Gurdas Maan (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦਾਸ ਮਾਨ ; born on 4 January 1957 in punjab) is an Indian singer, songwriter, choreographer, and actor. He is considered one of the most notable figures in the world of Punjabi music. He was born in Giddarbaha village of the Indian state of Punjab and gained national attention in 1980 with the song “Dil Da Mamla Hai.” Since then, he has gone on to record over 34 albums and has written over 305 songs. In 2013 he announced the launch of his YouTube channel to stay connected with his fans via video blogs and old as well as new music videos.
Awards and honours
Gurdas Maan shot to fame with his hit song “Dil Da Mamla Hai.” Soon after that came “Mamla Gadbad Hai” and “Chhalla”, the latter being the hit film song from the Punjabi film ‘Long Da Lishkara’ (1986), which Maan recorded under the music direction of legendary Jagjit Singh. Gurdas Maan received an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Wolverhampton on 7 September 2010.Maan performed at the Royal Albert Hall for two nights in April 2011 as part of his UK tour. This was the first time Maan performed at the Royal Albert Hall, an opportunity that very few artists come across. Maan, on stage, acknowledged that he could hear the voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the Hall as they too had performed there earlier.
On other fronts, Maan has starred in blockbuster Bollywood films and has received numerous awards, including the Jury’s Award, presented to him by the president of India in 2005. He also sang popular track, Ki Banu Duniya Da on Coke Studio MTV Season 4 with singer Diljit Dosanjh.The song released on 15 August 2015 and hit more than 3 million views on YouTube in 1 week.
In 2009 he won “Best International Album” at the UK Asian Music Awards for Boot Polishan.
Gurdas Maan is best known as an actor for his performances in two films: Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris (2006), which was nominated as India’s selection for the Academy Awards, and Shaheed-E-Mohabbat (1999). The first was by Sai Productions, which tells the real-life story of Boota Singh.
Gurdas appeared in the hit film Shaheed Udham Singh (2000), in which he played the role of Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary, with no prejudices based on religion, caste or creed. As a singer Maan has worked with music directors such as Jagjit Singh, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik, Nadeem Sharvan, Amar Haidipur, Charanjeet Ahuja, and Jaswant Bhanwra.
He starred alongside Juhi Chawla in the epic Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004), an emotional film illustrating the tragedies faced by the people of Punjab in the 1980s. He adopted the role of a son of a well-respected Jatt (bilingual separatist) Gurdev Singh Somal. He falls in love with a high-ranking police officer’s daughter. Before the wedding, the father is murdered by separatists. This tale soon twists into the inevitable demise of Gurshaan (Gurdas Maan). This movie was based on actual events.
Aside from singing in Punjabi, he is fluent in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Haryanvi and Rajasthani. As an actor he has performed in Punjabi, Hindi and Tamil movies, but he is best known for his starring role in Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris, a depiction of the Punjabi poet Waris Shah during the creation of his epic poem Heer Ranjha, again co-starring Juhi Chawla and Divya Dutta. Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris was also the first Punjabi movie which was nominated for OSCAR Awards 2006. He made a special appearance in Veer-Zaara with Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta.
He has appeared in Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da (1982), Mamla Garbar Hai (1984), Long Da Lishkara (1986), Qurbani Jatt Di (1990), Pratigya (1990), Roohani Taaqat (1991),Saali Adhi Ghar Waali (1992), Wanted: Gurdas Maan Dead or Alive (1994), Kachehri (1994), and Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai (2002).
Gurdas Maan was born in a Sikh family to the late Sardar Gurdev Singh Maan and Bibi Tej Kaur. Maan is married to Manjeet Maan and has one son, Gurickk G Maan who has done his schooling at Yadavindra Public School and Mayo College. He also studied at Eton College.
At a village near Karnal, Haryana, India on 20 January 2007 Maan was involved in a car accident in which his Range Rover was hit and severely damaged by a truck. Maan escaped with minor injuries on his face, hands and chest. His driver Ganesh was injured seriously but recovered soon after.
This was the second car accident of two that Gurdas Maan was involved in. The first accident was a head-on collision between Maan’s vehicle and a truck on 9 January 2001 at a village near Rupnagar, Punjab. In this accident Maan’s driver Tejpal died. Maan later admitted that his driver asked him to wear his seat belt minutes before the accident. Maan believes that if it had not been for his driver’s advice, he would have been dead as well. Later he wrote and performed a song “Baithi sade naal savari utter gayi” dedicated to his driver, who was also his good friend.
In a newspaper interview Maan revealed to the Express & Star, that he is an avid supporter of Manchester United football club.
Gurdas Maan started his career as an employee of Punjab State Electricity Board.
In 2015, Gurdas Maan Is Working on His New Project on a New Album “Singh Da Delhi” Music By: Bhinda Aujla Label: Dharam Seva Records/Satti Khokhewalia Productions.