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Destiny’s child

Certain things are pure destiny — this is what comes to mind when you hear Punjabi singer Gurkirpal Surapuri’s life story, so far. In a tête-à-tête with Gurkirpal at the recent launch of his seventh album, Young Beats

chandigarh Updated: Feb 21, 2012 15:38 IST

Certain things are pure destiny — this is what comes to mind when you hear Punjabi singer Gurkirpal Surapuri’s life story, so far. In a tête-à-tête with Gurkirpal at the recent launch of his seventh album, Young Beats, HT City learns about his musical journey.

Shares the 32-year-old singer, who hails from Surapur village, “The journey began back in college, when on New Year’s Eve I performed on Jalandhar Doordarshan for the first time.

People appreciated my voice, but I didn’t really plan to continue singing. After completing my graduation from Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, I did a diploma in electronics from Hoshiarpur, after which I started working at an SAS Nagar-based wireless company, Punwire, as a senior technical assistant.

But as luck had it, the company shut down and I lost my job. That’s when my loved ones encouraged me to pursue music, and I came up with my first album, Sohni Jehi Kudi,
in 2001.”

With no godfather, wasn’t initiation into the industry difficult? “Struggle has been the only constant in my career. I struggled during my initial days in the industry, and I still struggle today, but for different reasons. Although, I believe the real competition of a person is with himself.

Also, your priorities need to be in place. I, for instance, chose not to go down the vulgarity lane, something almost every singer is following today. My USP is that my songs are liked by listeners of all age groups,” he says.

Known for the romantic genre, Gurkirpal is famous for hit songs such as Ishqe Diyan Chotaan, Rusjayuga Sohna, Jadon Diyan Tutiyaan Ne Yaariyan, Tere Naal Has Ki Leya, Yaari Lake Jehre and Dil Tere Naam.

About his latest album, he says, “It’s for the first time that I have come up with a youth-centric album. I have written three songs for the album, and I will also be featured in the video of the title track, Munde Da Dil, which has been shot in Malaysia.”

It’s the piracy issue that Gurkirpal is worried about. “Due to piracy, the sale of albums has really decreased. Therefore, singers are now dependent upon live shows and events,” says the performer who often does shows in Canada, the US and Holland.

About the current trend of singers turning into actors, he says he is not in a hurry to shift tracks. “Though I have been offered a number of films, I don’t want to do them just for the sake of it. Since I have been a theatre student during college, I’d prefer waiting for some substantial roles to come my way,” he concludes.