Let’s Rewind With Pop Star Daler Mehndi On His 51st Birthday
Let’s Rewind With Pop Star Daler Mehndi On His 51st Birthday. Strolling through the streets of Kanyakumari in the year 1995 I heard a song cranked up in a small house in South India. It was an extreme surprise to hear Punjabi music being played in a non-Punjabi territory of India. Who could even imagine that a man dressed up in a turban and a royal sherwani dancing on the bhangra beats could be a pop star? He was no one else, but Daler Mehndi.
Daler had a distinctive voice who dressed up in turban and long, flowing robes and became an instant hit. No one could imagine a pop star in that attire. But he proved the entire nation wrong. The country was dancing on his mesmerizing music. Whether people in the country knew Punjabi or not? Bolo Tara was on everyone’s mind. The pop singer does not just possess an amazing voice, but also possessed an amazing style. He is dashing and is a smashing hit.
Magnasound signed Daler Mehndi for a three-album contract for three years. Bolo Ta Ra Ra, Mehndi’s debut album, sold over 20 million copies. The album established Daler as a pop star, which also won him the Channel V’s Best Indian Male Pop Artist Award. A year later, his second album under Magnasound, Dardi Rab Rab, was launched. This album surpassed the sales of Bolo Ta Ra Ra. He was nominated in three categories at Channel V Music Awards and won the Channel V Best Indian Male Artist Award.
The legendary singer broke down the billboard with his hits one after another. Rewind with Daler Mehndi on his 51st birthday and dance on unforgettable beats.
Do you think you know Daler Mehandi? See if you knew all this about his. How many you get right?
Fact 1 – Daler Mehndi was born in Patna, on 18th August 1967. He was influenced by music at a very young age by his parents who taught him different ragas and shabads from the GuruGranth Sahib Ji.
Fact 2 – The Punjabi pop sensation “Daler Mehndi” was brought up in a family of singers and musicians who has been in this profession for seven generations.
Fact 3 – Daler Mehndi, at the age of 11 ran away from home to get trained under Late Ustad Raahat Ali Khan Sahib of Gorakhpur.
Fact 4 – Daler Mehndi’s main reason was to be trained not only for his vocal skills but also to learn tabla, harmonium and Tanpura.
Fact 5 – Daler Mehndi started his career with Indian Classical Music. His intense and dedicated training led him to singing ghazals inspired by the poetry of Qateel Shifali and Firaq Gorakhpuri.
Fact 6 – It was at the age of 13, that Daler Mehndi did his first stage performance in a huge gathering of 20,000 people in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. Daler Mehndi, had then formed a group with his cousins, musician friends and brothers for the performance.
Fact 7 – Daler Mehndi started training in Patiala Gharana Style of Indian Classical Music, the maverick musician has created a single iconic image that is both endearing and intellectually respected.
Fact 8 – Daler won the prestigious Voice Of Asia International Ethic and Pop Music Contest amongst 200 contestants from various countries in 1994 at the Azia Dynasys in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He was conferred with the title of the Most Original Sound Found in 3 Decades.
Fact 9 – “Bolo Ta Ra Ra” sold more than 20 million copies. It sold over half a million copies within four months of release.
Fact 10 – Daler Mehndi was nominated for Bolo Ta Ra Ra in 3 different categories and won the prestigious Channel V Best Indian Male Artist Award.
Fact 11 – In 1996, Daler Mehndi’s second album under Magnasound “Dardi Rab Rab” further created a stir in the nation. It was bigger success than “Bolo Ta Ra Ra”.
Fact 12 – Daler Mehndi in 1997 entered the Bollywood industry with “Na Na Na Re” featured in the movie Mrityudata starring legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan. This song made Daler a national superstar.
Fact 13 – Daler Mehndi released his third album “Ho Jayegi Balle Balle” in the year 1997. The song “Balle Balle” broke all the records. Daler Mehndi received multiple awards for the album.
Fact 14 – Daler Mehndi’s fourth album Tunak Tunak released in the year 1998. It was an instant hit on release. Tunak Tunak was the first ever Indian music vide to use Chroma technology.
Fact 15 – Tunak Tunak won the prestigious RAPA Award, the Channel V Award for best Male Pop Singer, The Videocon Award for best Male Pop Singer, and The Screen Award.
Fact 16 – Tunak Tunak sold 10 lakh cassettes and 2 lakh cds on the day of release. It sold more than 4 million copies in just 2 months of release. It is till date considered the best export from India.
Fact 17 – #DidYouKnow Tunak Tunak is one song which is played after every hour around the world. Tunak Tunak has had more than 90 million hits online.
Fact 18 – The Urban Dictionary defines Tunak Tunak as an intoxicating dance originating from the Indian artist Daler Mehndi. The song brings great joy to anyone and everyone who engages in the act of Tunaking
Fact 19 – Tunak Tunak became viral when internet had just started. The first parody of Tunak Tunak surfaced in the year 2000.
Fact 20 – A Texas News Reporter quoted “He is all that, Daler Mehndi is bigger than the Beatles” after attending of the high-voltage electrifying Daler Mehndi concert at New Jersey.
Fact 21 – Billboard praised Daler Mehndi by saying “So compelling is today’s bhangra beat, in fact, that it is transforming the entire Indian pop music scene, thanks to the commanding vocal presence of Daler Mehndi”.
Fact 22 – In the year 1998, Coca-Cola signed Daler Mehndi as their brand ambassador. Daler Mehndi performed across India in 30 concerts.
Fact 23 – In the year 1998 Daler Mehndi started in initiative. The Green Drive to make the environment a cleaner and a healthier place. Since then more than 800,000 trees have been planted by Daler Mehndi and his team.
Fact 24 – He won the Bharat Seva Ratna Award for his work towards helping the environment by planting trees
Fact 25 – Daler Mehndi also started “Food For Life Society”. A centre on the outskirts of Delhi, serves free meals to people of all sections of society.
Fact 26 – In the year 1998, Daler Mehndi donated Rs. 1.35 crores to the people who were affected by the cyclone in Gujarat.
Fact 27 – Daler Mehndi also supports homeless children in Kenya, starving families in Orissa, and supports the families of Kargil martyrs.
Fact 28 – Daler Mehndi is conferred with titles like – “Messiah Of Masti”, “King Of IndiPop”, “Pasha Of Pop”, “Bhangra King”, “Pride Of India” to name a few.
Fact 29 – Daler Mehndi has sung in more than 12 languages. Hindi, Punjabi, Persian, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi and Bhohpuri to name a few.
Fact 30 – Daler Mehndi has performed songs in genres like Bhangra Rock, Gurbani, Sufi, Pop, Bollywood and Devotional.
Fact 31 – Daler Mehndi has sung songs in the highest-grossing movies of all time like Bahubali 1&2, Dangal, Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Singh is Kinng.
Fact 32 – Daler Mehndi was approached by the International artist Deadmau5 for his concert in India. The crowd was surprised when Daler Mehndi took the stage and performed his hit numbers.