|Born||29 July 1979|
|Origin||Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Genres||Rap, hip hop, Bollywood music|
|Occupations||singer, playback singer|
|Associated acts||D12, Hiphop Tamizha, Country Chicken|
Taran Kaur Dhillon (born 29 July 1979), known by her stage name Hard Kaur, is a British Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in Bollywood. She is often credited to be the first female Indian rapper.
Hard Kaur was born Taran Kaur Dhillon in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house. When she was young, she lost her father and her mother's beauty parlour was burnt a few days after her father's death.[dead link] Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep her brother with them. Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Hoshiarpur to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.
In 1991 her mother remarried a British citizen and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon. Meanwhile Hard Kaur did her schooling. After developing interest in hip-hop she started her music career as a rapper.
She recorded the song "Ek Glassy" and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar's song "Paisa Phek (Move Your Body)." Since then she has sung in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli ("Talli"), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince.
Kaur performed at Live Earth India, 2008.
In October 2012, Hard Kaur released her second music album titled Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y. The album, produced in collaboration with Sony music, featured ten songs, all of which were written and composed by her. The most successful song of the album was Mujhe peeney do.
In May 2013 whilst Hard Kaur was performing when she was alleged to hurt Sikh sentiments by being derogatory.
In 2013 - she collaborated with composer Ram Sampath and Rajasthani folk singer Bhanvari Devi for Coke Studio India. In the song Katey or Kathe - Bhanvari Devi's part is a Rajasthani folk song which is dedicated to Lord Krishna (Saanwariyo) and Rap by Hard Kaur - written by herself in which she express her personal life journey.
- Supawoman (2002)
- Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
- Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y (2012)
- Coke Studio - Kattey
|2007||Johnny Gaddar||Herself||Hindi||Special Appearance in Song|
|2011||Patiala House||Komal Chatwal||Hindi|
|2013||Hanni (2013 Movie)'||Herself||Punjabi||Sung: Teriyan Adavaan|
|2010||Comedy Circus Ke Taansen||Hindi||Special Appearance with Krushna and Sudesh|
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- "An interview with rapper Hard Kaur". MiD DAY. 2009-03-01.
- Abuzar Tabassum (3 October 2013). "Hard work pays". The Hindu.
- "I don’t want typical ‘ladki’ roles: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. TNN. 5 October 2013.
- Adila Matra (11 October 2012). "It's P.L.A.Y. time for Hard Kaur as the artists releases her second album". DailyMail.
- Samarth Goyal (26 September 2013). "I’m the first female hip-hop artist: Hard Kaur". Hindustan Times.
- Jaspreet Nijher (26 May 2013). "I did not abuse anyone: Hard Kaur". The Times of India.
- Shaheen Parkar (25 September 2013). "Hard Kaur in a verbal tussle at a Bandra nightspot". Mid Day.
- "Hard Kaur turns composer, keen to work with new talent". NDTV. IANS. 27 June 2013.
- "Harsh Truth About Hard Kaur". Thefilmstreetjournal.com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- "Reality shows a tough act: Rapper Hard Kaur". The Hindu. May 29, 2009.
- "NRIs are preferred in India: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. March 27, 2009.
- Sassy singer Hard Kaur eyes Bollywood By ApunKaChoice, 24 Jan 2008.
- "It’s a wrap". The Hindu. August 30, 2008.
- "Rapper Hard Kaur eyeing acting career in Bollywood". Financial Express. Mar 10, 2010.
- BBC Review: "Britain's premier female Asian rapper finally releases her debut album..." BBC, 2008-01-17.
- "UK Asian Music Awards nominees announced — The Asian News". menmedia.co.uk. January 18, 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Nazhat (March 8, 2008). "The UK Asian Music Awards 2008". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- "Hard Kaur recalls struggle to get known in Britain". NDTV Movies/Indo-Asian News Service. 31 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Iti Shree, Misra (Oct 22, 2012). "Hard Kaur makes the alcohol anthem of India with her song Peeney Do". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
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