Asa Di Vaar

Asa Di Vaar is a “Song of Hope” and is usually sung every morning by Sikhs. It describes the brave deeds of a hero and is generally sung to inspire armies going to battle or to inspire people with martial spirit.

The Asa Di Vaar is normally sung in the melody of Asa. It consists of 24 stanzas (Pauri) and 44 staves (Shalok) and was originated by Guru Nanak Dev, but Guru Angad Dev added another 15 staves of his own. Musicians normally sing Asa Di Vaar along with the quatrains (Chhant) of Guru Ram Das. The stanzas express the ideas in general, while the staves clarify them by example and detail. Social and religious issues are then related to ordinary life.

 

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