Daler Mehndi

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Daler Mehndi
Daler Mehndi on Stage.jpg
Daler Mehndi in live performance at Madrid, Spain
Background information
Birth name Daler Singh
Born (1967-08-18) 18 August 1967 (age 50)
Patna, Bihar, India
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1995–present
  • D Records
Associated acts Mika Singh, Hans Raj Hans
Website www.dalermehndi.com

Daler Singh, known by his stage name, "Daler Mehndi" (born 18 August 1967) is an Indian recording artist, musician, songwriter, author, record producer, performer and environmentalist. He is credited with making Bhangra popular worldwide, and setting up a parallel non-film music industry to the pre-Daler era’s then existent Bollywood music. He is best known for his energetic dance songs, his distinctive voice,[1] turban and long flowing robes.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Patna, Bihar on 18 August 1967.[2] In 1991, he formed his own group. A.J Jaspal of IPCA gave Daler a professional set up and promoted him. In 1994, Jaspal sent Daler to compete at the annual Voice of Asia International Ethnic and Pop Music Contest at Azia Dynasys in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He represented India and was judged second amongst other two hundred contestants.[3]

Music career[edit]

Song recording for the 2012 Bollywood film Chaalis Chauraasi.

Magnasound signed Daler Mehndi for a three-album contract for three years. Bolo Ta Ra Ra, Mehndi's debut album, sold over 20 million copies.[4] The album established Daler as a pop star,[5] which also won him the Channel V's Best Indian Male Pop Artist Award. A year later, his second album under Magnasound, Dardi Rab Rab, was launched. This album surpassed the sales of Bolo Ta Ra Ra. He was nominated in three categories at Channel V Music awards and won the Channel V Best Indian Male Artist Award.[6] In 1997 he released his third album Balle Balle. This album got him Channel V Awards in six categories.[7] Mehndi composed the popular track "Na Na Na Re" for the Bollywood film Mrityudata where he featured on the big screen with Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2000, Mehndi released his album Ek Dana with music label TIPS Music. The album had a mix of genres ranging from Folk, Rock and Pop.[8] One of the more popular songs of the album Sajan Mere Satrangiya featured the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra in the video.[9] This video was released in the year that Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title. Subsequently, Daler signed up with Universal Music in 2001 and released a new track "Kala Kauwa Kaat Khayega". In 2003 Daler forayed into playback singing for films. He started with the song "Ru-Ba-Ru" for the film Maqbool. The same year Daler and A.R Rahman came together to give another track "Nach Le" for Lakeer – Forbidden Lines. He fused Rock with Bhangra with his next album titled Mojaan Laen Do and in 2004 he self-produced Shaa Ra Ra.[10]

In March 2014, Deadmau5 stated on Twitter that he was eager to have Mehndi perform on his forthcoming show in India at the Sunburn Festival. And the outcome of bonding over social media and on the Coffee Run was a remix of Mehndi's 1998 hit "Tunak Tunak Tun" performed by the duo.[11][12]

On Navratri 2014, Mehndi composed and recorded his rendition of the 'Hanuman Chalisa' overnight while working at his studio in Delhi.[13] Daler Mehndi, feeling inspired during the festival of Navratri, composed and record his rendition of the 'Hanuman Chalisa' in the DM Folk Studio.[14]

In September,2014, Mehndi released his new song Aaja Mere Twitter Te to encourage users to visit his Twitter account and Facebook page.[15]

On 6 November 2014, Mehndi released his album Best of Gurbani on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.[16]


In 1998, Mehndi was signed by Coca-Cola for product endorsement and was featured in 30 concerts across India.[17] He has performed worldwide including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, UAE, South Africa, East Africa, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, West Indies, Belgium, and the Netherlands.[18]

On 29 September 2013, Daler performed at the YouFest festival in Spain.[19][20] He has had an advent with Canadian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist Deadmau5 in a Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, Daler featured on his tour in India and together they produced an EDM remixed version of "Tunak Tunak Tun".[21]

In August 2014, Daler Mehndi was invited as the guest of honour along with U.S Congressman Pete Sessions for the closing bell ceremony at NASDAQ Stock Exchange at New York, after which he performed at the National Indian American Public Policy Institute Azadi Diwas (NIAPPI) celebrations on the occasion of the 65th Independence Day.[22]

Daler Mehndi delivered his first ever performance in Kuwait on 5 September. Welcomed by a packed audience at the Al Daiya Indoor Stadium, he broke his own record for the longest live performance without a break by performing for four and a half hours non-stop.[23]

The concert organised by the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) has been named 'Bolo Ta Ra Ra Ra' in honour of Daler Mehndi's globally popular track by the same name.[24][25][26]

On the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti Daler Mehndi was invited to Ulhas Nagar to perform at the world's largest Prabhat Pheri.[27]

In November 2014 the singer visited Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh for a performance.[28]

In November 2014 Daler Mehndi was invited to Nigeria for a performance to celebrate Diwali. This was the second time the musician has performed in the country.[29]

Vocal style and instruments[edit]

Daler Mehndi is credited for creating a genre called "Rabbabi", which is a combination of Thumri, Sufi and rock and creating an instrument called "Swar Mandir" which is an instrument that combines influences from the Rabab, Swarmandal and Tanpura. The instrument was crafted by Sanjay Rikhi Ram from Delhi and was launched on 10 February 2012 by the Indian classical music maestro, Bharat Ratna awarded Pandit Ravi Shankar.[30]

Business ventures[edit]

Daler Mehndi launched his maiden Record Label 'DRecords' in the year 2000.[31] The record label has several artists under its banner including Hussain Baksh and Safri Boys.[32]

Foreign pop culture[edit]

Daler Mehndi's "Tunak Tunak Tun" has found popularity on the internet as a viral video. The video game company Blizzard Entertainment incorporated the Tunak Tunak Tun dance as a character animation in their multiplayer role playing game World of Warcraft.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Daler Mehndi is married to Taranpreet Kaur.[34] He has four children – Gurdeep Mehndi, Ajit Kaur Mehndi, Prabhjot Kaur Mehndi and Rabaab Kaur Mehndi. His daughter Ajit Kaur Mehndi is married to Navraj Hans, son of Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans.[35] Gurdeep Mehndi got engaged to his fellow actress from Delhi 1984, Jessica Singh in 2014.


In 1998 Mehndi launched the "Daler Mehndi Green Drive", inducted in the Special Task Force of the Delhi Government.[36] The drive has planted over 1.2 million saplings in and around Delhi.[37]

He has performed for charity for Imran Khan's Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust in Pakistan and helped raise $5 million.[38]

Mehndi supports charitable causes such as cancer, thalassemia and AIDS, and has helped to bring up the homeless children of Kenya as well as famine-stricken families in Kalahandi in Orissa, India.[39] He financially supported the families of Kargil martyrs by donating to the Indian government's Kargil Victims' Relief Fund.

Mehndi was one of the first celebrities to go and visit the soldiers at Kargil.[40] Mehndi has constructed earthquake resistant houses for the Gujarat earthquake victims; he donated money and performed to raise money for Gujarat cyclone and quake victims, and for police welfare funds. He has donated rupees 10 million in Vadodra for the victims of the cyclone in the government aid fund. He has taken upon himself the reconstruction of a block devastated in the Gujarat quake in Doodhiya village.[41]

Mehndi has set up a Daler Mehndi Food for Life Society in Chander Vihar, Delhi, where a 24-hour kitchen provides food to the destitute and the underprivileged. Mehndi has constructed a Gurudwara Dukh Bhanjani Sahib where every morning people from all castes and religions join together and offer service in the name of god. Mehndi is the only known Indian artist to be invited by the President of Pakistan as a state guest. He gifted his album Bismillah to the President Zardari of Pakistan and the funds generated from its sale were given to the President's charitable fund.[42]

Mehndi voiced his protest against International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) controversial ruling on the use of turbans while playing. The singer made a video to raise awareness about the issue and to have the policy changed.[43][44][45]

In 2013, Mehndi was appointed as the brand ambassador of NIAPPI Business Council by Shalabh Kumar.



  • "No1 Bhapa Bhape da rabb rakha"
  • Bolo Ta Ra Ra – Pop music album, 1995
  • Dardi Rab Rab – Pop music album, 1996
  • Ho Jayegi Balle Balle – Pop music album, 1997
  • The Best of Daler Mehndi – Pop music album, 1998
  • Tunak Tunak Tun – Pop music album, 1998
  • Ek Dana – Pop music album, 2000
  • Lehriya – music album, 2001
  • Nabi Buba Nabi – Pop music album, 2001
  • Nach Ni Shaam Kaure – Pop music album, 2002
  • Mojaan Laen Do – Pop music album, 2003
  • Shaa Ra Ra Ra – Pop music album, 2004
  • Destiny – Pop music album, 2005
  • Raula Pai Gaya – Pop music album, 2007
  • Eh Lai 100 Rupaiya, Pop music album, 2008
  • Shamla Meri Koko, Pop music album, 2008
  • Jugni, Pop music album, 2008
  • Tunak Tunak Tumba, Pop music album, 2011
  • Bhalo Bhalo re Kirtaniya, Gurbani music album, 2011
  • Japji Sahib The Libreation Chant, Gurbani music album, 2011
  • 300 Saal Guru De Naal, Gurbani music album, 2012
  • Sai Da Malang, Hindi Devotional music album, 2012
  • Maula Sai, Hindi Devotional music album, 2012
  • Bismillah, Sufi music album, 2012
  • Rajan Ke Raja, Gurbani music album, 2012
  • Sardaar, Pop music album, 2013
  • Allah Hu, Sufi music album, 2013
  • Dukh Banjni Sahib, Gurbani music album, 2013
  • The Ultimate Truth Mool Mantra, Gurbani music album, 2013
  • Ik Ardaas Bhaat Kirat KI, Gurbani music album, 2013
  • Ik Fakir Vadda Mastana, Gurbani music album, 2013
  • Mere Raam Mere Raam, Gurbani music album, 2013
  • India India, Patriot music album, 2013
  • Cricket Nahi Yeh Tamasha Hai, Patriot music album, 2013
  • Bhaag The Success Anthem, Patriot music album, 2013
  • Namoh Namoh, Hindi Devotional music album, 2013
  • Aaja Mere Twitter Te, Pop music album, 2014
  • Sona Roop Hai Peeli Peeli Sarson, Pop music album, 2014
  • Stop The Flight, Pop music album, 2014
  • Asi Tan Jithe, The Lohri Song Pop music album, 2014
  • Dilruba, Pop music album, 2014
  • Baani Dasam Granth, Gurbani music album, 2014
  • Best of Gurbani, Gurbani music album, 2014
  • Radha Raman Hari Bol, Hindi Devotional music album, 2014
  • Bhaag Khilad Bhaag, Patriot music album, 2014
  • Party Punjabi, Pop music album, 2015
  • Sabhae Jee Samal, Gurbani music album, 2015
  • Safai Ki Dhun, Pop music album, 2015
  • Salla Vella Funda, Pop music album, 2015
  • Sohniye, Pop music album, 2015
  • Sabhae Jee Samal, Gurbani music album, 2015
  • Maa Padmavati, Hindi Devotional music album, 2015
  • Om Mani Padme Hum, Hindi Devotional music album, 2015
  • Khalsa, Punjabi Devotional music album, 2015
  • Baba Nanak Mere Naal Naal, Punjabi Devotional music album, 2015
  • Hori Khelungi Baba Bullehshah, Sufi music album, 2016
  • Salok Mahalla 9 Jo Sukh Ko Chaahai Sadaa, Gurbani music album, 2016
  • 350 Saal Sache Patshah Naal, Gurbani music album, 2016
  • Japji Sahib-with Church Organ, Gurbani music album, 2016
  • Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (soundtrack) 'Track #1' 2017


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