Hans Raj Hans

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Hans Raj Hans
Born (1964-04-09) April 9, 1964 (age 50)
Origin Shafipur, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Years active 1983–present
Website http://www.hansrajhans.org/

Hans Raj Hans is a Punjabi singer from Punjab, India and politician. He is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. He has been singing folk songs for many years but recently sang a number of Gurbani shabads and dharmic geets (religious songs).

Born into a Sikh peasant family at a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar he sings Punjabi folk and Sufi music, has also sung in movies and has also released his own 'Indipop' albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachche Dhaage.[1]

Hans Raj Hans sons Navraj Hans and Yuvraj Hans revealed on their Facebook pages the news/ rumour of their father converting to Islam in February 2014 is bogus, also humbly requested everyone to stop spreading such information [2] [3]

Early life[edit]

Hans was born in a village Shafipur very close to Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is the second son of Sardar Rashpal Singh and Mata Sirjan Kaur. Hans had no musical history in his family, yet he began singing at a young age. He started his career by performing at youth festivals and first became known by winning musical competitions.

Hans Raj Hans was born with singing talent. Though he was influenced by a street singer named Sitara Singh, who used to come near his house every day and sing Punjabi devotional songs. He would listen to him every day. Hans was a devotee of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenage years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a Sufi singer and it was because of him that Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style. His guru(teacher) gave him the surname 'Hans'(swan) due to his fair impressive look and his sweet singing voice like a 'Hans'.

Career[edit]

Musical career[edit]

In his young age Hans Raj Hans learned from renowned music director Charanjit Ahuja. Then he started singing Punjabi folk, devotional and Sufi music[4] He also sang in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He worked with renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in the movie Kachche Dhaage[5]

He was awarded an honorary music professor at Washington DC University and San Jose State University.[6]

During Hans's student days at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar he won the top University singing award in Punjabi folk singing for three years in a row. Hans was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by Punjab Government. Recently, Hans received the fourth highest civilian award of India Padma Shri Award for arts.

His popularity started touching the sky when he sang 'Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey'. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Mr. Jasvir Cheema 'Mera Dil, Mera Dil...' was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ....'ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa....' first time in Punjabi folk songs' history. His first album was 'jogian de kanna vich kach diyan mundra'. Hans worked very hard to prove himself and raised himself to this level of a deserving singer. Nothing could divert his focus from singing even during tough times. He never gave up. There was no stopping for Hans after this and every single album was hit. He is a Sufi singer of his times and has lived to his title by introducing his album 'Tera Ishq'.

Political career[edit]

On 16 May 2009, he unsuccessfully competed for a Lok Sabha seat in the Jalandhar, Punjab constituency in Indian Punjab on a Shiromani Akali Dal ticket.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2014 Jaadu (Kamlee Records/Speed Records)
  • 2011 Ek Ishaara (T-Series)
  • 2008 Yaara O Yaara (MovieBox/Planet Recordz/Speed Records)
  • 2007 Wanjara (T-Series)
  • 2003 Tera Ishq (Music Today)
  • 2002 Haaye Sohniye (T-Series)
  • 2002 Ghama Di Raat
  • 2001 Sab Ton Sohni (T-Series)
  • 2001 Jhanjar
  • 2000 Chorni (T-Series)
  • 1997 Lal Garara
  • 1994 Mohabbat
  • 1993 Ishqe Di Barsaat
  • 1992 Jhanjaria
  • 1992 Aar Tutdi Naa Paar Tutdi
  • 1991 Thah Karke
  • 1990 Tera Mera Pyar
  • 1990 Ashiqan Di Kahdi Zindagi
  • 1990 Waris Punjab De (Music Bank)
  • 1987 Ek Kuri Mainu Rajheon Fakir Kar Gai
  • 1989 Balle Ni Rahe Rahe
  • 1987 Ek Dang Hor Mar Ja
  • 1983 Jogian De Kanna Vich ( HMV )

Bollywood[edit]

  • 2011 Mausam – Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi (T-Series) – Pritam
  • 2011 Patiala House – Tumba Tumba (T-Series) – Shankar Ehsaan Loy
  • 2008 Black & White – Haq Allah – Sukhwinder Singh
  • 2002 Bend It Like Beckham – Punjabiyaan Di Shaan – Bally Saggoo
  • 2002 Shaheed 23rd March 1931 – Watanparaston Ki – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 2001 Nayak – Saiyaan (T-Series) – A R Rahman
  • 2001 Jodi No 1 – Akkh Lad Gayee – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 2001 Monsoon Wedding – Aaja Nachle – Bally Saggoo
  • 2000 Bichhoo – Dil Tote Tote – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 1999 Kachche Dhaage – Khaali Dil Nahin Jaan Bhi Hai – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Religious[edit]

  • 2011 Amrit Varga Paani (With Sardool Sikander) World Music
  • 2009 Koi Aan Milavai (featuring Sant Anoop Singh (Una Sahib Wale) & Bhai Maninder Singh (Sri Nagar Wale))
  • 2008 300 Saala Hazoor Sahib (T-Series)
  • 2006 Bole So Nihaal (Duo Collaboration with Sardool Sikander)
  • 2006 Sikhi Diyan Shaana
  • 2004 Nikey Nikey Do Khalse (T-Series)
  • 2003 Wadda Mera Govind
  • 2000 Amritdhara
  • 1997 Mera Bajaan Wala Maahi
  • 1991 Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi (T-Series)

Filmography[edit]

Jaadu[edit]

This album will be releasing in June 2014.

Music: DJ Sanj

Lyrics: Satwinder Birdi, Veet Baljit, Pirti Silon & Hans Raj Hans

Tracks: 11

Featuring: Deep Cold & Roach Killa

Label: Kamlee Records & Speed Records

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