Boliyan Book is a Punjabi wedding song book containing Punjabi wedding song lyrics. What makes it special is the way in which it has been created. All of the songs are written phonetically in English so that you can start singing straight away, whether you can speak Punjabi or not.
Boliyan Book is packed with rich content covering traditional wedding songs for all of the main wedding events including kudmai, chunni, maiyan, nanakishak, jago and many more. It contains a comprehensive collection of Punjabi wedding songs including boliyan, sangeet songs, dholki songs, suhag, ghorhian and tappe. It has been designed as a simple step-by-step guide so that readers know where and when to sing all of these traditional Punjabi wedding songs.
“I purchased Boliyan Book the day it was launched. It’s the first time I have ever seen anything like it! I have always wanted to be able to sing along at family weddings and during the long coach journeys. We had a wedding this weekend. With our dholki and my copy of Boliyan Book, we were singing throughout the whole of the four hour coach trip to the Midlands and all the way back in the evening! It’s so easy to use and easy to find any song you are looking for. I love the way it’s sectioned, different songs for different parts of the wedding. It’s a great way to get the family together and having a laugh!”
The Birth of Boliyan Book
Boliyan Book began with a single comment from a member of the family during a sangeet party, “how are we ever going to remember all of these songs when our children get married?!”
Everyone enjoys a Punjabi wedding and all the festivities that come along with it, within the celebrations is a great amount of singing and dancing. Like a Bollywood film, the singing and dancing is something a wedding is remembered by! After experiencing many close family weddings, a similar scenario was seen – the frantic printing of a few lines here and a few lines there of Punjabi wedding songs from the internet. It was pretty hard to follow the lyrics because of the spellings and style of presentation. Picture the scene, your favourite aunty singing the popular songs and everyone clapping along sharing the odd word they know, does “hey shava” bring back memories for you..? We thought something needs to be done so that Punjabi wedding celebrations are easier to join in with and thus Boliyan Book was born!
Boliyan Book and the Preservation of Punjabi Culture
There is an ever-growing concern that the new generations of Punjabis living around the world are losing parts of their culture as they inevitably become more and more integrated within western society. This integration is just as important as understanding and retaining the Punjabi culture for today and the future, because today’s knowledge of the Punjabi culture will be passed onto our children. To give the future generations of Punjabis a chance to be a part of the Punjabi culture, the understanding of that very culture must be driven from the epicentre – by the Punjabis who are here in the now.
Boliyan Book is so much more than just a wedding song book. It is something to make our parents feel proud of. It is symbolic of the preservation and the togetherness of a Punjabi family, mixing the old with the new. Now Punjabis of all ages can truly come together and have more fun at weddings.
Infinity Squared Books
Infinity Squared Books was founded in 2010 to provide readers with books for a new generation. Alongside the release of Boliyan Book, Infinity Squared Books are working on a number of other titles that will be unveiled soon. These new titles will provide readers with something new and innovative that will challenge existing boundaries.