Daler Mehndi Curated

Punjabi Singer

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  • You’ve established yourself as a versatile singer, but which genre is your favourite?

    Though I enjoy sufi songs, bhangra-pop fascinates me the most. I love to see people enjoying and dancing. It’s also a great exercise and freshens up your mind.

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  • Do you have any plans to act in a movie?

    I really want to act, but that’ll happen only if I’m offered good money. I don’t want to invest my money and watch the films in the theatre alone.

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  • You’ve been known for your unique vocal texture for over two decades. How do you take care of your voice?

    I’ve always been careful about my voice and look after it with a lot of commitment. I’ve never consumed alcohol or succumbed to any addiction. Most singers drink alcohol and eventually lose their vocal texture. I believe the kind of food you eat also affects your voice. Since I belong to the Patiala gharana, humein jitna gaana sikhaate hain, utna hi khaana bhi sikhaate hain (an equal amount of importance given to singing and eating). My diet includes lassi and ghee-laden paranthas. I never diet.

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  • We’ve heard that you have a good chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan also?

    Bachchan saab is very fond of me and we share a great bond. I really admire him. It was because of him that I got to sing ‘Na na na re’ (Mrityudata; 1997). He had called me and said that he wanted to work with me. I had already composed the track with the punch line and Samir (lyricist) penned the lyrics later. Bachchan saab wanted this song to materialise at any cost.

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  • Your brother Mika is doing well as a playback singer. What kind of bond do you share with him?

    Mika is 10 years younger, so he is like my son. I am very pleased to hear him sing every other song in Bollywood today. He was bright in music since childhood. When he was 11, he used to play the guitar with me for seven-eight hours at a stretch. He has done about 500 live shows with me and that’s the reason why he doesn’t require any further training from me.

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  • Why don’t we get to hear you often in Bollywood?

    Singers are paid badly in Bollywood. Big producers pay even worse. I charge a minimum amount of R5 lakh for a song and sometimes, when the producers plead, I accept R2 lakh. But I am not sitting in a market like other singers. I am not craving for work. I can’t plead to sing. Also, I want young singers to get work. Besides, like many others, I can’t go to a film awards event, and lip sync to a song.

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  • Usha Uthup said that you are the most fashionable musician she knows. Your thoughts?

    I am honoured to receive this love. She herself is an icon and has created a singular image of hers that has never been replicated. She is one of her kind. For her to say this is a huge compliment for me.

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  • Any contemporary international artistes with whom you would like to collaborate?

    Shakira and Madonna.

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  • You are one of the musicians who paved the way for independent music in India.

    True that, and now look at the army I raised! The scene is buzzing right now. There’s immense talent out there. There are also many collaborations of mine that are coming up.

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  • How would you describe your songwriting process?

    Enthralling, fulfilling, most gratifying and blissful. That’s how I feel about the process. However, my process is simple. Sometimes it’s the music that comes first, and then I write the lyrics and some other times it’s the opposite. Sometimes they also come together as a package! Since I have my studio at home, it’s very convenient, and sometimes when I am travelling I record the thought, tune or words that come to my mind and then work upon them when in the studio. Certain songs such as Kudiyan Shehr Diyan and Namoh Namoh were developed while I was performing on stage.

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  • How do you look back on your musical journey?

    It’s incredible. I feel like it has just started. I have so much to give. Life is short and I want to deliver more and more. I am blessed to be where I am today, and want everyone to love and support me with the same faith as they are doing now.

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  • How do you make your music stand out and most importantly worth being remembered?

    I am extremely honest, truthful and passionate with my craft. I trust in the divine wholeheartedly and that works magic in the hearts of those who listen, and the song remains fresh forever. I am truly blessed to have my songs remembered.

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  • Tell us about your experience of shooting the video of song World Cup Hamara Hai?

    It was so much fun. It was shot mostly in Chandigarh, and it features rapper Viruss, and many ardent cricket fans. The song has a brilliant concept, lyrics by Ullumanati, and amazing music. I am a cricket fan too, so this made me more energetic while I was shooting this song.

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  • What would you like to say to the readers and fans of Simply Bhangra?

    Keep up the good work promoting Music SimplyBhangra, God bless my fans, respect your parents, stay away from drugs and toxics, do good things in your life make your life beautiful and make it so great that when others see you they become inspired.

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  • You have fought against the ban of the turban at the FIBA; do you feel your profile helped create awareness?

    Yes we Sikhs have fought a lot, we have gone on wars with our turbans, and therefore we Sikhs will not let anyone ban the Turban so quick.

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  • You are known for your signature look with the bejewelled turban, who influenced this idea?

    This style is chosen by me.

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  • Your music is very family orientated, would you agree that 'family' is your target audience and how important is creating clean music for you?

    For me it is also about what others are seeing. I always bear in mind my audience and I think of children, I want to be a positive role model. I want them to take a good message from me I don't want to sing songs about alcohol and then the children start drinking. If I give good happy vibes then people will react that way too. I don't want to be the cause of others doing bad things because of my music. I want everyone to see, appreciate and love the music. I also wear a Pugh and because of this I feel I should spread positivity amongst people.

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  • You are known for your extrovert, highly energetic performances. Tell us about your first-ever stage performance?

    I was 13 years old when I did my first stage performance it was in front of 20,000 people and this was in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. In regards to my energy it comes from within, because I have so much passion for music it is an art and I like to express myself on stage.

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  • Your song Tunak Tunak Tun has been appreciated and enjoyed worldwide even so many Youtuber's have impersonated the video and it has been featured on the video game giant Blizzard Entertainments. Why do you think the song has been such a global hit?

    It is a global hit, it is even played at Zumba classes it is popular amongst the non-Indians. The reason for it being such a hit is because it is meaningful there is fun and laughter, the video is clean there is not that usual boy-girl story. It is targeted to a mass audience no matter what age. It is just me performing with the 5 elements in the video it is a hit because there is a huge message. The song is for God, even today the song gets hits every hour and no song is near the hits that it has received.

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  • So I've heard that you have created your own genre 'Rabbabi' which is a combination of Thumri, Sufi and Rock.

    Rabbabi has been going on for centuries, it is sung with feelings and emotions. You don't sing 'Rabbabi' for people you sing it for god

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  • You grew up listening to Gurmat sangeet, Thumri, Khayal, Ghazal. Why is thumri so close to your heart?

    Thumri is very tough to sing and is of course very close to my heart. I'm from a musical family, going back to seven generations of us are singers. I have learnt singing from my mum Balveer Kaur and father Ajmer Singh Chandan as well as from my late Ustad Rahat Ali.

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  • Who does Daler Mehndi listen to?

    I listen to Chote and Bade Ghulam Ali Saab, Nusrat Fateh Ali; I am a very big fan of them. I like listening to Sukhwinder Singh his Chaiya song was incredible, Sonu Nigam and Mika also not forgetting my son Gurdeep Mehndi. As well as my son in law Navraj Hans who is the son of Hans Raj Hans I enjoy listening to them both too.

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  • Do you pay attention to the UK Bhangra music scene?

    I love listening to the old UK Bhangra such as Bhabiye Ni Bhabiye by Chaani, Alaap, Heera, Malkit Paji, Safri Boys, I feel very happy when I listen to their songs and their style of music. I also like Sukhshinder Shinda.

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  • How do you feel about having fans globally?

    I am very grateful to Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji that he has given me his blessings and that so many people have love for me.

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