan gavaayaa ni
sajna da sang chhad ke
tere hath ki aayaa ni?

tere pyaar di saun mainu
Rabb mainu bhul jaave
bhul jaavaan je main tainu





Interesting to hear tappe sometimes in a qawwalli (around 22 minutes into):



Do zulfaan challe vey challe
Do zulfaan challe vey challe
Saara jag sohna he
mainde mahiye toon thale vey thale

Do naina nail deeyan
maithoo ki tareef theeve
teriyaan zulfaan valail deeyaan

Others with this: 

kothe te kalo mahiya 
chan pave nit chadhdaa 
sanu teri hi lo mahiya

do patri anara de
sadi gali lang mahiya
dukh tutan bimara de

kothe te kill mahiya
mudata beet gayiya 
tera dil aake sil mahiya

badi chandri javaani e
ik vaari mildi e
ve dende umraa nishaani e

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