Ode To Chamkila Day! 50 of the Best

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Owning Every Stage He Performed On – Chamkila

What started as a few songs over a single malt whiskey, soon took on a life of its own today, and was blessed as National Chamkila Day, by the boys from Moneyspinner.

People tweeted, re-tweeted and started naming their favorite songs, so surely it’s only right that we let people listen and choose.

Back Ground

Amar Singh(21 July 1960 – 8 March 1988), commonly known by his stage name Amar Singh Chamkila, was a popular Punjabi singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Chamkila and his wife and singing partner Amarjot were killed, along with two members of their band on 8 March 1988 allegedly by a gang of unknown youths.

Chamkila is regarded as one of the best stage performers Punjab has ever produced. His music was heavily influenced by the Punjabi village life he was surrounded by growing up. He commonly wrote songs about extra-marital relationships, coming of age, drinking, drug use, and the hot tempers of Punjabi men. He earned a controversial reputation, with his detractors regarding his music obscene, and his supporters regarding it a truthful commentary on Punjabi culture and society.

His best-known hits include “Pehle Lalkare Naal” and his devotional songs “Baba Tera Nankana” and “Talwar Main Kalgidhar Di”. Though he never recorded it himself, he wrote the widely popular “Jatt Di Dushmani” which has been recorded by many Punjabi artists.He got fame from his first ever recorded song takuve te takuva.

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