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Kid Songs and Rhymes of
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We're lucky to have recordings of 3 of the Telugu rhymes and 4 of the Tamil songs from India. Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam have been recently added to our collection too. Enjoy! - Lisa

English

Cobbler, Cobbler (Nursery Rhyme)  Midi  
I Hear Thunder (Nursery Rhyme)  
Inky Pinky Ponky (Counting-out Rhyme)  

Hindi

English

Akar bakar bombay bo (Counting-out Rhyme)  
Counting Song (Nursery Rhyme)
Fish is the Queen of Water (Nursery Rhyme)  
Johnny Johnny. Yes, Papa. (Nursery Rhyme)
Kokla Chapaki (Circle Game)  
Little Miss Muffet (Nursery Rhyme)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Nursery Rhyme) Midi
Potato Says (Nursery Rhyme)  
Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Lullaby)  
There Was a Thirsty Crow (Nursery Rhyme)
Tick Tick Tick (Nursery Rhyme)

Malayalam

English

Marathi

English

Rain, Rain, Come Here (Nursery Rhyme)  

Tamil

English

Rock Baby Rock (Lullaby) MP3
Short, Short Duck (Nursery Rhyme)

Telugu

English

In a Pretty Lake (Riddle) MP3
Come Sweet Moon (Lullaby) MP3

Urdu

English

 
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of India:
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  • We received this Urdu rhyme without a translation… Abulal babulal Babu ka topi lal 11 kantae kachha kurma Pakka chor. Submitted by Nasrin I’m not sure if it’s one or two rhymes If anyone can help with an English translation, and/or let us know how many rhymes it is, please comment below. Thanks! Mama Lisa Read more »

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