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Harbhajan Singh launches his own single

Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times   July 19, 2013
First Published: 10:07 IST(19/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(19/7/2013)

A tattoo on the hand, orange shirt and black turban — Bhajji steps out of the field, and how! With ‘Faith’ inked across his right hand, Bhajji says it’s his belief in God. “I have full faith in him; thus, the ink.”


Launching his single, Meri Maa, at Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday, Bhajji says he dedicates the song to his mother, who is also a part of the video. “These beautiful lyrics had to be sung by Gurdas Maan ji originally, but he couldn’t make time due to his mother’s health. So, lyricist Sanjay Glory gave me a chance. This song is a gift to my mother, Avtar Kaur; the elder lady in the video is my mom.”

The single-song album, Meri Maa, was released by Sufi star Satinder Sartaaj. In Bhajji’s honour, Sartaaj shares, “After listening to the song, I don’t believe Bhajji when he says ‘I’m not a singer’. To make a beautiful song, you need beautiful poetry, and Bhajji has taken that initiative.”

Talking about his album again, Bhajji says, “Have you seen kids repeating the table of 2? That’s how I learnt the song. I’ve sung this song with singer Lakhwinder Lucky and learnt a lot from him in the process; composer Parveen Mehra also had to work hard on me. I took training for just four days, since, you know, I am an amazing bathroom singer!”

With 1,06,224 views (and counting) for his message, Ek Suneha, on YouTube, Bhajji says, “It is very disappointing to see the Punjabi music scene of today. The lyrical quality has deteriorated; it is only people like Sartaaj and Gurdas Maan ji who are sticking to their roots. In the video Ek Suneha, I have given a valuable message to some singers and lyricists of Punjab. Videos these days are all about violence and drugs, besides of course wrong portrayal of women. I just wanted to ask them to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Punjab.”

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