Hans Raj Hans
Hans Raj Hans is a popular Punjabi singer and Ragi who is famous in India and other countries with Punjabi communities. He has been singing folk songs for many years but recently sang a number of Gurbani shabads and dharmic geets (religious songs).
Born into a peasant family at a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar he sings Punjabi folk and Sufi music, has also sung in movies and has also released his own 'Indipop' albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachche Dhaage.
Hans Raj Hans was born with singing talent. Though he was influenced by a street singer named Sitara Singh, who used to come near his house every day and sing Punjabi devotional songs. He would listen to him everyday. Hans was a devotee of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenage years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a sufi singer and it was because of him that Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style. His guru gave him the surname 'Hans' (swan) due, probably, to his fair impressive look and his sweet singing voice like a 'Hans'.
During Hans's student days at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar he won the top University singing award in Punjabi folk singing for three years in a row. Hans was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by Punjab Government. Recently, Hans received the fourth highest civilian award of India Padma Shri Award for arts.
Hans is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. His popularity started touching the sky when he sang 'Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey'. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Mr. Jasvir Cheema 'Mera Dil, Mera Dil...' was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ....'ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa....' first time in Punjabi folk songs' history. His first album was jogian de kanna vich kach diyan mundra.
Hans worked very hard to prove himself and raised himself to this level of a deserving singer. Nothing could divert his focus from singing even during tough times. He never gave up. There was no stopping for Hans after this and every single album was hit. He is a sufi singer of his times and has lived to his title by introducing his album 'Tera Ishq'.
In addition to many folk songs he has produced the following devotional Sikh songs/kirtan:
Sikh Devotional\Religious Songs\ Hyms
- Sikhi Diyan Shaana
- Nikey Nikey Do Khalse
- Bole So Nihal
- Mera Bajaan Wala Maahi
- Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi
- Sikhi Diyan Shaana
- Koi Aan Milavai (featuring Sant Anoop Singh (Una Sahib Wale) & Bhai Maninder Singh (Sri Nagar Wale))
- See Wikipedia article on Hans Raj Hans for more information
- Kirtan and dharmic geets on Youtube: youtube.com
- Kirtan mp3 files: www.sikhee.com