This should come as an inspiration for a large number of GenX youngsters from the Punjabi community, who are often found avoiding the use of their mother tongue. Anita Lerche, a Danish singer, launched has her first Punjabi music album here in Jalandhar.
Lerche, who has already sung in 14 languages, recently released her latest music album Heer, a famous character from the famous Punjabi folk tale, Heer Ranjha.
The album contains nine songs, a mix of Punjabi folk, pop and an English number.
"I came to know that Lerche had not sung any Punjabi songs that are today world famous. I spoke to my friends and they agreed to the idea of Lerche singing Punjabi songs. With lot of hard work, today we got success," said Satvinder Singh, the producer of the album.
But Lerche says she had to work hard to get the correct dictum and pronunciation.
"It took a lot of time to adjust my ear. I worked very hard in the beginning with Anurag Sood, and he taught me all about the basics of Punjabi, and we had to write down... because you have got another alphabet as well, so another complicated thing," said Lerche.
"I had to write the songs' words in Roman letters and get the translation of each word. Because I needed to know the history behind the song, the meaning of the song, each word to put the right emotion into the song. So, it was actually the biggest task in my life so far," Lerche added.
It was during her maiden visit to Himachal Pradesh in 2005 for trekking that Lerche fell in love with Indian culture after listening to the local music. Later, she made up her mind to sing in Punjabi, which is not only spoken widely in Punjab, but also in other parts of North India and abroad.
Lerche is credited with many music albums in Chinese, Spanish, Maltese, Austrian, Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Faeroese and Danish.