Punjabi singer Balkar Sidhu is best known for churning out some of the best-remembered desi Punjabi folk, bhangra and pop songs. His songs echo the peppiness of Punjabi tradition and are accompanied by similar picturisation.
Hailing from Poohla district, Bathinda, Sidhu is a father to three children — two daughters and a son. Sidhu’s musical inclinations emerged early in life, as he won the gold medal in singing thrice during university. Ask him about his guru and he proudly exclaims, and “Dhadi singer Gurbakhsh Singh Albela, always.”
Sidhu made his debut as a singer with the album, Karna Chhad De Pyar, which was released during the first year of his graduation. But after the release of album Gal Tain Bandee in 2008, the singer took a hiatus for three years, before coming out with his last album in 2011.
Last chartbuster Sidhu’s last album, Crazy Boys, was released in 2011. Songs Hikk Utte and Paindu Kakke were chartbusters from the album.
And, then the pause
In the past few years, Sidhu has been taking time off to be with family and concentrate on the schooling of his children, besides taking time out to work on socially relevant songs.
Talking about the same, he says, “I took time off because I shifted base from Bathinda to SAS Nagar and got busy with the schooling of my children. I am personally training my son in singing. Another reason I have been taking it easy is because I have always been associated with clean songs, which are not ‘hot-sellers’ anymore. Seeing patrons of Punjabi music turn away from good music disheartened me, which is when I started working on socially relevant songs. These singles — Lut Lut Ke Kha Gaye (2011), Utho Punjab Deye Mundeyo (2011) — were meant to shake youngsters out of their reverie. The songs talked about the repercussions youngsters have to face after falling into the drug trap.”
Sidhu is ready to hit the 70mm with his Punjabi film debut, says he, “I have just wrapped up the shoot of my first Punjabi film, Desi Boys, which is set for an August release. The film is based on the issue of illegal migration; how Punjabi youngsters try to go aboard by illegal means to earn money and then get stuck there permanently. I have also sung the songs for the film.”