Punjab's bhangra king, Malkit Singh was recently honoured at an event in Ludhiana for his contribution and efforts being one of the first singers to promote Punjabi music on foreign shores.
During a function held by the Lok Virasat Academy, on Wednesday evening, Malkit Singh MBE was honoured by the Lok Virasat Academy Chairman Prof Gurbhajan Gill, in the presence of legendary Punjabi folk singer Surinder Shinda and singer Maninder Shinda.
While speaking on the occasion, Malkit Singh said that in the changing music scene these days, Punjabis should make sincere efforts to save folk music from extinction. He called upon all Punjabi singers, lyricists, music directors, literary organizations and those who love Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat to come forward and work in this direction. He said that he had left for UK around 33 years ago and since then has been working for the promotion of Punjabi culture across the globe. Even today, his music includes a major chunk of folk and is truly inspired by Punjabi singers Lal Chand Yamla Jatt, Mohd Sadiq, Kuldeep Manak and Surinder Shinda to name a few.
He also showed concern over the current scenario of Punjabi music industry and said that its sad that nowadays, the true essence of Punjabiyat is missing from Punjabi music as some singers and lyricists are merely promoting drugs, weapons and more, which might help them earn money, but would ultimately affect our culture and music.
On this occasion, Prof Gurbhajan Gill gifted a book to Malkit, titled “Shagna Vela” which comprises of Punjabi traditional folk songs such as Suhaag, Ghorian etc. Surinder Shinda said that Malkit Singh is a world-renowned singer who is known globally for his singing, turban and good thoughts. He said that Malkit Singh has never fallen prey to the rat race of singing songs on drugs and weapons, but has always created his own genre, which is well acclaimed by the audiences for more than three decades now.
Lok Virasat Academy Chairman Prof Gurbhajan Gill said that in the month of February, they would organise seminars on topics relating to challenges in Punjabi folk music across the state so that the masses can be made aware. He said that all stakeholders would be invited to join these seminars so that the ongoing “pollution” in Punjabi music can be checked. Jaswinder Kaur Gill was also present on the occasion.