Sukhwinder Singh is an International singer, originally from Amritsar, Punjab, India. Arguably his greatest success has been the song “Chaiyya Chaiyya” for Mani Ratnam’s 1998 film Dil Se, composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi, for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. Sukhwinder Singh is a leading Bollywood singer. He first performed on stage at the age of 7 or 8, singing the Lata number “Sa re ga ma pa, pa, pa, ga ma re, ga re mere sang mere saajna” , from the 1970 movie Abhinetri. He also released a Punjabi album called Munda Southhall Da with T. Singh joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south of India to look for work. At this time he did a film called Rakshagan.
Singh got his break in the movie “Karma” in which he sang few lines, then he did a Madhuri Dixit film called Khilaaf, in which he sang the hit song “Aa ja sanam”. But the singer himself realised that something was missing in his voice, took a sabbatical and left Mumbai to tour England and America to see, hear and understand the various forms of music. After this broadening of his musical horizons, he returned to Mumbai to kick-start his musical career.
His first effort in Hindi films, Aaja Sanam, went largely unremarked, even though the music carried the names of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Then, along came Dil Se. A. R. Rahman used Sukhwinder for “Chaiyya Chaiyya”. The other films that followed – including Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Dillagi, Moksha, and Thakshak,”Tere Naam”, Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle , Shabd, Musafir, Chak de India, Om Shanti Om, Black & White- have made him a household name.
Sukhwinder Singh won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the movie Dil Se whose music was by A R Rahman. He recently won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song “Haule Haule” from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
The song “Jai Ho”, sung by Singh, composed by A. R. Rahman, and written by Gulzar, was nominated a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song and won an Oscar: Academy Award for Best Original Song.