Amar Singh Shaunki

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Amar Singh Shaunki
Birth name Amar Singh
ਅਮਰ ਸਿੰਘ
Born (1916-08-15)15 August 1916[1]
Bhajjlan, (now Hoshiarpur district), British Punjab
Died 14 August 1981(1981-08-14) (aged 64)
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Singing, Dhadi singer
Instruments Dhadd and Sarangi
Labels HMV

Amar Singh Shaunki (15 August 1916 – 14 August 1981), also spelled as Amar Singh Shonki, was a Dhadi singer of Punjab, India.[1][2][3] People travelled miles to listen to him.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Shaunki was born as Amar Singh on 15 August 1916, in a Sikh family to father Sardar Moola Singh, in the village of Bhajjlan (now Hoshiarpur district) in British Punjab (British India).[1][2] He hailed from a farmer family and never went to school[4] but learned Punjabi (Gurmukhi) from the other educated persons.[1] He got married and have three sons, Sawraj Singh, Jaspal Singh and Pargat Singh.[4]


He was very much interested in folk music from his childhood and learned it from Sant Baba Maan Singh of Sialkot.[4] At first he sang under last name Mast but as started singing with Dhadd and Sarangi and made a team with Sarwan Singh and Mohan Singh Binda, he fixed Shaunki as his last name.[1] The main themes of his songs evokes the culture and folk of Punjab. He sang about every color of Punjabi folk. The main themes of his songs were the evergreen folk stories of Punjab like Heer Ranjha, Mirza Sahiban, Sassui Punnhun, Rani Sundran and Pooran Bhagat, heroes of Sikh history likes Hari Singh Nalwa, the Sikh masters and other freedom fighters.[1][2][4] He wrote songs on various topics including the four tragic love stories of Punjab, Sikh history like Saka Sirhind and Sikh heroes. Many Punjabi singers today, including Manmohan Waris and Kamal Heer sings songs written by him.[2]


A well known music company, HMV, recorded many of his records.[1] There are about 138 phonograph records to his credit.[4]


People of his village Bhajjlan organized a fair, Dhadi Amar Singh Shaunki Sabhyacharak Mela every year in his memory.[2] Punjabi singers from all around the world participates in the fair and pays tribute to the late Dhadi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "ਮਹਾਨ ਢਾਡੀ ਅਮਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸ਼ੌਂਕੀ". Biographical article in Punjabi. 8 Sep 2010. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dhadi Amar Singh Shonki". Retrieved 10 Mar 2012.
  3. ^ Aaja Bhabhi Jhoot Lai Peengh Hulaare Laindi (Amar Singh Shonki Dhadi Jatha) on YouTube
  4. ^ a b c d e "ABOUT DHADI SHONKI". 2 Feb 2010. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012.