The Legendary Punjabi Singer, Kuldeep Manak best known as “Kaliyan da badshah” for his unique singing in rare genre of Punjabi Music, Kali. Kuldeep Manak regarded as the best punjabi singer in the world in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s
Born: 15 November 1947.
Died: 30 November 2011.
Spouse : Sarabjeet Kaur.
Children: Yudhvir Manak, Shakti Manak.
Manak was born on 15th November 1949, in the village of jalal in Bathinda district of Punjab. He was born as Latiff Mohammed, to Nikka Khan (was a singer himself). Manak Had two Brothers:
Siddqui -A devotional Singer
Rafiq– a tantric also were musically inclined.
Manak’s ancestors were the “Hazoori Raagis” of Kirtan for Maharaja Hira Singh of Nabha.
Kuldeep Manak got married to Sarabjeet Kaur. kuldeep Manak was blessed with two children, Yudhvir Manak- a boy and Shakti Manak- a girl. His son Yudhvir manak followed his father’s footstep and become a renowned singer.
Kuldeep manak completed his education at village Government High school, Jalal.He was very keen of playing hockey in his school days and had great inclination towards singing. Once at School Prizing event Sardar Partap Singh Kehron gave him name kuldeep Manak after being amazed by the quality of his voice.
Some student use to comment on kuldeep Manak build by calling him manka, which eventually got translated to Manak.
In 1968 when manak was in 9th standard at school recorded his first song with seema as in those days duet songs were very popular among people. The song under the lable of HMV recorded was called “jija Akhian Na Maar Ve Main Kal di Kuri” was written by very famous lyricist, Babu Singh Maan.
Once interviewed by desiblitz kuldeep manak revelead that he didn’ fully understand the meaning of lyrics of his first song as he was young and was in his 9th grade. But by God grace that song was a huge success and he was appreciated by people.You can watch his exclusive interview by desiblitz here:
Manak was known as folk singer. The first folk song sung by manak was “Maa Mirze di boldi”, followed by another folk song “ohne maut nu waajan maarian”.Once while performing live Kuldeep manak was spotted by then, very famous and renowned lyricist and writer Hardev Dilgir popularly known as Dev Threekewaala. later On they became very close to each other and Dev penned many “Lok Gathavan” for Manak.
Kuldeep manak had also been the part of many punjabi films. He sung ‘sathon ni majhaa chaar hundiya’ in movie ‘saidon jogan (1979)’, ‘Yaaran da truck balliye’ in movie ‘Lambardarni’. He had also acted in movie ‘balbiro bhaabi (1981)’ and had been the singer composer of the movie. He also sang a song “ajj dhee ik raje di” for movie “sassi Punnu (1983)”.
Singer Jazzy B is a great fan of Kuldeep Manak and seen talking about kuldeep Manak many times on TV, media and he has dedicated one lyrical tribute to kuldeep Manak “Manke to Manak”.
You can listen all Kuldeep Manak Track’s at gaana.com
|Sr. No.||Album Name||Year|
|1||Punjab Dian Lok Gathawan (By HMV)||1973|
|2||Another Lok Gathawan||1974|
|4||Mitran di jacket de||1973|
|5||Heer di doli||1977|
|6||Sahiban Bani Bharaawan Di||1978|
|7||Sahiban Da Tarla||1979|
|8||Maa Hundhi Ae Maa||1980|
|9||Akhan ch Najaiz Vikdi||1980|
|10||Ichhran Dhaahan Maardi||1981|
|13||Jugni Yaaran Di||1983|
|14||Mundri vagah ke maari||1984|
|15||Bhul Jaan Waaliye||1984|
|17||Ja ni tera kakh na rahe||–|
|18||Ranjha heer di bukal||–|
|19||Heer maardi leraan||–|
|20||Dilla De Sodya||–|
|21||Baba lassi peegeya||–|
|22||Kadna rumaalde geya ve||–|
|23||Sanu nachke vikha||–|
|25||Banda Singh Bahadur||1978|
|26||Ghare chal kadun rarkan||–|
|27||Dil milyan de mele||–|
|28||Karo na yaar maar mitro||–|
|29||Dil nahion lagda||–|
|30||Gidhe wich too nachdi||–|
|31||Yaar ve teri yaari||–|
|32||Loko vaddeya gandasseyan de naal||–|
|33||Laila Laila mukh ton Majnu||–|
|36||Bhull ke jhuthe yaaran nu||–|
|37||Ranjha jogi hoya||–|
|38||Do Gabhru Punjab De||–|