(Last Updated on : 22/10/2013)
Malkit Singh is an accomplished punjabi singer. He rose to the fame with the songs "Gur Nalo Ishq Mita", "Tootak Tootak Tootiyan", "Kurri Garam Jayee", as well as the recently released, "Chal Hun". Malkit Singh was born at the Hussainpur village in Punjab. His singing ability enabled him to be admitted in school at the tender age of 4 years. In the year 1980, he went to study B.A. in Arts, in Khalsa College, Jalandhar,. In college he came in contact with his mentor Professor Inderjit Singh. Since then Singh started taking part in the competitions of Punjabi Bhangra music.
In 1981, he won the third Punjab collegiate competition. He was awarded with a "golden star". With his daring attempts, the vernacular Punjabi music experimented with cross-culture musical genres ranging from rap to hindi film screens. As Malkit was awarded with the 'golden star', he established a musical band of menbers. Singh is regarded officially as the most versatile Punjabi music artist throughout the world. He has performed in over 27 countries . Some of his performances are- Spanish tour 2004/ 2006; International Bhangra Competition, Chicago, November 2003; Shaheed Bhagat Singh Live, Ludhiana in the year 2003; The Indian Commonwealth Games presentation, London, 2003 in the esteemed presence of Prince Edward; La Mar de Musicas Festival, Cartagena, Spain in the year 2003; Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Toronto, in the year 2003; Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, New Delhi, 2003; Guru Gobind Singh College, Pritampura, New Delhi, 2002; The Rockefeller Club in Oslo, Norway in the year 2002; Punjab University, Chandigarh in 2000; Nassau Coloseum, New York in 2000; Musica 90, Turin, Italy in the year 2000; Royal Albert Hall, London 1999; perfomed at the prestigeous Filmfare Magazine Awards in Mumbai in 1999; performed alongside UK Reggae super group UB40 in 1999 at the Andheri Sports Complex; The Royal Sheraton Palace, San Francisco in 1998; Leonards, New York in the year 1998; Athens Sports Arena, Greeece in 1998; the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai 1998; Trinidad, West Indies in 1998; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1998; Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto in the year 1997; The Lincoln Center, New York in 1994; Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, 1993.
The discography of Malkit Singh includes, Nach Gidde Vich in the year 1986; I Love Golden Star in the year 1987; Put Sardaren De in the year 1988; Chott Nigary Lawo in the year 1988; Up Front in the year 1988; Fast Forward in the year 1989; Hai Shava in the year 1989; Dhotakada Bai Dhotakada in the year 1990; Ragga Muffin Mix in the year 1991; Gal Sun Ja in the year 1991; Tere Ishq Nachiyanv in the year 1992; Singho Ho Jo Kathe in the year 1992; Chak De Dholia in the year 1993; Midas Touch in the year 1994; Forever Gold in the year 1995; Akh Larr Gayee in the year 1997; Malkit Millennium Mixes "Kini Sohni" in the year 1999; Nach Nach in the year 2000; Kudi Patole Wargi in the year 2000; Murh Watna Nu Jana; Paaro in the year 2001; Mighty Boliyan in the year 2001; Midas Touch II in the year 2003; 21st Chapter Nachna Aaj Nachna in the year 2005.
In 1997, for his service to the Indian community, he has been conferred with the 'Recognition of the city of Los Angeles'. Malkit Singh 'as the biggest selling Bhangra artist of all time' has been listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records. In 2001, Guru Nanak Dev University bestowed Malkit Singh with the award of the 27th 'Convocation Gold Medal Award Doctorate'. He has garnered the honour of being known as the unofficial "king" of bhangra and Punjabi folk music. He has also bagged the honour of performing at UCLA's Bruin Bhangra in the year 2006.