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Kaliyan da Badshah falls silent

Noted Punjabi singer Kuldip Manak,who was at the forefront of the Punjabi music industry in the 80s and 90s and was popularly know as ‘Kaliyan da Badshah’,died here on Wednesday following a protracted illness.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana |
December 1, 2011 3:14:58 am

Noted Punjabi singer Kuldip Manak,who was at the forefront of the Punjabi music industry in the 80s and 90s and was popularly know as ‘Kaliyan da Badshah’,died here on Wednesday following a protracted illness. He was 62.

Manak,born as Latif Mohammad on November 15,1949 at Jalal village in Bathinda,was suffering from liver cancer and had been under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital for the last three months. His mortal remains would be buried at his native village on December 2.

In a twist of fate,the singer who popularised Banda Bahadur’s heroics breathed his last at a time when in anther corner of the state,a memorial dedicated to the famous Sikh warrior was being inaugurated by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Dev Threekewala,the man who wrote the Kaliyan for Manak sais an era in Punjab music has come to an end. “We have hundreds of Punjabi singers storming the television screens each minute but,there can be no other Manak.”

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“He sang ‘GT road de duhaiyaan pave yaaran da truck baliye’ in five minutes with no prior rehearsal. The song was recorded for the film Lambardarni and is still a rage. Who can forget his others hits such as Maan Hundi and Maa ey duniya waleyo,banoti yaar,Ichran dahay mardi and Sahiban ta tarla. Whatever Manak sang,became a folk lore. His honesty shone in his songs too,” added Dev.

Famous singer Jazzy B who shared close association with the deceased singer and even sang ‘main chela Manak da’, said,“Manak was very straight forward. He lives in my heart.”

Actor-singer and manak’s nephew Karamjit Anmol,said,“The burial has been delayed by two days as many people are coming from abroad to pay their last respects.”

Manak is survived by his wife Sarabjeet,son Yudhveer,who is also a well known singer,and daughter Shakti.

Meanwhile,in separate messages,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal expressed grief over the Manak’s demise. The CM described Manak as a legendary folk singer with the qualities of head and heart,who regaled the millions of Punjabi music lovers with his emotionally powerful voice for about four decades. He said that Manak’s death has created a void in the Punjabi music world.

Sukhbir,in his message,said that Manak lent a distinct identity to Punjabi folk singing and popularized it outside the shores of the country also.

Minister for Jails Hira Singh Gabria and Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),Baldev Singh Dhillon also expressed deep sorrow over the Manak’s demise.

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