Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Tribute to Kuldeep Manak- Kaliyan da Badshah


Punjabi music has lost one of the most legendary singer – Kuldeep Manak. This outstanding and powerful singer was and will always be a role model for Bhangra artists around the world. He has left a tremendous legacy of Punjabi folk and Bhangra music which inspires every singer to be like him as a singer and a person.

Kuldeep Manak was born 15 November 1949 in the village of Jalal in the Bathinda district. His father, Nikka Khan, was a singer himself. Manak had two brothers: Siddqui, a devotional singer, and Rafiq, a tantric, who was also briefly famous.

He was married to Sarabjeet and had two children, a son named Yudhvir Manak (married) and a daughter named Shakti (married). Yudhvir is following in his father's footsteps as an up-and-coming singer from Punjab.Manak was a heavy drinker since young age. He used to say that his habit of drinking came from the people whose company he shared.

We all lost him on November 30, 2011

Manak’s latest and final collaboration was with Jazzy B on his album Maharajas, Manak was a singer who had a voice that was instantly recognisable for its power and perfect key. He also said “Kuldeep Manak was a strong pillar of Punjabi music industry, and to me, a father figure. Whatever I am today is all because of him. His demise has left a void in our lives.” Other big names from the world of Punjabi music visited Kuldeep’s home yesterday including Surinder Chinda, Daljeet Dosanjh and Ranjeet Mani.

He brought us ever-green hits like GT Road Teh and albums by him include Sahiban Da Tarla, Panjeban Pake Nachdi, Ichhran Dhahan Mardi, Gidhe Vich Tu Nachdi, Yaraan Di Kulli, Dil Milyan De Mele and Jugni Yaaran Di. He recorded over 25 albums and countless songs.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, also addressed the sad news of the Punjabi folk singer’s death in a message of condolence describing Manak as “legendary” before adding that the star’s passing had left a huge void in the world of Punjabi music which would not be easily filled.

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