Babbu Maan

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Babbu Maan
Babbu Maan Vancouver 2010.jpg
Maan performing live, Vancouver 2010
Background information
Birth name Tejinder Singh Maan
Also known as Khantwala Maan
Born (1975-03-29) 29 March 1975 (age 39)
Khant Maanpur, India
Genres Folk, Bhangra, Pop, Ghazals
Occupations Singer, Lyricist, Music Director, Actor, Producer, Writer
Years active 1998–present
Labels Catrack, T-Series, Point Zero, Eros International, Swag Music
Associated acts Sukhwinder Singh, Jaspinder Narula, Monty Sharma, Jaidev Kumar, Harjit Harman, Bhagwant Maan, Gurdas Maan
Website babbumaanonline.com

Babbu Maan is a Punjabi singer-songwriter, actor and film producer, working and living in Mohali. He is the youngest of three children and was raised in the village Khant Maanpur[1] in the Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab, India. Maan's main target audience is the Punjabi-speaking population in India and around the world. Since 1999, he has released eight studio albums and six compilation albums; has written screenplays for, acted in and produced Punjabi films; and has contributed significantly to regional and Bollywood film soundtracks. Maan is the ambassador for One Hope, One Chance,[2] a non-profit organisation based out of Punjab.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Well known for his distinctive lyrics, live poetry and electric performances, Babbu Maan recorded his first album Sajjan Rumaal De Geya[3] in 1998. Unhappy with the finished product, he went back to the drawing board and re-released most of the songs in his subsequent albums. Despite being a newcomer, Maan's first official debut album Tu Meri Miss India[4][5] released in 1999 and fared well in India and abroad.

In 2001, Babbu Maan released his third album Saaun Di Jhadi,[6][7] featuring several popular songs such as Chan Chanani, Raat Guzarlayi, Dil Ta Pagal Hai, Ishq, Kabza and Touch Wood, and in 2003, he wrote and sang for his first film soundtrack Hawayein where he worked alongside reputed Indian playback singers Sukhwinder Singh and Jaspinder Narula. Maan released his fourth album Ohi Chann Ohi Rataan in 2004, followed by Pyaas in 2005, a best-selling Punjabi album of the time.[8] In 2007, Maan released his first Hindi album entitled Mera Gham, and in 2009, his first religious album Singh Better Than King.[9] A song from the latter, Baba Nanak, a reaction to fake saints and preachers in Punjab, caused various debates about the growing phenomenon in the state.[10] On 4 July 2013, Maan released Talaash: In Search Of Soul, his first Punjabi commercial album after eight years.[11][12] The album entered at the top of the iTunes World Albums charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, and became his first album to enter the Billboard 200 charts.[13]

Throughout his career, Maan has released a number of singles from various compilation albums with Sardar,Uchiyan Imartan, Singh and Chamkila being the most notable to date.

In addition to Hawayein, Babbu Maan has lent his voice for Punjabi films Waagah and Dil Tainu Karda Ae Pyar as well as for Bollywood productions Vaada Raha, Crook and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster. He also co-wrote the song Layi Ve Na Gaye with Pappu Dhillon for the Yash Raj Chopra film Chalte Chalte.

Babbu Maan has performed in sell-out shows across Asia, Australasia,[14] Europe,[15][16] North America and the Middle East. He has been nominated for the 2014 World Music Awards in four categories: Best Male Artist, Best Album, Best Entertainer, and Best Live Act.[17]

Films[edit]

Babbu Maan debuted in a supporting role with Hawayein,[18] a film based on the 1984 Sikh genocide in 2003. Although banned in India, the film was an overseas success. In 2006, Maan starred in his first Punjabi film as the main lead in Rabb Ne Banaiyan Jodiean. Dissatisfied with certain scenes and the fate of the film, Maan returned to form in 2008 with Hashar (A Love Story).[19][20][21] He has since written, produced and acted in his own home-grown films Ekam,[22][23][24] Hero Hitler in Love[25][26][27] and Desi Romeos.[28] Babbu Maan owns Maan Films Pvt. Ltd,[29] and in 2010, constructed a film set called Ishqpura in his native village.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album Record Label Music Director Lyrics
1998 Sajjan Rumal De Geya Catrack Babbu Maan Babbu Maan
1999 Tu Meri Miss India Catrack Surinder Bachan Babbu Maan
2001 Saun Di Jhadi T-Series Jaidev Kumar Babbu Maan
2004. Ohi Chann Ohi Rataan T-Series Babbu Maan Babbu Maan
2005 Pyass: In Search of Destiny T-Series Babbu Maan Babbu Maan
2007 Mera Gham Point Zero Babbu Maan Babbu Maan
2009 Singh Better Than King Point Zero Babbu Maan Babbu Maan
2013 Talaash: In Search Of Soul Swag Music Babbu Maan Babbu Maan

Singles[edit]

Year Album Song Music Record label
2008 Aao Saare Nachiye Sardar Babbu Maan Point Zero
2009 Aao Saare Nachiye 2 Uchiyan Imartan Babbu Maan Point Zero
2009 Aao Saare Nachiye 2 Aashquan Di Line Babbu Maan Point Zero
2011 Aao Saare Nachiye 4 Sari Duniya Babbu Maan Point Zero
2012 Talaash: In Search of Soul Mil Gayi Pind De Morh Te Babbu Maan Swag Music
2012 Ahh Chakk 2013 Singh Babbu Maan Swag Music
2014 Aah Chak 2014 Maa Boli Babbu Maan Swag Music
2014 Aah Chak 2014 Chamkila Jatt Band (Babbu Maan) Swag Music
2014 N/A Canada Canada Babbu Maan Swag Music
2014 N/A 21st Century Saadh Babbu Maan Swag Music
2014 N/A America America Babbu Maan Swag Music

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Actor Producer Singer Music Director Lyricist Writer Notes
2003 Khel – No Ordinary Game Yes Yes Bollywood
2003 Hawayein Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Debut Hindi/Punjabi film
2003 Chalte Chalte Yes Bollywood
2006 Rabb Ne Banaiyan Jodiean Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi
2007 Wagah Yes Yes Punjabi
2008 Hashar : A Love Story Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi
2009 Vaada Raha Yes Yes Yes Bollywood
2010 Ekam – Son of Soil Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi
2010 Crook Yes Yes Bollywood
2011 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Yes Yes Bollywood
2011 Hero Hitler in Love Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi
2012 Desi Romeos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi
2012 Dil Tainu Karda Hai Pyar Yes Yes Punjabi
2014 Baaz : The Eagle Yes Yes Yes Yes Punjabi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Babbu Mann injured while shooting". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  2. ^ "I Believe I've Matured". Hindustan Times. 
  3. ^ "Babbu Mann injured while shooting". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  4. ^ "Babbu's maiden album released". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  5. ^ "Babbu Maan back with Saun Di Jhadi". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  6. ^ "Babbu Maan back with Saun Di Jhadi". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  7. ^ "Babbu Mann case adjourned". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  8. ^ "Babbu Maan presents Talaash". The Times of India. 
  9. ^ "Babbu Maan presents Talaash". The Times of India. 
  10. ^ ""No one can compel us to write or write off our songs" Babbu Mann & Bhagwant Mann". Chandigarh News. 
  11. ^ "Babbu Maan presents Talaash". The Times of India. 
  12. ^ "I believe I've matured". Hindustan Times. 
  13. ^ "Artist Index". www.billboard.com. 
  14. ^ "Babbu Maan on Australia-New Zealand Tour in September". www.justpanjabi.com. 
  15. ^ "Babbu Mann questions Lala Lajpat Rai’s martyrdom". Zee News. 
  16. ^ "Babbu's Lajpat song strums anger". The Times of India. 
  17. ^ "World Music Awards". www.worldmusicawards.com. 
  18. ^ "Babbu Mann injured while shooting". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  19. ^ "Babbu Maan's Hashar". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  20. ^ "Bollywood Previews". BBC Shropshire. 
  21. ^ "Reel Crusade". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  22. ^ ""No one can compel us to write or write off our songs" Babbu Mann & Bhagwant Mann". Chandigarh News. 
  23. ^ "Reel Crusade". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  24. ^ "Babbu Mann's movie premiered". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  25. ^ "Babbu Mann injured while shooting". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  26. ^ "'Studies will never take backseat'". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 
  27. ^ "Babbu Maan on Australia-New Zealand Tour in September". www.justpanjabi.com. 
  28. ^ "'Desi Romeos' musical bonanza". The Times of India. 
  29. ^ "Babbu Mann injured while shooting". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 

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