Assa Di Waar at 530..a Vilambit and a Dhrupad composition..Meanings..What a way to start a day!!

October 15, 2005

Today Morning I went for Asa Di War and I was in B L I S S. Most of the Assa Di Waar Chakey were sung in 8 matras and Gurjot Singh Jee played the Keherwa with a open left hand.. In addition, Amar Deep Singh Jee Sang 1 shabad in Vilambit(slow style) and 1 in Dhrupad !


I have taken a few videos that I would like to share with all of you.



The 1st one is of Gurjot Singh Jee playing the the Keherwa with an open left hand

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In the 2nd video he is playing the JhapTal while Amardeep Singh Jee was singing in Vilambit. From the facial expression you can tell the amount of concentration that is needed to play the tabla while playing to a Dhrupad composition.

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The purpose of this video is to show you how difficult it is to sing in Dhrupad. Look at the facial expression of Amardeep Singh Jee. Can you see the concentration! The Taal Gurjot is playing is Iktal.


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I have up loaded a shabad in which Dharam Singh Zakhmi Jee explains what the traditions of Dhrupad are and then sings Raag Malkuns in 12 matras and Har Iqbal Singh Jee( his son, and tabla player) plays the Chau Taal.

This was recorded in the 1960’s in Kula Lampur, Malaysia. My Prajee, Dr. Jasbir Singh “Scotland” was kind enough to give me this shabad so that I could share it with all of you.

Click to download the shabad.

After the Assa Di War we sat down and Amardeep Jee explained to us What exactly Assa Di War is.

Waar basically is a poetry. In the Shri Guru Granth Sahib we have various different kinds of Vaars ie. Basant Ki War, Gauri Ki War Assa Ki War etc. The most commonly sung Waar today is the Assa Ki Waar or Assa Di Waar.

The manner in which the Assa Di Waar is done is as follows:

Sing the chakka, read sloak and then sing the pauree.

The Chakkas are written in Raag Assa and are mentioned on other pages of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Jee.

Assa Di Waar has 24 Pauris. The sloks are many more and are to be read in it and they are to be read in Tunday Asraje Ke Dhuni. Today no one knows what this particular dhuni wad like as this knowledge was passed down by word of mouth and with time, it has been lost.

These sloaks were inserted by Guru Arjan Dev Jee. Some of the sloaks were already put in by Guru Nanak Dev Jee, the sloaks starting with Mehla 1. The other sloaks have been put by Guru Arjan Dev Jee.

Click to download entire Assa Di Waar ( scroll to the bottom of the page and download both Assa Di War 1 and 2) and to download Basant Ki Waar.


Amardeep Uncle please correct me where there is a need. If you want to add more details of any sort please go ahead and add them


Guru Ang Sang!


One Response to “Assa Di Waar at 530..a Vilambit and a Dhrupad composition..Meanings..What a way to start a day!!”

  1. sukhchain singh Says:

    Guru nank dev ji composed in the Raga Asa which is the Rage of the early morning and in the poetic form of war which is peculiar to Punjab and Rajasthan a war is an account of the heroic deeds of the brave Gurunanak , the first guru of sikhs.

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