Colourful Flavour of Bhangra

  • Colourful Flavour of Bhangra

    Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

A Multi-colour dress Coupled with the stone-embedded turban that he wears when he performs leaves no doubt that this is none other than Daler Mehndi, The Badshah of Bhangra. Daler is as colourful as his attire. "That's how bhangra should be. The genre is so colourful and without such attire one can't get the true flavour of bhangra."

Mehndi, who believes that a singer must also be a good performer is brilliant on stage. "One has to make people feel that they are getting the true flavour of the song. There's no better place than a live performance for a singer to prove himself."

Is this the reason we don't find him singing too often in Bollywood? Daler has sung in about a dozen films in Bollywood, though all have been hits. The was the title track of Rang De Basanti, which is still ruling the charts a year after its release.

"I enjoy singing but Bollywood is not my first priority. I sing only when I understand that I will be able to do justice to the song with the typical voice I have."

Mehndi, who is from the Patiala gharana, will be soon heard singing for music director Pritam in Meghna Gulzar's Just Married. "It's not a typical bhangra number. It's a melodious and slow-paced track called Doha penned by Gulzaarsaab, It's a sentimental track and I really enjoyed doing it, "says the singer. There are other films, too, on the anvil but the singer remains tight-lipped about it.

Apart from live shows, the singer has also been busy with his forthcoming album, which is nearing completion. "I can promise my audience that the next album will be as good as my earlier work. There are a number of surprises this time."

The singer is happy about music director AR Rahman's songs being nominated for the Oscars, "it's a great achievement and I wish him luck. He is one of the few who know how to bring out the best from singers."

The bhangra king these days has the additional responsibility of judging the talent hunt contest Fame X. "there are so many talented contestants who are giving their best out there. Judging them is a big responsibility."

Source By : Hindustan Times