Jasbir Jassi (Punjabi: ਜਸਬੀਰ ਜੱਸੀ; born 7 February 1970 in Dalla Mirjanpur Village, Gurdaspur, Punjab, India) is a Punjabi singer and actor. As of 2010 he has released eight albums, his first pop album being Dil Le Gayee, released in 1998.
As a child, Jassi played the harmonium. He quit engineering to study classical music under V.S. Jolly and later under Puran Shah Koti of the Sufiana fame.Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan and Baba Kashmira Singh also heavily influenced his singing style.He did his schooling at Govt. Comrade Chajju ram High school Paniar. He holds a Masters degree in classical vocal music from Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar.
Jassi, a first generation musician,participated in many musical plays like “Sadha Bugdu Bulo.” He was widely noticed due to the performances he gave for the North Zone Cultural Centre. Jasbir Jassi then started recording for Punjabi films including Passport and Zakhmi in the late 1980s.He also sang for remix albums such asBalle Balbiro Balle.His first album release was the 1993 low-profile Channa Ve Teri Channani. He featured along with Charanjit Ahuja in the music video of “Channa ve Teri Channi”. This was followed-up with a string of hit albums – ‘Dil Le Gayee'(1998), ‘Kudi Kudi'(1999), ‘Nishani Pyar Di'(2001), ‘Just Jassi'(2002), ‘Mukhda Chann Varga'(2004) and ‘Akh Mastani'(2007). Jassi – Back with a Bang is his latest album, featuring the songs “Mehndi” and title song “Bang”. It was released on 16 July 2010 worldwide.
The title song Dil Le Gayee Kudi Gujrat Di of his second album was a huge hit and it catapulted Jasbir Jassi into fame. Kudi Kudi from his third album and Channo Da from Nishani Pyar Di also did extremely well.
He has performed in over 5000 shows in 70 countries across the worldJasbir Jassi has featured on televsiosn on NDTV Imagine’s Dhoom Macha De and he was crowned as “The Show Stopper” who created history on television for his dynamic performances.
Inspiration for Dil Le Gayee
It was in 1989 at a national integration camp for youth from border areas that Jassi met his Gujarati kudi. Jassi belongs to a border village, Dhalia, in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The girl was from Bhuj in the Kutch area of Gujarat. The two fell in love, which was however, unconsummated. But she remained an obsession with Jassi even after she got married to some one else. However, Jassi traced her in 1998. It was in the same year, on way to Gwalior with Sham Bhuteja of Rohtak, when Jassi was feeling upset and depressed during the journey, and in a fit of emotion told Bhuteja, “dil le gayee kudi Gujarat di”. The bard in Bhuteja hit the idea of composing the song after this line, which ultimately led Jassi to stardom.
The latest soundtrack in which Jassi performed is Patiala House (2011), in which he performed ” Laungda Lashkara” with Mahalakshmi Iyer and Hard Kaur. Other soundtrack in which he performed include Dobara (2004) in which he performed “Pyar Mere”,Hope and a Little Sugar (2006) in which he performed “Mahiya”and Mel Karade Rabba(2010) in which he performed the titular song. In 2015, Jassi released a song Ranjha giving the song sufi and pahari touch.
According to Jassi’s official website, he released eight albums:
Channa Ve Teri Channani, 1993
Dil Le Gayee, 1998
Kudi Kudi, 1999
Nishani Pyar Di, 2001
Just Jassi, 2002
Mukhda Chann Varga, 2004
Akh Mastani, 2007
Jassi – Back with a Bang, 2010
Bhangra (with Ashok Masti and Jawad Ahmad), 2011
In 2011, Jasbir Jassi’s first film in a lead role, ‘Khushiyaan’, was released. Tisca Chopra plays Jassi’s wife in the film. The film is also notable as it is the last film which features singer Jagjit Singh’s shabad before he died in Mumbai in October 2011. It is also the last movie of renowned comedian Vivek Shauq, who died in January 2011.