The industry is currently littered with Punjabi singers; from the good to the bad and even the plain disastrous but rewind back to the 1980s and one singer emerged out of nowhere to become a beacon of the great Punjabi folk music.
That man was Punjabi Singer Gurdas Maan. His song Dil Da Mamla Hai gained immense popularity and made him a recognizable figure in the music industry.
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Many would be surprised to know that Gurdas Maan, a Punjabi singer had started his career not as a singer but as an employee of Punjab State Electricity Board. His folks laid strong emphasis on education and moved to Patiala for his further studies. There Gurdas grew a strong fascination with sports and he joined the N.I.S to get a Masters degree in Physical Education and a black belt in Judo. He took part in a number of athletic events and also won a bronze medal at the nation’s Championship.
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The accidental singer
Gurdas Maan shaab’s love for music was restricted to being a hobby and the phenomenal singer was plagued with self-doubt until he started to participate in music competitions held at his college. He had no interest in singing professionally until he realized the power and sway he held over the audience with his power-packed voice. Soon after getting his degree he started working but simultaneously kept on composing music and doing stage shows. One such stage show caught the attention of a producer and he approached Gurdas for a T.V recording of his song. His powerful vocals electrified those who heard it and HMV found their next big star in him. This was the beginning of the journey for the ultimate performer Gurdas Mann.
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A cappella artist
Indian singer Gurdas Maan has given countless hits in a span of 37 years; he has recorded over 27 albums and 200 songs. One thing that has stayed consistent apart from his talent and passion for music all through the years is his inclination towards performing solo. When Gurdas had started his career, solo singers were not preferred and there was no market for them. Despite the strong resistance, Gurdas was confident that he would make it as a cappella artist. This has continued until now and despite being a globetrotting musician he has never strayed from his habit of performing solo. His powerful and melodious voice has been sufficient enough to entice and enthrall audiences without any added effects. In a world littered with auto-tunes and mediocre singer, one voice hails strong and magnanimous among all just on the power of its vocals.
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String of Awards
His talent and hard work have brought him ample amount of fame, money, and recognition. He has been bestowed with a lot of awards such as the 54th National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for which he also made history being the only Punjabi singer to ever win this prestigious award. The award was given for his marvelous narrative of Heer in Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris purely through his singing. It also earned him an honorable place among Punjabi singers. The Jury’s Award which he received in 2005 was presented to him by the President of India. His fame is not just limited to India but in the West as well, he won Best International Album at the UK Asian Music Awards for Boot Polishan in the year 2009.
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A versatile talent
The Punjabi singer is multilingual and can speak in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Haryanvi, and Rajasthani. Singing is not the only art that he has excelled at. He has tried his hands at acting and done a variety of roles; some of which was quite appreciated. His best role was that of poet Waris Shah in the movie Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris. His other notable performance was Shaheed-E-Mohabbat based on the real life story of Boota Singh. Waris Shah was not just a phenomenal success in the country but even made it to the Oscars. He has also acted in Punjabi, Hindi and Tamil movies. Even Bollywood didn’t remain untouched by his talent and he made a brief appearance in the super hit Yash Raj movie Veer-Zara which had Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta in the lead roles. Punjabi Singer and actor Gurdas Maan has definitely proved that he is indeed a gifted artist that can delight his audience in more than one way.
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Little known facts
Behind the larger than life persona is an interesting man whose interests are varied and whose life is filled with many other aspects. The 60-year-old singer is married to Manjeet Maan with whom he has a son, Gurickk G Maan. His son who studied at Eton College taught the sport of Kabaddi to none other than Prince William. The singer has an honorary degree in music from the University of Wolverhampton. He and his wife have a film production house that goes by the name of Sai Productions. His mother Tej Kaur is a recurring mention in his work as he was deeply attached to her.
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