Asa Singh Mastana

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Asa Singh Mastana
Born (1927-08-22)22 August 1927
Punjab
Died 23 May 1999(1999-05-23) (aged 71)
Occupation(s) Singer
Associated acts Surinder Kaur

Asa Singh Mastana (Punjabi: ਆਸਾ ਸਿੰਘ ਮਸਤਾਨਾ)(Surname- 'Blaggan') (1926–1999) was a Punjabi musician and singer, best known for lending his voice to the hit Bollywood film Heer, and singing jugni and Heer-genre of folk songs, which recount the tales of Heer Ranjha by poet Waris Shah.[1] He become popular in the 1940s, by mid-1960s, when state-run All India Radio started promoting folk musicians, this made him, along with Surinder Kaur and Kuldeep Manak singers of cult status.[2][3]

His well-known songs, among others "Balle Ni Panjaab Diye Sher Bachiye", "Doli Charhdeyan Marian Heer Cheekaan" and "Kali Teri Gut", have served as templates for later Punjabi musicians[4] His great work also expands to singing sad songs like "Jadon Meri Arthi Utha Ke Chalan Ge" to famous song "Main Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana" dramatized on Dharmendra.[1] He was mostly paired with Surinder Kaur or Prakash Kaur for singing many old folk songs of Punjab.[5]

In 1985, he was awarded the Padma Shri, by Government of India.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • Best of Asa Singh Mastana and Surinder Kaur
  • Heer
  • Mastana Masti Wich
  • "Mutiare Jana Door Pya" (1970) [7]
  • Sarke Sarke Jandiye Mutiare Ni

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