Daler Mehndi

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Daler Mehndi
Daler Mehendi.jpg
Mehndi in 2012
Background information
Birth name Daler Singh
Born (1967-08-18) 18 August 1967 (age 46)
Takht Sri, Patna Sahib, Bihar, India[1]
Origin Patiala, Punjab, India
Genres Bhangra, Punjabi, Sufi, Telugu, Tamil, Bollywood, Bhangra Rock, Gurbani sufi
Occupations Singer, author, songwriter, producer, environmentalist
Years active 1995—present

Daler Mehndi (born 18 August 1967) in Patna Sahib (Bihar), is an Indian recording artist, musician, song writer, author, record producer, performer and environmentalist. He is credited with popularising bhangra beats and setting up a parallel, non-film music industry to the pre-Daler era that was existent in Bollywood music. The Indian pop icon known for his energetic dance songs, his distinctive power pitched voice (an aureate voice), bejewelled turban and long flowing robes has been cited as an influence by many musicians as the father of the Indian pop industry.

Music career[edit]

Mehndi was a student of traditional Punjabi music, and his first album broke sales records in India.[2] Since 1995, he has recorded several albums in India and been a playback singer for Hindi movies. His international popularity has grown in recent years, allowing him to tour the United States.[3] Mehndi is well known as a philanthropist, funding beautification projects in Delhi and aiding earthquake victims.

Politics[edit]

In August 2013, Mehndi joined the Indian National Congress.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Mehndi was charged in a human trafficking case and accused of smuggling people out of India by disguising them as his troupe members in exchange for money when his brother was arrested with two passports.[5] Mehndi lost endorsements and was forced to sell his property. He said that members of the media, politicians and his rivals conspired to create false allegations against him. He said, "The only saving grace was that I never went to jail even for a single day. There were people who used to tell me that they would provide me with a separate cell in the jail with modern amenities. I am sure I will be vindicated soon."[6] As of October 2011, the case was open in Indian courts.[7]

Mehndi has established the Daler Mehndi Green Drive to help make a cleaner environment in Delhi. He has donated 85 million rupees to the green drive, 12 million rupees to KARGIL charities, and built 16 houses in Gujarat after an earthquake there.[8] He did a concert series in Pakistan to raise funds for the quake victims.[9]

He has helped rehabilitate victims of the Orissa cyclone and street children in Kenya.[10]

Daler Mehndi is the brother of songwriter Mika Singh.

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]

  1. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Music/I-m-proud-to-be-from-Bihar-Daler-Mehndi/Article1-1033035.aspx
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason (2005). "daler mehndi". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Daler Mehndi joins Congress". Times of India (New Delhi). 27 August 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Daler Mehndi's brother to stay in jail, TNN, 8 October 2003
  5. ^ "'The only saving grace was that I never went to jail even for a single day'". The Telegraph. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Sharma, Parvesh (19 October 2011). "Daler Mehndi opposes plea to shift case to another court". Times of India. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Vedi, Puja (2005). "I WANT TO CONQUER UK, AMERICA & CANADA – DALER MEHNDI=". radiosargam.com. Retrieved 6 July 2006. 
  8. ^ "Daler Mehndi wants to organize charity music shows in Pak for quake-affectees". Pakistan Tribune. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2006. 
  9. ^ Puri,Amit (15 July 2002). "Green singer, evergreen songs". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 6 July 2006. 

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