Kuldeep Manak

Kuldeep Manak
Also known asManak, Kalian Da Baadshah
Born(1947-11-15)15 November 1947[1][2]
Jalal, Bathinda district, East Punjab
Died30 November 2011(2011-11-30) (aged 60)[1]
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
GenresFolk, Kali
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, musician, Composer
InstrumentsTumbi
Years active1968–2011
LabelsHMV, T-Series

Kuldeep Manak (15 November 1951 – 30 November 2011) was a noted Punjabi singer[3][4] of Indian Punjab. He was best known for singing a rare genre of Punjabi music, Kali,[5] also known by its plural form kalian or kaliyan.[1][6]In the late 1970s and early 1980s Manak was generally regarded as the best Punjabi singer in the world.[by whom?] His high pitched strong voice was unique, and instantly recognisable.A statue of Kuldeep Manak has also been erected in Ludhiana near his residence as a tribute to singer.

Early life

Manak was born as Latif Mohammed on 15 November 1947, to Nikka Khan, in the village of Jalal[1] in Bathinda district of Indian Punjab. Sardar Partap Singh Kehron (Punjab Chief Minister) penned the name Kuldip Manak, after being amazed by the quality of his voice at a school prize giving. He completed his education from Jalal Government High School, where he was a keen hockey player. He had an inclination towards singing from an extremely young age. He was constantly persuaded by his ustad to graft in his raags and perform on stage. In his early career he became the baadshah of kaliyan. He had lyrics written by famous writers such as Debi Maksoospuri, Dev Threekewala and Jandu Litranwala. His most known tracks were gadeya millade sohne yaar, tere tille ton and dulleya ve tokra. Manak learnt the hazuri raagi methods of gaiki.

Other Languages
العربية: كولديب ماناك
español: Kuldeep Manak
پنجابی: کلدیپ مانک