Punjabi voice-over production made simple
As an established Punjabi voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Punjabi Voice-Over Service and Punjabi Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Punjabi voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Punjabi voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Punjabi voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Punjabi voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Punjabi audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Punjabi voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Punjabi language
Punjabi belongs to the Indo-Aryan group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It is one of the most widely spoken of the Indo-Aryan languages, and the only one that is tonal.
Most experts agree that all of the Indo-Aryan languages developed in three stages: Old Indo-Aryan, or Sanskrit; Middle Indo-Aryan (including the Prakrit and Apabhramsha phases); and Modern Indo-Aryan.
Punjabi evolved from Shauraseni Prakrit, the main language of medieval northern India, emerging as a distinct language around the 11th or 12th century. The first major Punjabi poet is generally considered to be Fariduddin Ganjshakar (born towards the end of the 12th century).
The development of the language has been heavily influenced by Urdu, Hindi, Persian and English. There is a significant degree of mutual intelligibility with Urdu and Hindi. Punjabi is the native language of the Punjabi people, who live in the historic Punjab region of Pakistan and India. Read more
Which countries have Punjabi as a national language?
Punjabi is one of India’s 22 scheduled languages, and the first official language in the Indian state of Punjab. It has no official status in Pakistan (where Urdu and English are official), despite the fact that Punjabis constitute the largest ethnic group (around 45% of the population).
How many people speak Punjabi as their first language?
It is estimated that approximately 130 million people speak Punjabi as their first language worldwide. Around 75 million of these live in Pakistan (where it is the most widely spoken language), and over 30 million live in India (where it is the 11th most widely spoken language).
There are large communities of Punjabi speakers in many other countries, particularly Canada (where it is the third most widely spoken language) and the UK (where it is the fourth most widely spoken language).
Did you know…
- In India, the major Punjabi dialects include Majhi, Doabi, Malwai and Powadhi. In Pakistan, dialects include Majhi, Pothohari, Hindko and Multani. Majhi is Punjabi’s prestige dialect, and is spoken in the historical region of Majha.
- Punjabi is one of the only languages in the world that is written in two mutually unintelligible scripts. In India, it is written using the Gurmukhi script, a member of the Indic family of scripts. This goes from left to right and its name derives from the Old Punjabi word guramukhi (“from the mouth of the Guru” – after the guru who standardised the script in the 16th century). In Pakistan, Punjabi is written using the Shahmukhi script, a version of the Urdu script. This goes from right to left and its name means “from the King’s mouth”.
- Punjabi’s influence continues to spread thanks to Bollywood, with most Bollywood films now including Punjabi vocabulary as well as songs sung in Punjabi, to appeal to audiences in neighbouring Pakistan.
The Pakistani economy
Pakistan’s economy is the 27th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, and 44th largest in terms of GDP. However, the country’s population is the sixth largest in the world, which means that the GDP per capita is low.
The economy has suffered from internal political disputes, low levels of foreign investment and high inflation. Two-fifths of the population is employed in agriculture. Industries include textiles, chemicals and food processing.