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What is Boliyan ? (from Wikipedia)
Boliyan or Bolis are couplets that are sung in Punjabi Language.
A Boli expresses situations, their emotions and their typical situations. Usually a boli is sung and introduced by one woman, and then the other girls form a chorus.
Although women mainly sing boliyan, men also do, His Hit Smash Kulwinder Dhillon, was launched by his song Boliyan.  "Jaago" the night before the wedding, the awakening night is when all of the family join together and sing boliyan, to celebrate the joyous occasion. The first boli to be sung on the Jago Night is Jago Aiya- which translates into the following
Jatta Jaag Vey. - All you Jatts Wake Up Hun Jaago Aiya. - For the Jaago has came Shava vey hun Jaago Aiya. - Wow, just look, the Jaago has came.
Although commonly women do giddha, and sing boliyan, Malwai, from the lower Punjab is where the men sing the boliyan. They also do Bhangra dances to accompany the Boliyan.
Boliyan were started by the Punjabi ancestors. Their women would sing boliyan to express their emotions and feeling, or just for fun. Nowadays there have become even more popular, as they trademark your heritage.
There have been no popular boli writers, as someone could have thought of it on the spot, then it was repeated by someone else and so forth, therefore spreading the boli.
To give boliyan more depth and strength, the vibrant colours of the girls dyed salwar kameez's brighten up the surroundings. The brighter the dresses the more visible the dancers.
The folk dances have boliyan as their composition. It is these boliyan that enlivens the mood of the dancers
They are traditional but time has made changes in them too. The boliyan are not composed by a professional person only. Even a farmer contributes to them. They have a uniform rhythm, and often their appeal is enhanced by a meaningless rhyme added to them. Almost all folk dances are performed in circles. Whilst dancing the giddha, the women sing in sonorous voices, to the accompaniment of the dholak (drum), ghadda (pots) or to the beat of clapping. The leader (woman) of the chorus sings the boli, which the chorus repeats. The ghadda is played by gently striking a ring or a small stone on it in keeping with the rhythm. It helps to build an atmosphere of gaiety.
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