Surjit Bindrakhia

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Surjit Bindrakhia
Surjit Bindrakhia, performing a live show in Punjab.jpg
Background information
Birth nameSurjit Bains
Born(1962-04-15)15 April 1962
Bindrakh, Punjab
OriginBindrakh Pind (Rupnagar District) Punjab
Died17 November 2003 (Age 41)
GenresPunjabi Bhangra and Folk
Years active1982–2003

Surjit Bindrakhia (born Surjit Bains; 15 April 1962 – 17 November 2003) was a Punjabi Indian singer. He was known for his unique voice and hekh, in which he sings a note continuously in one breath. His biggest hits include Meri Nath Dig Paye, Dupatta Tera Satrang Da, Lakk Tunoo Tunoo, Bas Kar Bas Kar, Mukhda Dekh Ke, Tera Yaar Bolda, and Jatt Di Pasand. Surjit is considered to have one of the greatest voices in Bhangra. He received a special jury award at the 2004 Filmfare Awards for his contribution to Punjabi music.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Bindrakhia was born as Surjit Bains[2] to Sucha Singh and Gurcharan Kaur in the Bindrakh village of Rupnagar district, Punjab, India.[3] His father was a famous village wrestler, who brought the village to prominence.[4] Surjit was influenced by his father to take up wrestling and kabaddi. He won inter-college bouts at the university level. Although, his father always wanted Surjit to be a wrestler, he always wanted to be a singer. He began his singing career by singing boliyan for his college bhangra team.[4] He received formal training from his guru, Atul Sharma. Bindrakhia appeared in films, before he was a major figure in the music industry.[4] He was an extra in movies, appearing in the background of several scenes. It wasn't until lyricist Shamsher Sandhu recognised his talent that Surjit had an opportunity in the music industry. All of his hit songs were written by Shamsher Sandhu and music was produced by Atul Sharma.

He married Preet Kamal. The couple had two children, son Gitaz Bindrakhia, and daughter Minaz Bindrakhia.[3]

Professional life[edit]

Surjit Bindrakhia had arguably one of the most powerful voices among Bhangra singers during his time. Throaty, with a wide range of sounds, he was one of the most successful traditional artists doing the rounds of the bhangra scene during his time. Surjit had been known in Punjab for many years, his first break in the Punjabi music industry came in 1990 with the album Addi Utte Ghum, this included the track Jugni in which Bindrakhia performs his world record 32 second hekh.[5] Surjit Bindrakhia is credited as being the first international superstar in bhangra music. His song Dupatta Tera Sat Rang Da holds the record for being the number one Punjabi song on UK charts for weeks.[3]

Immensely popular in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Bindrakhia's voice was considered to be one of the most powerful voices among traditional singers like in Punjab. He had cut 32 solo audio cassettes during his decade-long career. Surjit's big break in the international market came in 1994 with Dupatta Tera Sat Rang Da, a track that can only be called game changing. Since then many singers have tried to replicate this success, however few have come close to Bindrakhia's height of success. Many remixes of his older songs had been created during the 1990s. This helped Bindrakhia to further blur the contrasts of modern Punjabi Bhangra and traditional folk. Bindrakhia was a traditional bhangra singer, and since most of his work had been produced in India, it may at first have appeared unpolished. Certainly the music is more "rustic" than that found on many bhangra bands from the UK, but that did not reduce its impact. There are more sustained dhol beats in Bindrakhia's work than you would find elsewhere and the style is traditional.

A note must be made of the high tone hekh Bindrakhia used, which sounded high in pitch and could last up to 42 seconds. You can find others trying such vocal pyrotechnics, however no one can pull it off similar to how Bindrakhia did. His singing style worked with the beat, so you would find him pausing along with the dhol and raising and shifting into different keys as the dhol does. All of this gave Bindrakhia the air of a child gone a little mad with his voice. Stated to be one of the most popular singers in Punjab, Surjit Bindrakhia was considered to be the vital link between traditional Punjabi folk music and modern Punjabi pop.[6]


It was reported by various news outlets that Surjit had been suffering from health issues throughout the later stages of his life, he had been hospitalised multiple times. Due to a sudden decline in health, Surjit Bindrakhia died from a cardiac arrest on the morning of 17 November 2003 at his home in Phase-7, Mohali.

Many singers and artists attended his bhog and funeral at Bindrakhia's native village Bindrakh. Some of the artists who turned up to pay their last respects to the legend included Hans Raj Hans, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Babbu Maan, his lyricist and a close friend Shamsher Singh Sandhu, his guru and music composer Atul Sharma, and the legendary Gurdas Maan.


Bindrakhia stormed the market with over 250 million hit sales of which 175 million came from India alone. He later combined with greats such as Surinder Shinda doing live sets.

The great Punjabi singer Babbu Maan paid respects to Bindrakhia's family and in his 2005 album Pyaas, pays tribute with a song dedicated to Bindrakhia titled as Pind Diyan Juhaan and

In 2011 DJ Harvey and Nirmal Sidhu made a tribute song to Surjit Bindrakhia called Bindrakhia Boliyan, it has been a huge success since its release being ranked at Number 1 on the BBC Asian Network Chart in the first week of release.

In 2018 DJ and Music Producer DJ Frenzy released a remix track of the hit song Mundri Nishani. This is part of a series of Bindrakhia tracks that are to be remixed by the DJ.The first track itself has been a huge success and has widely received by fans.


Release Album Record Label
1989 Munde Aakhde Pataka Finetone
1990 Addi Utte Ghum Catrack Entertainment
1990 Gal Das De Dil Di DMC Records
1991 Munda Ki Mangda T-Series
1992 Bas Kar Bas Kar T-Series
1993 Gabhru Gulab Warga T-Series
1993 Labh Kiton Bhabiye T-Series
1994 Dupatta Tera Sat Rang Da T-Series
1994 Mundri Nishani T-Series
1994 Phullan Wangoo Hasdiye Kudiye T-Series
1995 Laadla Deor T-Series
1995 Sohni Naar T-Series
1995 Dil Watte Dil Mangda T-Series
1996 Rumaal Bhul Gayee T-Series
1996 Tauba Tauba Sohneyan Da Husn Kamaal T-Series
1997 Tera Vikda Jai Kure Pani T-Series
1997 Jawani Aa Gayee Oye Tips
1998 Phul Kadha Phulkari T-Series
1998 Wang Wargi Kuri T-Series
1999 Mukhda Dekh Ke T-Series
2000 Lakk Tunoo Tunoo T-Series
2001 Dilaan Diyaan Choriyaan T-Series
2002 Billiaan Akhiaan T-Series
2003 Ishque Di Agg T-Series
2004 Galti Malti Maaf Kar Deo T-Series
2005 Pyar Kar Lai Music Waves

Posthumous albums[edit]

Release Album Record Label Notes
2004 Galti Malti Maaf Kar Deo T-Series Presentation: Gulshan Kumar
2005 Pyar Kar Lai Music Waves


Release Album Record Label
1992 Kamban Dil Gaddaran De T-Series
2001 Janam Dihara Khalse Da T-Series
2002 Singho Sewadar Bano T-Series


Release Film Song Record Label
1989 Anakh Jattan Dee Baniye Ne Jatt Finetone
1991 Jatt Jeona Mour Baba Banda Singh Finetone
1991 Badla Jatti Da Boliyan with Surinder Shinda Finetone
1994 Kachehri Dera Jatt Da with Dilshad Akhtar T-Series
1996 Zorawar Ve Kehre Tere Amb Torh Laye with Parmjit Sandhu Catrack
1996 Rab Dian Rakhan Khera Tera Nahion Chandna T-Series


  1. ^ "Etc claims win over Filmfare with Punjabi awards". 5 March 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Mooney, Nicola (2011). Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams: Identity and Modernity Among Jat Sikhs. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0802092571. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c Video on YouTube
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Bindrakhia/index.html
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