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The Indian Tune Foreigners Love Dancing To - Tunak Tunak Tun!

Updated on May 10, 2014
Bhangra Dancers
Bhangra Dancers

Tunak Tunak Tun

Tunak Tunak Tun is a famous Punjabi pop song by singer Daler Mehndi. I had heard it years ago, and now when I scan through YouTube, I feel proud that such a song has garnered so much of attention after many years. It is a groovy dance number -- very vibrant, energetic and with a lot of beats. I can imagine why this song is a favorite for many foreigners. On this page, you will see some of the best of YouTube videos uploaded by foreigners 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 programmes, 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 which 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 which 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 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

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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    • kannanwrites profile image

      Kannan Reddy 

      7 years ago from Mumbai

      Great loved it!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      This was a lotta fun, Diva. Thanks for your creative idea. It was very difficult to type this comment as I was jumping up and down to the beat of the videos. :)

    • divacratus profile imageAUTHOR

      Kalpana Iyer 

      7 years ago from India

      Melbel - I love Benny Lava Buffalaxed video too! Lol. Freakin' hilarious!!

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      Melanie Palen 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Haha! I LOVE Tunak Tun! We used to watch Buffalaxed videos which were videos that a user on YouTube called buffalax would create. Essentially they were non-English vids with fake English subtitles which were supposed to be what the people sound like they are saying in English.

      My favorite buffalaxed video is Benny Lava!

      Great hub!

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