Gurdas Maan (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦਾਸ ਮਾਨ, gurdās mān) 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 on 4 January 1957 in Giddarbaha, Muktsar, Punjab, India. He gained national attention in India in 1980 with the song "Dil Da Mamla Hai." Since then, he has gone on to record over 27 albums and has written over 200 songs.
Gurdas Maan was born on 4 January 1957 in a Jatt Sikh family in Giddarbaha Muktsar, Punjab (India). His parents are Tej Kaur and Sardar Gurdev Singh Maan. Maan was formally educated in Malout. After completing his education there, his parents enrolled him in a further education institute in Patiala. As a keen sports enthusiast Maan was fascinated by the National Institute of Sports in the city; this prompted him to join the N.I.S. and gain a Masters degree in physical education.
He took part in youth festivals organized by universities and won several awards for his singing and acting, always supported by his friends. He competed in many athletic events and won medals including a bronze at the National Championship as well as achieving a black belt in judo.
In one of his stage plays, he performed a song he had written called "Dil Da Mamla Hai." The play was seen by a producer for Doordarshan Kendra Jalandhar, the producer who thought the song to have potential approached Maan with a proposition for a TV performance of the song to which Maan agreed. When the song was aired on 31 December 1980 it gained national attention and Gurdas Maan became a national figure. The success of the song attracted the attention of HMV who wanted to record and release it. With HMV Maan eventually released his debut album a year later in 1981. When Maan began his career as a solo performer in India, the music industry was dominated by duet artists and he reportedly declined many offers to become part of a duet as he wished to perform and become a successful solo artist.
During his early career he also wrote and directed TV programs such as POP Time for the Doordarshan Network in Delhi.
1990s and 2000s
Gurdas Maan is often credited with raising Punjabi folk music from a regional level mostly in the Punjab to gain international recognition. His album Apna Punjab won Best Album at the 1998 Asian Pop and Media Awards held in Birmingham. Maan won Best Song for the title track and Best International Artist the same year. In addition to these awards, Maan more recently won three music awards of Best Lyrics ("Kudiye"), Best Song ("Heer"), as well as Best Singer of the Year at the ETC Channel Punjabi Music Awards on 6 March 2005.
Awards and honours
Gurdas Maan received an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Wolverhampton on 7 Sept 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.
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.
In 2009 he won "Best International Album" at the UK Asian Music Awards for Boot Polishan.
In 2007 he won the National Award for Best Male playback singer for his songs titled "Couplets of Heer" for the movie Waris Shah - Ishq da Waris.
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 film 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 Laxmikant Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik, Nadeem Sharvan, Amar Haidipur, Charanjeet Ahuja, and Jaswant Bhanyra.
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 in to 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. 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).
Maan is married to Manjit and has one son Gurikk who has done his schooling at Yadavindra Public School and Mayo College. He also studied at Eton College.
In 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 near the town of Madhuban. 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 was killed. 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.
There was a third road accident where Mann was seriously injured. Please get details of that and add it as well.***
During a radio interview Maan revealed to the host, Gagan Grewal, that he is an avid supporter of Manchester United football club
Controversy and accusations of plagiarism
In 2011, Gurdas Mann released an album called Jogiya. The song "ਸਾਡੀ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਲੱਗੀ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਲੱਗੀ ਰਹਿਣ ਦੇ" spurred controversy among Sikhs as it was promoting derawad. Harmandar Kang has written a detailed article about Mann's controversial songs and his relationship with other religious entities
2011: Jogiya (Sai Productions)
2008: Boot Polishan (Sai Creations/UK BOX OFFICE)
2005: Vilayatan (T-Series/MovieBox)
2004: Heer (T-Series)
2003: Punjeeri (T-Series/MovieBox/Music Waves)
2001: Pyar Kar Lai (Tips)
1999: Jaadugarian (Venus)
1998: Dil Hona Chahida Jawaan (Venus)
1997: Yaar Mera Pyar (T-Series)
1996: Chaklo Chaklo (T-Series)
1995: Ishq Na Dekhe Zaat
1994: Aaja Sajna
1994: Ishq Da Giddha (Tips)
1993: Ghar Bhulgi Morh Te Ake
1993: Than Than Gopal (RMI)
1993: Aakarh Aa Hi Jaandi-E'(Music Bank)
1992: Larh Geya Pecha
1991: Dil Da Badshah
1990: Mohabbat Zindabad
1989: Akhiyaan Udeek Dian
1988* Raat Suhani'
1988: Wah Ni Jawaniye
1987: Geetan Bhari Patari
1986: Nacho Babeyo
1985: Kurian Ne Judo Sikh Lai
1984: Peer Tere Jaan Di
1982: Dil Saaf Hona Chahida
1982: Disco Vichari
1981: Dil Da Mamla Hai
2011: truck Driver
2010: Chak Jawana
2010: Sukhmani Hope for life
2009: Mini Punjab (Speed OXL Films)
2008: Yaariyan (Universal)
2007: Mummy-Ji (special appearance) (Universal)
2006: Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris (MovieBox)
2004: Des Hoyaa Pardes (Universal)
2004: Veer Zaara (special appearance)(Yash Raj Films)
2002: Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai
2000: Shaheed Udham Singh (MovieBox) ...Shaheed Udham Singh
1999: Shaheed-E-Mohabbat ...Boota Singh
1999 Sirf Tum (special appearance)
1995: Bagawat ...Gurjeet
1994: Wanted: Gurdas Maan Dead or Alive
1992: Saali Adhi Ghar Waali
1991: Roohani Taaqat
1990: Pratigya ...Billa
1990: Qurbani Jatt Di ...Karma
1990: Dushmani Di Aag
1987: Chhora Haryana Da
1986: Ki Banu Duniyan Da
1986: Gabhroo Punjab Da ...Shera
1986: Laung Da Lashkara
1985: Patthar Dil
1984: Mamla Garbar Hai
1982: Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da