Harbans Jandu

Harbans Singh Jandu, also known as Jandu Littranwala,[1] is an Indian music composer associated with Punjabi music.

Life and careerEdit

Jandu was born in the village of Littran in Jalandhar District, Punjab.[citation needed]

He first started writing lyrics for Punjabi songs in 1968. He placed first (out of 52 composers) in the Des Pardes paper songwriting competition, with the song "Nachdi di Photo Kich Mundeya", in 1968.

He has written songs for many famous Bhangra and Punjabi artists, including AS Kang, Kuldip Manak, Surinder Shinda, Balwinder Safri, Jazzy B, Sukhshinder Shinda, H-Dhami, Amrinder Gill, Azaad, Alaap, Heera Group UK, Holle Holle, Apna Sangeet, Awaaz, Bhujhangy Group, DCS, Dippa Satrang, Gurcharran Mall, Yudhvir Manak, Sardara Gill, KS Bhamrah, Aman Hayer, Boota Pardesi, Gurdeep Gogi, The Saathies, Karnail Cheema, Silinder Pardesi, Gurdev Kaur, Mastan Heera, ADH, Atma Geet, Mahendra Kapoor, Baldev Mastana, Parmjit Pammi, Kamaljit Neeru, Hrinder Singh Shergill and many others.

Hit songsEdit

Some of his hit songs include:

  • "Giddhian Di Raniye" by AS Kang [2][3][4]
  • Chan Mere Makhna by Balwinder Safri
  • "Vang" and Taubah Taubah[5] by ADH
  • "Sardara" by Jazzy B
  • "Jithevi Jaan" Punjabi by Azaad
  • "Soorma" by Jazzy B
  • "Jadu" by Jazzy B
  • "I Love You" by Jazzy B
  • "Rajj Ke Palaa" by Jas Singh/Aman Hayer
  • "Mohabat Hogai" by Azaad
  • "Jatti Bul Bul Wargi" by Parmjit Pammi
  • "Lishke Long Te Jhanjar" by The Saathies
  • "Ha La La"[6] – Ajuba (featured on the Bhaji on the Beach film soundtrack
  • Sadke Java - H Dhami[7]

Religious songsEdit

Harbans Jandu has also written many religious songs. These include:

  • "Babe Nanak Di" by Jazzy B
  • "Ik Dhar Hai Babe Nanak Da by Balwant Littranwala
  • "Amar Khalsa" by Pardesi
  • "Mata Gujri" by Balwinder Safri
  • "Jakare Bholan Ge" by Jazzy B


Jandu Littranwala received an accolade from the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, on 20 January 2009 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, for his contribution in promoting the Punjabi language throughout the world through his song writing.

Jandu Littranwala was presented with the Guest of Honour award at the Lal Chand Yamla Jatt Mela on 26 December 2008.

  • Asian Pop Awards: four times Best Lyricist, from 1982
  • UK Asian Pop Awards: Best Lyricist, 1992
  • Nand Lal Nooorpuri Award, 2005
  • Tricentury Khalsa Award Southampton, 1999
  • Punjab Times and Des Pardes Best writer Award, 1996
  • Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar – honorary award for promoting Punjabi language and culture worldwide through his songs
  • BBC Radio WM, 2004
  • Best Songwriter award 2004, by Punjabi Cultural Society, Coventry
  • Youth Sports Award, Littran 2004/2007 for promoting Punjabi language and culture worldwide through his songs
  • Punjabi Kala Manch Kohinoor Award for Best Songwriter
  • Sandwell Council awarded him for promoting Punjabi language and culture worldwide through his songs
  • Wolverhampton City Council awarded him for promoting Wolverhampton worldwide through his songs, 2008
  • House Of Commons Cultural Award, 2006
  • House of Commons Award Vaiskahi, 2007
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Lyricist in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Songwriter in Jalandhar, India
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Lyricist by Lal Chand Yamla Jatt Trust in Birmingham, UK
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Lyricist by Dev Thrikewala Appreciation Trust in Derby, UK
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Lyricist by Leamington Mela Committee in Leamington, UK
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Best Songwriter by Punjabi Sath, Walsall, UK


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "punjabcentral.com". Music.punjabcentral.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  3. ^ Giddian Di Rani On YouTube
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Music - Review of ADH - Taubah Taubah". BBC. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Julie Mango (Feel Like A King) - Ajuba Group UK Punjabi Songs-Aint No Use In Crying,Dome,Dome Dub Raag.fm". Music.raag.fm. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  7. ^ [2] Archived December 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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