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“I love ghazals of Mehdi Hassan and Ghulam Ali,” reveals Daler Mehndi

And, the singer says, the theme song of his life would be Suraj Tera from the film Dangal

brunch Updated: Sep 01, 2018 22:29 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
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The singer talks about bhangra, ghazals and the importance of family and relationships. Styling by Daler Mehndi and Taran Mehndi; outfit designed by Taran Mehndi; neckpiece from a local store in Lokhandwala, Mumbai; blue sapphire ring, Motilal Jewellers; turquoise ring from Pakistan; diamond ring, Oswal Jaynson; shoes, Kenneth Cole(Kookie Gulati )
All about Daler
  • Date of birth: August 18
  • Sun Sign: Leo
  • Place of birth: Patna
  • Home town: New Delhi
  • School/College: Guru Govind Singh Boys High School and St Joseph’s Academy, Patna
  • First break: Bolo Tara Ra Ra (1995)
  • High point of your life: When my debut album Bolo Ta Ra Ra became an anthem!
  • Low point of your life: When my mother passed away just before the release of Ho Jayegi Balle Balle

Tell us, if not a singer, what would you have been…?
I love animals. So, I would have been doing something for the welfare of animals.

What inspires your music?
Nature and beautiful faces have inspired me to create some beautiful music.

Nice. So, what would you say is the best thing about Punjabi songs?
The versatility and liveliness of Punjabi songs makes everyone break into a dance!

And what is your personal preference in music...?
Ghazals of Mehdi Hassan and Ghulam Ali.

A childhood memory that you truly cherish is...?
When I was five, I’d sing ragas in the Patna Sahib gurdwara. I also distinctly remember the langar distributed there.

Any singers you enjoy listening to...?
Labh Janjua and Hans Raj Hans.

What’s the best thing about being Mika Singh’s elder brother?
Mika is 10 years younger to me. So, he’s more like a son. I pamper him a lot but I also call him out on his stupidity, when needed!

Define love.
It’s the higher state of being, which is like a junoon.

What’s the one song that rekindles romance for you?
Jo Wada Kiya Wo Nibhana Padega
from the film Taj Mahal (1963).

What’s the best thing about marriage, according to you?
It’s a necessity of life! To have a family is a huge blessing as they are the only ones who will support you through thick and thin.

The best way to connect with your fans is…?
Instead of interacting on social media, I prefer to meet people face to face.

Your strategy in a crisis is…?
I feel stressed for a few minutes but then my faith in the higher authority takes over and I feel reassured that everything will be alright.

The theme song of your life would be...?
The title song of the film Dangal (2016) – Suraj Tera.

Daler’s favourites
  • City: Dubai
  • Travel destination: Amritsar
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Actress: Madhubala
  • Movie: Sholay (1975)

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First Published: Sep 01, 2018 20:32 IST