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Tunak Tunak Tun - The Indian Song Foreigners Love

Updated on April 19, 2021
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What's Tunak Tunak Tun?

Tunak Tunak Tun is a famous Punjabi pop song by singer Daler Mehndi. I had heard it years ago, and recently when I scanned through YouTube, I felt proud that such a song has garnered so much attention worldwide.

It is a groovy dance number - very vibrant, energetic, and with a lot of beats. I can imagine why this song is a favorite of many foreigners. On this page, you will see some of the best YouTube videos uploaded by people from all around the globe dancing or singing along to Tunak Tunak Tun.

If you are an Indian, you will be proud of how your very own desi tune is being enjoyed so much (maybe even more than us) by people out there. If you are not an Indian, you can add one more song to your dance playlist.

Tunak Tunak Tun is classified as a Bhangra (Punjabi dance/music) number. This form of dance originated in Punjab, India around the 11th century. Originally it was considered as a folk dance, but later on, evolved to become the dance form that you see today.

Many westerners went on to adopt this dance technique and bring their own slight alterations to it. Bhangra is not only enjoyed in India nowadays but all over the world. In India, people dance to Bhangra music for cultural competitions, college programs, Indian festivals/celebrations, etc.

The outfits worn while during Bhangra is worth noting. Men wear turbans, kurta and a chaadra. Chaadra is a type of cloth that is wrapped around the waist in a certain style whereas Kurta is a long top. Look at the first picture shown on this page and you will get an idea of what the attire is. Women usually wear salwar kameez -- a long kurta and baggy pants with the whole look completed with a shawl wrapped around the neck.

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The Original Tunak Tunak Tun Video

Want to Sing Along?

If you are not from Punjab, you are most likely going to have trouble singing along to the tunes of "Tunak Tunak Tun". Check out the following video which has Tunak Tunak Tun with English lyrics. Please note this is NOT a translation and is only meant to help you to sing along. The uploader has included English words that he thought sounded like the Punjabi words appearing in the song. The result is a video which is crazy and damn funny!

Tunak Tunak Tun With Misheard English Lyrics

What Does the Song Mean?

So now you've heard the song, and you can now even sing along a bit thanks to the video uploaded above - but what on earth does the song mean? If you want to know the English translation, watch the video below.

Tunak Tunak Tun English Translation by Google Translate

The Variations

By now you must be knowing how to -

  • Identify the song
  • Sing along to the song
  • Understand the meaning of the song

If you haven't yet, it's okay. This isn't an exam!

Coming up next are the various videos uploaded on YouTube by people from around the globe dancing or singing along to the beats of Tunak Tunak Tun.

Daddy and Daughter Singing Along to Tunak Tunak Tun

Dance Party at Bloomingdale High School, Florida

Greek Children Dancing to Tunak Tunak Tun in Swimming Pool

Dancing Slovakians!

Koreans Seem to Like It Too..

Dancing to Tunak Tunak Tun - AIESEC Canada


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