Karnail Gill

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Karnail Gill
Birth name Karnail Singh Gill
ਕਰਨੈਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿੱਲ
Born (1942-02-13)February 13, 1942
Gurusar Chak no. 259, Layallpur district, British Punjab
Origin Ludhiana
Died June 24, 2012(2012-06-24) (aged 70)
Jamalpur Awana, Ludhiana district, East Punjab
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Harmonium
Years active 1964–2012

Karnail Gill (Punjabi: ਕਰਨੈਲ ਗਿੱਲ) was a Punjabi folk singer of Punjab.[1][2][3][4] He is best known for his duets with Bibi Harneet, Narinder Biba, Gulshan Komal, Kuldeep Kaur, Parminder Sandhu, Ranjit Kaur, Sukhwant Sukhi, Surinder Kaur, Swaran Lata and many more.[1][3]

Suffering from spinal cancer, he died on June 24, 2012,[1] survived by his wife Sukhjinder Kaur, son Gurtej Singh and two daughters Kanwardeep Kaur and Kirandeep Kaur.[1][2] He was cremated at his village of Jamalpur in Ludhiana district.

Early life and career[edit]

Gill was born on February 13, 1942[2] in a Sikh family, to father S. Mehar Singh and mother Gurdial Kaur,[1] in the Gurusar (Chak no. 259) village of Layallpur district (renamed Faisalabad District) in British Punjab.[3][4] After partition of Punjab, his village was gone in West Punjab (Pakistani Punjab) and his family migrated to Indian Punjab and settled at Jamalpur Awana village that now falls under the Ludhiana district. Later, along with singer Didar Sandhu, he worked in Punjab Police Relations for one and half-year.[1][2] He married Sukhjinder Kaur in 1970; the couple had one son and two daughters.[1]

Karnail Singh learned music from noted Punjabi singer Harcharan Grewal, Shaukin Jatt, Master Beer Chand and Jaswant Bhanwra[2][3] and recorded his first song, "laddooan ne toon patt 'ti, teri tor patte patwari", written by Hardev Dilgir (also known as Dev Tharike Wala).[3]

Noted compositions/songs[edit]

  • lambrhan da munda boli hor bolda
  • satth vich laggi ae kachehri
  • teean wangu langhe ne din mittra