The legendary Gurdas Maan, who has sung hundreds of Punjabi songs, written lyrics and also acted in movies, says that Punjabi music has the “josh” and “dum” that sets it apart from other genres. “As soon as someone starts beating the dhol, one is compelled to dance,” says the earthy singer, who prefers talking in Hindi and Punjabi.
“This music has life in it,” he adds. Talking about his performance in Delhi on Thursday, he says, “Dilli dilwalon ki hai! It’s the land of poets like Mirza Ghalib. Yeh shayaron ki sar zameen hai.”
When asked about the latest singing sensation, Yo Yo Honey Singh, he says, “I like his music. But his song selection can be better. At times his lyrics are very disturbing.”
Though he has a huge number of songs to his credit, Maan has never included English lyrics or collaborated with a rapper. “I don’t speak English.
And as far as doing something different is concerned, I don’t want to do anything that makes
my fans indifferent towards me,” he says.
When he started his career as a performer, there was no market for solo singers. He declined many offers to perform as a duet as he was confident of becoming successful as a solo artist. Even today when organisers arrange for a group of artists to perform, he always performs solo.
He has produced 34 albums and written over 250 songs. As of now, he is busy with live shows.
“One of my albums will release towards January end. I will kick off with other projects in February. By God’s grace, I have enough to keep me busy," he concludes.