Harshdeep Kaur is an Indian playback singer known for her Sufi songs. After winning the titles in two talent reality shows, Kaur established herself as a lead singer in Bollywood soundtracks.
Harshdeep Kaur was born on 16 December in a Sikh family in Delhi and inherited music from her father, Savinder Singh, who owns a factory of musical instruments. She attended Springdales School, Pusa Road in Delhi. Apart from studying, she started learning music at the age of six. She learnt Indian Classical Music from Mr. Tejpal Singh, popularly known as the Singh Brothers, and Western Classical Music from George Pullinkala, Delhi Music Theatre. Later, at the age of twelve, to explore the world of music, she joined the Delhi School of Music to learn piano. She is famous for her Sufi genre songs. On 20 March 2015, Harshdeep tied the knot with her friend Mankeet Singh.
Kaur in 2010
She has performed with some of the leading music directors (including A R Rahman, Amit Trivedi,Pritam Chakroborty, Vishal-Shekhar,Salim Suleiman) as well as on some notable Bollywood songs in the 21st century. These include Katiya Karun from Rockstar, Heer from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Bari Barsi from Band Baaja Baaraat, Kabira from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Ik Onkar from Rang De Basanti and many more.
She has also featured in Coke Studio (India) on MTV in all the three seasons. Season 1 – Hoo (Music recreated by Leslie Lewis) Season 2 – Nirmohiya (Music by Amit Trivedi) & Hey Ri (Music by Hitesh Sonik) Season 3 – Dinae Dinae with Papon Season 4 – Teriyan Tu Jaane (Amit Trivedi) In April 2013 she headlined the prestigious Southbank Centre Music Festival in London, alongside Soul/Bollywood singer Ash King. In August 2013, she headlined the prestigious Mosaic Festival held in Mississauga, Canada. In September 2013 she performed at the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park.
Awards and competitions
Kaur is the first female to win two reality show titles.
Winner of MTV Video GaGa Contest 2001
Kateya Karoon (Rockstar) nominated for Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards, IIFA Awards, BIG Awards
Winner of NDTV Imagine’s JUNOON Kuchh Kar Dikhane Ka in 2008
Winner of Aao Jhoomein Gaayein (SAB TV)
Winner of SAREGAMA Punjabi (Alpha TV)
RUBARU album nominated for the Popular Non-Film Music Category in GIMA Awards 2010
Winner of Best Playback Singer at Mirchi Music Awards for “Lori” from the film Punjab 1984
Winner of PTC Film awards for Best Playback singer – Lori from Punjab 1984
Sufi Ki Sultana
Kaur won the singing competition Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka on NDTV Imagine in September 2008. She competed from the Sufi Ki Sultan genre with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as her mentor. She was declared the Sufi Ki Sultana by Amitabh Bachchan who was the chief guest in the Grand Finale.
The show was a competition between three genres – Sufi, Folk and Bollywood. Singers from India and Pakistan participated in the show. Kaur wore Sufi attire, especially while performing Sufi songs.
Harshdeep Kaur singing in Junoon on NDTV Imagine
MTV Video GAGA Winner
Kaur also won the MTV Video Gaga Contest in 2001.
Never Hide Sounds
Harshdeep Kaur – Hard Rock Cafe performance for MTV Ray Ban ‘Never Hide Sounds’
Harshdeep Kaur featured on MTV Ray Ban Never Hide Sounds as a Mentor for young and upcoming bands in the Sufi Genre. She mentored the Sufi-Rock Band ‘Nasya’ and performed at Hard Rock Cafe and similar venues across the country.
Bani Ishq Da Kalma
This will probably be the first time on TV that a singer has appeared in the middle of the narrative and taken the story forward. She has sung the theme song of this daily soap. The song is a Sufi Song called “Saaiyaan” .It is not just a song, but a story of a girl that she is narrating in verses throughout the show.
Harshdeep Kaur has headlined many prestigious concerts.
AR Rahman’s Journey Home World Tour, all over USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, & SIngapore,2010
Alchemy Festival at the SouthBank Centre in UK with Ash King 2012
Mosaic Festival, Mississauga, 2013
BBC London Mela,2013
AAS Concert at Purana Qila with Attaullah Khan,2014
MTV Unplugged Concert with Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan,2014
Live in Concert with Pritam at Wembley Arena,UK 2014
Infinite Love Concerts with AR Rahman in Singapore & Malaysia, 2014
“Sajna Main Haari”
Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai
Rang De Basanti
“Dil Ne Ye Na Jaana”
Red: The Dark Side
“Is Pal Ki Soch”
“Barse Channel Divya Theme Song 1”
“Woh Lamha Phir Se Jeena Hai”
“Chand Ki Katori”
Band Baaja Baaraat
“Jhak Maar Ke”
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated – IIFA Award for Best Female Playback
“Alif Allah (Jugni)”
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
“Tu Hoor Pari”
“Luni Hasi (Female version)”
“Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana”
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Kaafiron Ki Namaaz
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Bani – Ishq Da Kalma
Bani – Ishq Da Kalma
TV Series on colours Best SInger award at ITA (Indian Television Awards) 2013
“Mere Bina Tu (Duet)”
Phata Poster Nikla Hero
“Ye Jo Subha Ka Ik Sitara Hai”
Muhabbat Subha Ka Sitara Hai
Muhabbat Subha Ka Sitara Hai
Pakistani Drama Serial OST on Hum TV
Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack