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MARDANA, BHAI (1459-1534), Guru Nanak`s longtime Muslim companion throughout his extensive journeys across the country and abroad, was born the son of a Mirasi (a caste of hereditary minstrels and genealogists) couple, Badra and Lakkho, of Talvandi Rai Bhoe, now Nankana Sahib, in Shcikhupura district of Pakistan. Guru Nanak and Mardana grew up in the same village. The Miharbdn Janam Sdkhi describes the latter, who was ten years senior in age, as the Guru`s companion since his childhood days and as one who sang to him songs from Kabir, Trilochan, Ravidas, Dhanna and Bern. According to Ratan Singh Bhangu, Prdchin Panth Prakdsh, Guru Nanak as a small boy gave Mardana a string instrument improvised from reeds to play on while he sang the hymns.

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