Parmjit Singh Sidhu (Punjabi: ਪਰਮਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੂ; more popularly known as Pammi Bai born 9 November 1965) is anIndian singer, songwriter and Bhangra dancer. He is considered as one of the most notable figures in the world of Punjabi music specialising in the traditional folk dance of Punjab – Bhangra.He is best known for his signature smile and promotion of traditional Punjabi folk music, dance and vibrant dress. He was born in Jakhepal in the district of Sangrur, Punjab, India and now resides in Patiala. He gained national attention with the song “Ashke.” Since then, he has gone on to record over 12 albums and has recorded over hundreds of songs. He is often called as Bhangre Da Sher. He is one of the few singers who has been working on preserving the rich Punjabi tradition and not falling prey to the westernization of culture, and has put in a lot of research and hardwork in upholding the folk tradition of Punjab .He has performed along with his troupe in more than 25 countries around the world. He was honured with the prestigious Shromani Award in Punjabi Folk Singing – 2009 by Govt. Punjab and now the Punjabi university, Patiala gives a great Honors to Pammi Bai with Fellowship in Dept. of Punjabi Development. He is also running the Live Folk Studio Pvt Ltd,a platform to promote folk music and musicians and give talented youngsters a chance to audition and sing live in Patiala. He is married to Harpal Kaur Sidhu and has a son and daughter.
Born in a family of freedom fighters, he always wanted to be a politician as his father Late S. Partap Singh Baghi was a freedom fighter. During his childhood days his inclination towards Bhangra, the folk dance of Punjab, increased and started participating in various school functions. Later during his college days he participated in Inter-University functions, and pursued it to become the Dance Director of Bhangra. While he was doing his M.A. he started singing amateurishly. In 1982 he recorded his first song Nachdi Jawani. In coming years, he went over to 20 countries to perform as a bhangra dancer and folk singer.He was also involved in Theatre acts and performed on Ram Lilla stages as comedy artists during free time.
He recorded his first audio cassette in 1987, along with the late Narinder Biba. Then he recorded an audio cassette with Surinder Kaur, a renowned TV and radio artist. One of his songs was recorded by Jagjit Singh in his audio cassette released in 1991. Two of his songs were recorded by Music Today. He has worked with music directors like Surinder Bachan, Charanjit Ahuja, Pandit Jawala Parshad and Ved Sethi. However the real break for him came with the release of Ji ne jan nu karda; Rangli Dunia Ton, they were an instant hit. The appeal of these songs heralded Pammi Bai into the big league of Punjabi folk singers. From a famed folk dancer, Pammi established his identity as one of the leading folk singers. His critically acclaimed album Nach Pauni Dhamal added a new feather to his cap. Later he set on to produce 12 more albums, which were produced by the leading producers of the time like HMV and FrankFinn. His work with Aman Hayer to produce Punjaban in 2009, was again a huge success. His title song from the album Punjabian Di Balle Balle was acknowledged worldwide as its video had world famous personalities who are from origin of Punjab Also his last album Jugni which was produced by his own production house whose music was given by five directors including the famous Popsy. He is currently working on new projects which will be released soon. He has also been associated with Patiala’s Panjabi University on the folk project under which the singer has already archived the folk dances of Punjab and will now move to music and instruments.
Since 1986, he has been to over 20 countries to perform as a Bhangra dancer and folk singer. In 1989, he organised his first cultural performance on the Indian Independence day, and in later subsequent years he visited many European countries including Belgium, Poland, Hungry, Germany, Swedan as a dance director and organiser. In 2004 at Cultural Presentation in the World Punjabi Conference held at Lahore, Pakistan he was one of the few delegates who had gone to represent India. Later in 2007 he went on to the tour of USA, for various cultural shows. After working as chief judge in the World Punjabi Folk Dances Competitions held at Toronto during the year 2009, he was invited again to perform in 2014.
Music style and instruments
Pammi Bai has always been a stern follower of Punjabi folk music and is credited with keeping the Punjabi folk tradition alive. His songs include the traditional music instruments of toomba, algoza, toombi, sarangi, wanjli, bugdu, been, dhadd, dholki, dhol, ghara, chimta, dafli and dhoru. His songs include various Bhangra forms like Jhoomar, Malwai, Giddha, Dhandas. He is widely known to be a guardian of old Punjabi culture, and mother tongue Punjabi where in this time the Punjabi music industry is influenced by western culture.
Ankhi Sher Punjab De
Amrit Baaja Wale Da
Jawani Awaazaan Maardi
Majje Malwe Duabe
Dance With Pammi Bai
Nach Nach Pauni Dhammal
Giddha Malwaian Da
Putt Punjabi – Son of Punjab
Dhol Te Dhamaalan
Punjabiyan Di Balle Balle
Live Folk Studio
“Aaari haye ve Aari” (Album: Nach-Nach Pauni Dhamaal [HMV])