Gurpreet Singh Shergill aka Rabbi Shergill became a household name when his track 'Bulla ki Jaana' released in the year 2005. Not a fancy video but a sensible one, this track became an instant chart-topper. More than 14 years have passed and none of his other songs have been able to match the level of Bulla till now, which does not mean that the man has not delivered hits. He has given the music lovers some great songs like Tere Bin, Challa, Bulleya, and more.
Called Punjabi music’s ‘urban balladeer’, 46-year-old Rabbi Shergill could hold a tune right from his childhood like his other siblings. He trained under Ananth Vaidyanathan for a few months which helped him a lot through his musical journey.
Ask him which cities, according to him, are the best in the world to understand music during a show and he'll rate Atlanta, Kolkata, Mumbai in order. He says that he's seen a genuine passion for art and artists in these cities.
For him, studio singing is the most enjoyable as one experiences first love as one embarks on a new production. But performing before a receptive audience that doesn’t have to spoon-feed is very fulfilling too, he says.
While talking to a daily recently, when asked about his take on the statement 'pure art is fading away and getting replaced by entertainment’ given by him a while ago, the man said, "By art if we imply, processing the sum total of human proclivities and suggestions in our time and conveying them in a manner that uplifts us, to bolster the best part of ourselves, which it should according to me, then we have been failing for a long time."
Talking further about Punjabi music he said, "Most of the Punjabi music is a sad mimicry of US’ black music where the perversion, misogyny, and violence can at least be explained away as the result of psychological wringing of the oppressed. But when in Punjab, the singers, its elites, spout the same drivel, it’s just bullying in rhyme."
-Full interview in The New Indian Express