ATP and Tangay Walla Khair Mangda

Posted on November 25, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, About ATP, Music, TV, Movies & Theatre
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Adil Najam

One of the earliest posts I did on ATP was called Tangay Walla Khair Mangda.’ It was a Picture of the Day post and used the tanga/tonga picture that we now often use on the masthead.


The song by that name is a particular favorite of mine, both for its music and for its message. As I was listening to it today, I was reminded of that post and how far this blog has come since then. We now have more readers than I had ever imagined having, a bursting set of discussions, and a whole host of new friends who we have never seen but meet each day.I am thankful for all of this. But I must confess that sometimes – especially as I sometimes sift through needless sarcasm, provocations, and anger in the comments section – I miss the old days.

Much like I sometimes miss going to school on a tanga, even as I conference-hop across the globe on huge impersonal jetliners. There is something more personal, more civil, more familiar, more human about small communities. In a tanga, even a communal one, you get to know everyone. You share your ganderis with everyone when you are in a tanga. In a jetliner you sit next to someone for 22 straight hours and often do not share a single word; and when you do it is more likely to be a nasty look because they pushed back their seat too far or something!

As you can see, I am in a rather pensive mood today. I apologize. That is why I was listening to this song. It always cheers me up.

I must confess, I still see my own role on ATP as that of the tangay wallah. I cannot take people where they do not wish to go. Its their journey and their destination. But like actor Lala Sudhir and singer Masood Rana in Baba G.A. Chishti’s immortal song, I too see, as the song says, ‘banda rang rang da‘ and I too sing the song of ‘Khair’ (I guess here it means something like ‘goodness’ and ‘friendship’) for everyone. That, I guess, is the best that one can ever do.

So, dear friends, here is a video of the song – from the 1964 movie Daachi. The video quality is really bad, but the sound quality is descent. Do watch it if you can. It is really quite wonderful once you get past the picture quality. Note, for example, the shaadi band, the train, the guy on the bicycle and much more. But if you can, focus on the words. I hope even non-Punjabi speakers will get the gist: peace and friendship to all!

14 responses to “ATP and Tangay Walla Khair Mangda

  1. ahmed says:

    AN, there is a twinge of pain in what you write. I too wish sometimes that there were less of polemics and more of generous sharing….
    Khair is untranslatable into English; it has so many layers of meaning which only a Pakistani born and bred can feel and understand.
    Let us all share those ghanderies if we can even if they be unseasonable and only in thought.
    “Tangay-wala khair mangda”

  2. king_faisal says:

    this is the best pakistani website i have come across. please keep up the good work

  3. Daktar says:

    Love the song, love the picture and love the sentiments of the post. The world will be a much nicer place if we were all like the tangay walla and sought KHAIR for all.

    P.S. I think ‘contentment’ is the best translation of ‘khair’ in this song.

  4. drpak says:

    Great post Adil. And great blog – keep up the good work.

  5. Naveed says:

    Adil, as is usual in your blogs, you have struck so many chords. “Khair” could ALSO mean wellbeing/contentment & increase the charm of the song. The tangay wallah is a “nij/thait” pakistani, invoking a prayer of blessing everyone with prayers of “khair” but content with his life albiet in more innocent times… I would hate to think that this age of innocence is gone. It exists in the smiles of children in their morning rush to school. May be not in chauffer driven cars in posh localities but everywhere in “androon shehar”

    A few cousins settled in the US came visiting Karachi last year and they and their kids got on a tanga and took a tour of the city…they had so much fun that their visits are now becoming more frequent… some effect the tanga had on them….well the love they got from the extended family played some part as well

    tangay-wallah songs include one in which Nadeem is singing “hum chalay to hamaray sung sung nazary challay” by Alamgir; pakistani filmi music prior to the 80’s had awesome lyrics. there are some more tangaywallah songs that always bring back memories of the good old days. but thank you for sharing yours; the gandayree reference always makes me laugh

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