Daler Mehndi

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Daler (Singh) Mehndi
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Daler Mehndi at Youfest 2013
Background information
Birth name Daler Singh
Born (1967-08-18) 18 August 1967 (age 46)
Takht Sri, Patna Sahib, Bihar, India
Origin Patiala, Punjab, India
Genres Bhangra, Punjabi, Sufi, Telugu, Tamil, Bollywood, Bhangra Rock, Gurbani sufi
Occupations Singer, author, songwriter, producer
Years active 1995—present
Notable instruments
Swar Mandir

Daler (Singh) Mehndi was born in Patna, Bihar on August 18, 1967. Bought up into a family of musicians who had been singing for seven generations, His early influences on music are his parents, who taught him various raga and Shabad’s from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. At age 11 inspired by the Patiala Gharana style of Indian Classical Music, he ran away from home in search of the Late Ustad Raahat Ali Khan Sahib of Gorakhpur for lessons [1].

Life & Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Daler Mehndi gave his first stage performance in front of an audience of 20,000 at the age of 13 in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. In 1991, he formed his own group comprising of his brothers, cousins and musician friends. A.J Jaspal of IPCA gave Daler a Professional set up and promoted him. In 1994, A J Jaspal sent Daler to compete at the annual Voice of Asia International Ethnic and Pop Music Contest at Azia Dynasys in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Daler Mehndi represented India and was judged second amongst other two hundred contestants [2].

Music career[edit]

Magnasound signed Daler Mehndi for a 3 Album Contract for 3 years. “Bolo Ta Ra Ra”, Mehndi’s debut album sold over 20 million copies. The album established Daler as a pop star [3], which also won him the Channel V’s Best Indian Male Pop Artist Award. A year later, his second album under Magnasound “Dardi Rab Rab” was launched. This album surpassed the sales of Bolo Ta Ra Ra. He was nominated in 3 different categories at Channel V Music awards and won the Channel V Best Indian Male Artist Award [4]. In 1997 he released his third album “Balle Balle”. This album got him Channel V Awards in 6 different categories [5]. Mehndi composed the popular track “Na Na Na Re” for the Bollywood film “Mrityudata” where he featured on the big screen with Amitabh Bachchan. In 2001, Daler signed up with Universal Music and released gave a new track “Kala Kauwa Kaat Khayega”. In 2003 Daler forayed into playback singing for Films. He started with the song Ru- Ba- Ru for the film “Maqbool”. The same year Daler and A.R Rahman came together to give another track “Nach Le” for Lakeer – Forbidden Lines. He fused Rock with Bhangra with his next album titled “Mojaan Laen Do” and in 2004 he self produced “Shaa Ra Ra” [6].

Tours[edit]

In 1998, Mehndi was signed by Coca Cola for product endorsement and was featured in 30 concerts across India [7]. He has performed in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, UAE, South Africa, East Africa, Oman, Bahrain, Malaysia, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, West Indies, Belgium, Holland to name a few [8]. On September 29th 2013, Daler performed at the YouFest festival in Spain [9] [10]. Recently he had an advent with Canadian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist Deadmau5, Daler featured on his tour in India and together they produced an EDM remixed version of Tunak Tunak Tun.[11]

Artistry & Business Ventures[edit]

Vocal Style & Instruments[edit]

Daler Mehndi is credited for creating a new genre called "Rabbabi", which is a combination of Thumri, Sufi and rock and creating a new instrument called “Swar Mandir” which is an instrument that combines Rabab, Swarmandal and Tanpura influences.the instrument was crafted by Master Sanjay Rikhi Ram from Delhi and was launched officially on 10th February 2012 by the legendary Indian classical music maestro, Bharat Ratna awarded Pandit Ravi Shankar [12].

Business Ventures[edit]

Daler Mehndi launched his maiden Record Label ‘DRecords’ in the year 2000.[13] The record label has several artists under its banner including Hussain Buksh, Safri Boys and more[14].

Foreign Pop Culture[edit]

Daler Mehndi has created alot of hype on the internet with his Tunak Tunak music video, many YouTube users have impersonated him and made their own version of Tunak Tunak. This was taken into consideration by the video game giant Blizzard Entertainment who went on incorporate the tunak tunak dance in their massive multiaplyer role playing game World of Warcraft [15].

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1998 Mehndi launched the “Daler Mehndi Green Drive”, the Green Drive was inducted in the Special Task Force of the Delhi Government [16]. The drive has planted over twelve hundred thousand saplings in and around Delhi and growing [17]. He has performed for charity for Imran Khan’s Shaukat Khannum Memorial Trust in Pakistan and helped raise $5 million [18]. Daler Mehndi also stood up for causes especially for terminal and life threatening diseases like Cancer, Thalassemia and AIDS that have inflected the poor and also helped to bring up the homeless children of Kenya as well as famine stricken families in kalahandi in Orissa, India.[19] Daler financially supported the families of Kargil martyrs by donating over 5 million to the Indian Government’s Kargil Victims’ Relief Fund. Profoundly patriotic, Mehndi is a true nationalist and was one of the first celebrities to go and visit the soldiers at Kargil. Mehndi frets over the state of the country, and has wanted the betterment of the nation wherever and whenever he could lend a hand [20]. Daler has constructed earthquake resistant houses for the Gujarat Earthquake Victims; he has not only donated several million, but also performed to raise money for Gujarat cyclone and quake victims, various Police Welfare Funds. He was in the news for donating rupees 10 million in Vadodra for the victims of the cyclone in the government aid fund. He has taken upon himself the reconstruction of a block devastated in the Gujarat quake in Doodhiya village complete with all the basic amenities.[21] Daler Mehndi has set up a Daler Mehndi food for life society in Chander Vihar, Delhi, where a 24-hour kitchen provides food to the destitute and the underprivileged. As a firm believer of god Mehndi has also constructed a Gurudwara Dukh Bhanjani Sahib where every morning people from all castes and religions join together and offer service in the name of god. Daler Mehndi is the only known Indian Artist to be invited by the President of Pakistan in the strenuous Indian & Pakistan History as a state guest. He gifted his Album ‘Bismillah’ to the President Zardari of Pakistan and the funds generated from its sale were given to the President’s charitable fund [22].

Filmography[edit]

  • Mrityudatta – Na Na Na Na Na Re, 1997
  • Arjun Pandit – Kudiyan Shehar Diyan, 1999
  • Khauff – Ankh Ladti Hai, 2000
  • Maqbool – Ru Ba Ru, 2003
  • Chupke Se – Kajrare Kajrare Naino Wale, 2003
  • Bullet Ek Dhmaka – Ishq Aasaan Hai, 2003
  • Lakeer – Nach Le, 2003
  • Wajah – Agar Zindagi Se, 2004
  • Ramji London Waley – Bhool Na Jaying, 2005
  • Rang De Basanti – Rang De Basanti, 2006
  • Shadi Se Pehle – Tuteya Ve Tuteya, 2006
  • Chodo Na Yaar – Talwar Re, 2007
  • Hanuman Returns – Aasma Ko Chukar, 2007
  • Goal – Halla Bol, 2007
  • Just Married – Doha, 2007
  • Kafila – Hum Raks, 2007
  • No Smoking – Kash Laga, 2007
  • Yamadonga – Rabbaru Gajulu Rabbaru Gajulu, 2007
  • Singh Is King – Bhootni Ke, 2008
  • Ghatothkach – Maya Bazaar, 2008
  • Sunday – Loot Liya, 2008
  • Victory – Balla Utha Chhakka Laga, 2008
  • Mr. White Mr.Black – Tu Makke Di Roti Meri, 2008
  • Money Hai To Honey Hai – Rangeeli Raat, 2008
  • Kuselan – Om Zaarare, 2008
  • Hello – karle Baby Dance Wance, 2008
  • Dhoom Dhadaka – Dhoom Dhadaka, 2008
  • Kissan – Mere Desh Ki Dharti, 2009
  • Ek Se Bure Do – Ishq Ke Zaat, 2009
  • Lahore – Musafir, 2010
  • Dhula Mil Gaya – Dulha Mil Gaya, 2010
  • Khatta Meetha – Aila Re Aila, 2010
  • Action Replay – Zor Ka Jhatka, 2010
  • Yamla Pagla Deewana – Chamki Jawani, 2011
  • Teen Thay Bhai – Teen Thay Bhai, 2011
  • Gandhi To Hitler – Hara Shwet Kesariya, 2011
  • Miley Na Miley Hum – Katto Gilheri, 2011
  • Rascal – Tik Tuk, 2011
  • Love Kiya Aur Lag Gayi – Love Kiya Aur Lag Gayi, 2011
  • I am Singh – 2 Songs: Dukalaang Praanasi and I Am Singh, 2011
  • Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi – Haryana Ka Sher, 2012
  • Srimannarayana – Chalaaki Choopultho, 2012
  • Joker – Sing Raja, 2012
  • Chalis Chaurasi – Badmast, 2012
  • Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum – Hum Toh Hain Cappucino, 2012
  • Sarsa – UNRELEASED, 2012
  • Magdheera – Chapana Chaptu, 2012
  • Baadshah – Banti Poola Janki, 2013
  • commando – Lena Dena, 2013
  • Sardaar – Ruk Ja Tham Ja, 2013
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Gurbani – Nanak Naam Jahaz, 2013
  • Besharam – Chal Hand Utha Ke Nach Le, 2013

Discography[edit]

  • Bolo Ta Ra Ra – music album, 1995
  • Dardi Rab Rab – music album, 1996
  • Ho Jayegi Balle Balle – music album, 1997
  • Tunak Tunak Tumba featuring Tunak Tunak Tun – music album, 1998
  • Ek Dana – music album, 2000
  • Nach Ni Shaam Kaure – music album, 2002
  • Mojaan Laen Do – music album, 2003
  • Shaa Ra Ra Ra – music album, 2004
  • Single "Nach le" for Hindi film Lakeer, 2004
  • Single "Rang De Basanti" for Hindi film Rang De Basanti, 2006
  • Raula Pai Gaya – music album, 2007
  • Aasman ko chukar dekha for Hindi film Hanuman Returns, 2007
  • Bismillah – religious music album 2008
  • Dhoom Punjabi – IPL Kings XI Punjab theme song, 2008
  • Eh Lai 100 Rupaiya, 2008
  • Bhootni ke for Hindi film Singh is Kinng, 2008
  • Mere Desh Ki Dharti for Hindi film Kissan, 2009
  • Dulha Mil Gaya for Hindi film Dulha Mil Gaya, 2010
  • Om Zaarare for Tamil film Kuselan, along with K.S.Chitra and Sadhana Sargam
  • Karle Baby Dance Wance for Hindi film Hello (2008) with Sunidhi Chauhan
  • Punch Out!!, played and edited music for Great Tiger's Exhibition Matches, 2009
  • Rubberu Gajulu for Telugu film Yamadonga, 2007
  • Jorsey for Telugu film Magadheera, 2009
  • Aila Re Aila for Hindi film Khatta Meetha with Akshay Kumar, 2010
  • Zor ka Jhatka for Action Replayy
  • Chamki Jawaani for Yamla Pagla Deewana, 2011
  • Single "Teen Thay Bhai" for Hindi film Teen Thay Bhai, 2011
  • I Am Singh for Hindi film I Am Singh, 2011
  • Dukalaang Praanasi for Hindi film I Am Singh, 2011
  • Haryana Ka Sher for Hindi film, 2012
  • Single 300 Saal Guru De Naal Music Album 300 Saal Guru De Naal, 2012
  • "Daler Mehndi Sai Da Malang "Pop" (2012)
  • "Daler Mehndi Maula Sai "Bhajan" (2012)
  • "Banthi Poola Janaki" for Telugu film "Baadshah"(2013)
  • "Gurbani" for Hindi Film "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" (2013)
  • "Chaupai Sahib Patshahi Dasvin "Gurbani" (2013)
  • "Daler Mehndi Soul To Supreme Sufi – Allah Hu "Sufi" (2013)
  • "The Ultimate Truth Mool Mantra Sung by Daler Mehndi "Gurbani" (2013)
  • "Daler Mehndi Namoh Namoh "Devotional" (2013)
  • "Bhaag (The Success Anthem) Daler Mehndi "Pop" (2013)
  • "Daler Mehndi Soul to Supreme Sufi – Mere Ram "Devotional" (2013)
  • "Daler Mehndi – Cricket Nahi Yeh Tamasha Hai "Pop" (2013)
  • "Baba Balak Nathji Chants By Daler Mehndi "Devotional" (2013)

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Coke celebrates 125 years with King of Bhangra Daler Mehndi". radioandmusic.com. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Daler Mehndi To Recreate Tunak Euphoria At YouFest". weeklyvoice.com/. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Deadmau5 to go Tunak Tunak Tun?". http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Strings of Change". indianexpress.com//. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Daler Mehndi Tunaks his way into World of Warcraft". asiancorrespondent.com/. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Daler Mehndi goes Green". timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Daler Mehndi goes Green". samachar.com. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bhangra diplomacy". hindu.com. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "The man with the diamond in his turban". news.bbc.co.uk. 27 October 2003. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Green singer, evergreen songs". tribuneindia.com. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "A bhangra blast from Daler". hindu.com. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Indi-pop king Daler Mehndi on Sureeli Baat". radioandmusic.com. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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