Tunak Tunak Tun

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"Tunak Tunak Tun"
Song by Daler Mehndi
from the album Tunak Tunak Tun
Released1998
GenreBhangra, Indi-pop
LabelMagnasound
Songwriter(s)Daler Mehndi
Music video
"Tunak Tunak Tun" on YouTube
Multiple images of Daler Mehndi performing the distinctive dance move.

"Tunak Tunak Tun" (Punjabi: ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣ) or simply "Tunak", is a Bhangra/Indi-pop song by Indian Punjabi artist Daler Mehndi, released in 1998. At the time, critics complained that Mehndi's music was only popular due to his videos that featured beautiful women dancing.[1][non-primary source needed] Mehndi's response was to create a video that featured only himself. The music video was the first made in India using greenscreen technology,[1] which allowed the singer to superimpose his image over various computer-generated backgrounds such as desert and mountain landscapes and St. Basil's Cathedral.

The song and video was a success in India. It later became an international Internet meme.[2][3]

Video clip[edit]

The video follows a simple plot about four men, all played by Mehndi, who all represent the four classical elements and dress in lavish Indian clothing; the earth Mehndi wears pink/maroon, the fire Mehndi wears orange, the wind Mehndi wears brown, and the water Mehndi wears green. The men start off as comets made of water, dirt, air, and fire and transform into clothed human men and each of the men takes turns singing, dancing, and pointing at each other like they are discussing something. The men are later revealed to have been planning to fuse with one another and become one man, and they do so by first reverting into their comet state and then merge to form Daler Mehndi who is predominantly wearing yellow and green. The video ends at this point.

The music video has received over 100 million views on YouTube, as of October 2018.[4]

Foreign popular culture[edit]

"Tunak Tunak Tun" has found overseas 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.[5] This dance is also included as an easter egg in the video game Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tunak Tunak Tun". dalermehndi.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  2. ^ Rizwan, Sahil (December 5, 2016). "How Daler Mehndi's "Tunak Tunak Tun" Became A Global Viral Phenomenon". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ AnjaliGera, Roy (2016). Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond. New York: Routledge. p. 91. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  4. ^ Daler Mehndi - Tunak Tunak Tun Video on YouTube
  5. ^ "Daler Mehndi Tunaks his way into World of Warcraft". asiancorrespondent.com/. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault: Spearhead Easter Egg - Make the Player Models Dance".
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be - Daler Mehndi - Tunak Tunak Tun". Ultratop. Retrieved 2016-07-03.