Narinder Biba

Narinder Biba
ਨਰਿੰਦਰ ਬੀਬਾ
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Background information
Birth nameNarinder Kaur
ਨਰਿੰਦਰ ਕੌਰ
Also known asBiba Ji
Born(1941-04-13)13 April 1941[1]
Died27 June 1997(1997-06-27) (aged 56)[1]
GenresPunjabi Folk
Notable instruments

Narinder Biba (Punjabi: ਨਰਿੰਦਰ ਬੀਬਾ) was a very well known Punjabi singer from East Punjab.[2] She had sung almost 7,000  songs which include Lok Geet, Boliyail, Tappe, Punjabi folklores, love romances of Punjab like Mirza Sahiban, Sassi Punnun and Sikh historical moments like Saka Sirhind and many more.[2]



Narinder Biba was born on 13 April 1941 to Sardar Fateh Singh and Bibi Mahender Kaur at Chak No. 120 in Sargodha District.(Pakistan). Later in 1947, the family settled in village Khumna near Amloh, Patiala district. She was married to Jaspal Singh Sodhi. She is regarded as a respectful folk artist from 1960s to 1990s up to the end of her career.

Early Life

During her early years, she used to sing shabads along with her father and won numerous prizes. Realizing her aptitude in music, her father decided to get her trained by some reputed music teacher. He chose Master Hari Dev and Lal Chand Yamla Jatt, as her classical (vocal) and folk tutors respectively. With passage of time, she did her Gyani from Punjab University and Master in music (Sangeet Bhaskar) from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.


At the time of the inauguration of Goraya Transmitter of All lndia Radio, Jalandhar, she was requested to give a performance at the occasion, which she did with the song 'Khushi diyan vangan ni main kal nu Charahauniyan' and became a celebrity. At that time she was just seventeen years old. However, the first stage performance of -her career started with the song 'Uhne kahiyan te mein na suniyan.

She started her professional singing career with very famous singer Jagat singh Jagga, and then her Brothers followed her footsteps Faquir singh faquir Ranbir singh Rana and Amir singh Rana. She use to give chance to new singers and also took some singer who failed test recording on HMV The Great Musical Company of all time unbelievable but true the legend of Kaliya singer Kuldeep Manak and many more who became very famous after performing with her. She recorded duets songs as well with Punjabi singers of their times like Harcharan Grewal, Muhammad Sadiq, Didar Sandhu, Karnail Gill, Ranbir Singh Rana, Gurcharan Pohli, Faqir Singh Faqir and many others and mad them famous in punjabi folk singing. She recorded songs penned by famous lyricist such as Dev Tharikewala, Babu Singh Maan and Inderjeet Hasanpuri among others. She used to organise Mela which used to start with sikh religious prayer ( shree Akahand path) lasting three days ending with thadi Jatha and used to provide free food (langar) three times a day with the help of local politics leader Jaswant singh Jassowal and singers like Surinder Shinda, Sardool Sikandar, Kuldeep Manak, K Deep Jagmohan Kaur, and many more punjabi singers who used to perform for free on the Mela Stage performing free for punjabi culture to remind our people about our (Maa boli) mother tongue punjabi to people and their children who were getting too modern and were feeling ashamed to speak their own language at the time and started following typical western style. She was first Punjabi Singer who took group of singers with Bhangra Group to London, Canada, America, and other European countries and Asian countries and attracted audience who could not even understand Punjabi. 

Fondly known as the Nightingale of Punjab to her fans, she was called 'Punjab di bhain' by the famous film star Dharmendra and was deeply respected by one and all. No one called her bY name rather from everyone's lips one could hear her being' called bhain ji.

Famous songs

  • Sheher Lahore Ander
  • Wadhaiyan Bibi Tainu
  • Ladoo Khaa Ke Turdi Bani
  • Kall Na Javin Khet Nu
  • Mukh Morh Gye Dilan De Jaani
  • Aah Lai Maaye Sambh Kunjian
  • Paase Hatt Ja Jalma Punjaban Jatti Aayi
  • Chann Mata Gujri da
  • Do Bariyan Keemti Jindan
  • Mata Gujri Nu Devo Ni Wadayian


In every September in Sadiqpur village, a fair, Narinder Biba Yaadgari Sabhiacharak Mela, is organised by the Doaba Sabhiacharak club in her memory.[3]


  • Best Singer Award For the Movei Teri Meri Ik Zindri.
  • Nand Lal Noor Puri Award was the first prestigious honour won by her in 1972 which made her a renowned stage artist.
  • She was awarded the Professor Mohan Singh Yadgari Award on 20th October, 1989 in which she was offered a Gagarfull (brass pitcher) of silver coins.
  • She was honoured by the Government of Punjab too.

Other works

Narinder Biba was also appointed as the President of the Lal Chand Yamla Charitable Memorial Trust. Biba worked for social causes too and undertook the cause of marrying off needy girls. She had in fact adopted some poor children and arranged for their rehabilitation.


Narinder Biba died on 27th June due to heart failure.

See also

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