John wrote asking for help with a lullaby:
My father was born in India, Granny’s family lived in India, between the early 1800’s and 1947. There is an Indian Children’s Lullaby, Ninnie Buba Ninnie, sung to my father and many generations of children. I am seeking the words and translation of the original, sweet children’s version of this lullaby. It is probably is Hindi.
Dealing with the shortened, commonly recognized version, the words and translation are as follows;
Ninnie baba Ninnie
Sleep baby sleep,
Mackhan roti cheene,
Butter, bread and sugar,
Makan roti hoa gia,
Soja Baba Soja,
Sleep Baby Sleep,
Mera baba so ja,
Ninnie Nina baba so gaya, gaya
Little baby has gone to sleep.
It is the missing translations, and any other verses that I am seeking.
I look forward to your help with the above.
John & Chrissy Wellborne
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
I found this similar version below on The Tribune and elsewhere. It seems to be a popular version…
Nini baba nini
Muckan roti chini
Muckan roti hogiah
Chota baba so giah
If anyone can help with John’s version and/or translating the other version, please let us know in the comments below. We’re always please to post recordings too.
Thanks in advance!
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