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Punjabi /pʌnˈdʒɑːbi/ (Gurmukhi:, Shahmukhi: پنجابی, Devanagari: पंजाबी) Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by inhabitants of the historical Punjab region (India and Pakistan). Punjabi is unusual among modern Indo-European languages because it is a tonal language

Punjabi is natively spoken by the majority of the population of Pakistan, and it is the primary language of the Sikhs in India and the third-most natively spoken language in South Asia, after Hindustani and Bengali. Punjabi is also currently the fourth most spoken language in the United Kingdom and the third most spoken language in Canada

The influence of Punjabi as a cultural language in the Indian Subcontinent is increasing day by day mainly due to Bollywood. Most Bollywood movies now have Punjabi vocabulary mixed in, along with a few songs fully sung in Punjabi. At any point in time, Punjabi songs in Bollywood movies now account for more than 50% of the top of the charts listings

he world Punjabi is derived from the word Punjab which means "five waters" in Persian "panj aab", Panj is also derived from Sanskrit "panch" meaning "five" and refers to five major eastern tributaries of the Indus River. The historical Punjab region, now divided between Pakistan and India, is defined physiographically by the Indus River and these five tributaries. One of the five, the Beas River, is a tributary of another, the Sutlej River.