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
Writer Daler Mehndi
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 song and video were successes in India. It also became an international internet meme.[2] As of April 2012, all the uploads of the song have been viewed over 8.2 million times collectively on YouTube, the highest viewed one having over 4 million views.

The music video was the first made in India using bluescreen 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.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The video was first parodied in 2000 by comedian Dannel Gomiller. The video became a viral hit in its own right, with hits between 10,000 and 17,000 per day. The video was embraced by Mehndi himself,[3] and has spawned thousands of similar videos on YouTube. The video was directed by comedian Jason Klamm.
  • The dance featured in the music video has been reproduced and is used as the dance emote for the male characters of the Draenei race in World of Warcraft.


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