Hard Kaur

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Hard Kaur
Hard kaur sony music album launch.jpg
Background information
Born (1979-07-29) 29 July 1979 (age 35)
Origin Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh,[1] India
Genres Rap, hip hop, Bollywood music
Occupation(s) singer, playback singer
Years active 1995–present
Labels Sony Music
Associated acts D12, Hiphop Tamizha, Country Chicken
Website www.hardkaurworld.com

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.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Hard Kaur was born Taran Kaur Dhillon in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house.[1] When she was young, she lost her father and her mother's beauty parlour was burnt a few days after her father's death.[10] Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep her brother with them.[1] 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.[1] After developing interest in hip-hop she started her music career as a rapper.[11][12][13][14]

Career[edit]

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.

Hard Kaur with a Birmingham City Councillor, 2013.

Kaur performed at Live Earth India, 2008.

Her first solo album Supawoman was released in 2007.[15][16]

In 2008 Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards: "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act".[17] She won "Best Female Act".[18]

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.[19] The most successful song of the album was Mujhe peeney do.[20]

In May 2013 whilst Hard Kaur was performing when she was alleged to hurt Sikh sentiments by being derogatory.[21]

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.At the time of elections, she composed a song "Karle Tu Voting" to spread awareness about voting.Recently, Hard Kaur composes a song for FIFA World Cup named "Goal Mar Goal Mar". The song aptly describes fan frenzy and is sung in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali & South language too. Also, she herself has written the lyrics of the song.

Discography[edit]

TV[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Song Role Language Notes
2007 Johnny Gaddar Move Your Body Herself Hindi Special Appearance in Song
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Follow Me & Main Tera Dhadkan Teri Hindi
2011 Patiala House Laung Da Lashkara & Rola Pe Gaya Komal Chatwal Hindi
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati) Singer Hindi
2013 Hanni (2013 Movie)' Herself Punjabi Sung: Teriyan Adavaan
2013 Vanakkam Chennai' Herself Tamil
2014 Babloo Happy Hai Babloo Happy Hai Singer Hindi

Television acts[edit]

Year TV show Language Notes
2010 Comedy Circus Ke Taansen[22] Hindi Special Appearance with Krushna and Sudesh

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rajiv Vijayakar (July 18, 2008). "Kaur competency". Screen (magazine). 
  2. ^ "An interview with rapper Hard Kaur". MiD DAY. 2009-03-01. 
  3. ^ Abuzar Tabassum (3 October 2013). "Hard work pays". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "I don’t want typical ‘ladki’ roles: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. TNN. 5 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Adila Matra (11 October 2012). "It's P.L.A.Y. time for Hard Kaur as the artists releases her second album". DailyMail. 
  6. ^ Samarth Goyal (26 September 2013). "I’m the first female hip-hop artist: Hard Kaur". Hindustan Times. 
  7. ^ Jaspreet Nijher (26 May 2013). "I did not abuse anyone: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. 
  8. ^ Shaheen Parkar (25 September 2013). "Hard Kaur in a verbal tussle at a Bandra nightspot". Mid Day. 
  9. ^ "Hard Kaur turns composer, keen to work with new talent". NDTV. IANS. 27 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Harsh Truth About Hard Kaur". Thefilmstreetjournal.com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2011-09-22. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Reality shows a tough act: Rapper Hard Kaur". The Hindu. May 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ "NRIs are preferred in India: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. March 27, 2009. 
  13. ^ Sassy singer Hard Kaur eyes Bollywood By ApunKaChoice, 24 Jan 2008.
  14. ^ "It’s a wrap". The Hindu. August 30, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Rapper Hard Kaur eyeing acting career in Bollywood". Financial Express. Mar 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ BBC Review: "Britain's premier female Asian rapper finally releases her debut album..." BBC, 2008-01-17.
  17. ^ "UK Asian Music Awards nominees announced — The Asian News". menmedia.co.uk. January 18, 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  18. ^ Nazhat (March 8, 2008). "The UK Asian Music Awards 2008". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Hard Kaur recalls struggle to get known in Britain". NDTV Movies/Indo-Asian News Service. 31 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ http://www.yespunjab.com/sikh/issues/item/22651-hard-kaur-hurts-sikh-sentiments-turns-abusive-at-chandigarh-show
  22. ^ [1]

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