Monday, April 13, 2009

Lyrics of Popular Apatani Song-2

Ngunu Lemba Ngiimi Oho Biiko

Ngunu lemba ngiimi oho biiko

ano aya ne ano kapyo ne

Yolyan liipa ho kibo piniin hii

paro-liigo ho ropo khoniin hii

aro konchi ho piita adu niin

alyin kamo ho hime kheniin

piilo hutho ho nyimun yapa ka

gangun beniin hii elu beniin hii

ano tapyo ne ano tapyo ne

Lapang-babo, siigang-siilyi,

dibii-rungo hii gantii-yaso

ali-paho, sadi-sapa hii,

lutii-giira hii sulu-narung

senyi apu hii pudu apu hii

piita apu hii takung apu hii

sembo apu hii bagang rinyo hii

ano kapyo ne, ano kapyo ne

Myoko kazi, murung chanta

dree taku mi lema apin

halyin tasin entii apin mi

diiran sankha mi bachin arhi

sembo armin mi jojuru mi

chido henmun do, chido henmun do

Ngunu lemba ngiimi oho biiko

ano aya ne ano kapyo ne

Siilo kuko da ngo

leyu-siigya mi, si-sukung mi,

ude dokor mi nesu dokor mi

bije hagya mi moreh dalihn mi

anu-barmii mi ate-ata mi

ahi-nyatu mi diinii-barnii

biiniin-nyanii mi baro-manyan mi

kachin keku ma, kachin keku ma

Ngunu lemba ngiimi oho biiko

ano aya ne ano kapyo ne

Singer: Hage Tade

Lyricist: Tage Diibo

Note: This post is a transcript of a recorded song: any inadvertent error is regretted. Also the lyrics of this song is being transcripted from recorded song for the purpose of language study and the owner of this blog is not the copyright owner of this lyrics.


This song is an ode to an Apatani village. The poet depicts every facets of village life and its surroundings.


  1. Compound words:

Some common compound words are used in this song with good effect- let’s try to work out their meaning. (Some of them which I am not sure are being left without meaning)

· Yolyan liipa :- midnight

· paro-liigo :- time when rooster crow

· aro konchi :- early morning

· piilo hutho :- moonlit night

· nyimun-yapa :- young people

· Lapang-babo :- general term for traditional symbols of


· siigang-siilyi :- ?

· dibii-rungo :- ?

· gantii-yaso :- ?

· ali-paho :- ?

· sadi-sapa :- forest (in general)

· lutii-giira :- grazing ground of mithuns or cows

· sulu-narung :- fences (in general)

· leyu-siigya :- ?

· si-sukung :- ‘si’ a place of spring water where mithun drink water; ‘sukung’ well of potable water. Thus, ‘si-sukung’ means source of drinking water

· moreh dalihn :- narrow strip of land across forest area where owner of the forest lay their traps to catch birds or animals

· anu-barmii :- younger sibblings or younger lots in a community

· ate-ata :- elders

· ahi-nyatu :- ?

· diinii-barnii :- all the wives of an extended family or a clan are known to be 'diinii-barnii'

· biiniin-nyanii :- ‘biiniin’ traditional friend; ‘nyanii’ maternal uncle side of grandparents

· baro-manyan :- friends from other community inheritedfrom parents or grand parents; friends from other community

  1. Try to find English name for following flowers:

senyi apu, pudu apu, piita apu, takung apu, sembo apu and bagang rinyo

  1. Try to find English name for following fruits:

diiran sankha, bachin arhi, sembo arhi and jojuru


Kanno said...

The lyrics is by Tage Diibo

GT said...

@ Kanno

PB said...

Isn't lutii-giira (or luthii-giira) a patch of land used as grazing ground for mithuns ?

GT said...

pb you are right, 'lutii-giira' stands for grazing ground of mithun, cow etc.

Tutho said...

ahi nyatu - aari aapii - neighbourhood. ali paho - aali aaho - seedling. Leyu siigang-irrigation canal near village. Dibii rungo - barricade or boundary made be digging soil. This are as per my knowledge or as being taught by elder.

T said...

@ tutho
thanks for information

Millo Tago said...

Nearest meaning may be:
#siigang-siilyi :- streams and rivulets
#dibii-rungo :- nearby forest mainly bamboo grove, sansung,
#gantii-yaso :- vast jungle
#ali-paho :- may be ali-aho yet to be confirm
#sadi-sapa :- plantation forest (in general)
#Lutii-giira = grazing ground is right, as in Apatani it is said, 'sii lutii dingko, siibing giira paako'.
#leyu-siigya :- Entry and exit road/path like nenkr-leyu, tabyu-leyu, kiira-leyu, diki-putu etc
#ahi-nyatu :- Lovers' point [ahing = heart, nyatu = resting/relaxing point,


Millo Tago said...

#senyi apu = flower of Rhododendron
#takung apu = flower of Prunus
I shall try to find out the others. Right now I don't remember.

GT said...

hi Tago Sir
thnx for information