Singles made Ranjit Bawa a singing sensation

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 13:14 IST

Ranjit Bawa is the voice behind popular numbers like Jinde meriye, Munda sardara da and Lahore. Just 10 years old when he performed live for the first time, Ranjit did not taste success overnight, rather he struggled for years to reach where he is now.

“I don’t want to be part of the rat race that is on these days. Even if I am part of the young league of singers, I’m not among those who can go to any extent to collaborate with a high-profile rapper and music director of the industry.

I am not weak, neither is my talent,” says 25-year-old Ranjit who has done his masters in Music Honours from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Explaining his strong stand on high-profile collaborations, he says while he regards his seniors in the industry highly, he does it out of respect and not because he needs favours in return. “I have a dream to work with Sukhshinder Shinda but for this I should wait for the day he finds me worthy,” says Ranjit.

Lyrics reveal bitter reality

Aiming to contribute to society, Ranjit recently sang a song on drug menace in Punjab. “I am fearless when I choose a subject. This song has lyrics like Sarkara hi vikhaundiya ne chitta tahi ta shareyaam vikkda (The government is selling smack and that’s why it’s freely available). I have sung that on border posts, drugs such as cocaine and heroin are traded. This can’t be without the government being in the know. I sing the truth and the truth is bitter,” says Ranjit, who is the grandson of freedom fighter Darshan Singh Bajwa. Needless to say he has had to give an explanation for this song to the Punjab government.

Music his calling

After the death of his father in 1994, his family wanted him to join the army but he declined it. He was clear that music was what he truly loved. Ranjit Bawa’s real name is Ranjit Bajwa but the song ‘ Miti Da Bawa’ made him a winner in every youth festival, which got him the name ‘Bawa’. Then in Season 2 of Voice of Punjab, he was eliminated from the top six but that did not stop him from working harder to achieve success. Ranjit’s first song Jatt di akal in 2013 went viral on social media. “In one week, this song was such a hit that I started getting calls for international shows,” he said. In another songtitled Munda sardara da, noted photographer Harnav Bir Singh has written and performed the rap and directed the video as well. He is planning to launch his first album ‘Miti da Bawa’, which is slated to release this month, and has signed up for two films as well.

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