Tunak Tunak Tun

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"Tunak Tunak Tun"
Song by Daler Mehndi
from the album Tunak Tunak Tun
Released 1998
Genre Bhangra
Label Magnasound
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/pop love song by Indian 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] 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 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.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tunak Tunak Tun". dalermehndi.com. 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. ^ "Ultratop.be - Daler Mehndi - Tunak Tunak Tun". Ultratop. Retrieved 2016-07-03.