This edition of Legend Spotlight features the one and only – Surjit Bindrakhia.
Surjit was born to his father, Sucha Singh, and his mother, Gurcharan Kaur, in the village of Bindrakh of district Rupnagar in Punjab. His father was a famous village wrestler, who brought the village to prominence. Surjit was influenced by his father to take up wrestling and Kabaddi. He won intercollege bouts at the university level. Although, his father always wanted Surjit to be a wrestler, he always wanted to be a singer. He began his singing career by singing boliyan for his college bhangra team – click here to read his full bio
Surjit Bindrakhia has been responsible for countless hits over the years which are still being played today. He was truly a unique and special vocalist, with one of the greatest hekhs ever. Many have covered his songs as tributes but nothing has come close to match the sheer quality and essence of the originals. Surjit Bindrakhia’s most famous and popular songs include:
– Bas Kar Bas Kar
– Tera Yaar Bolda
– Duppata Tera Sat Rang Da
– Mundri Nishaani
– Jatt Di Pasand
– Mukhada Vekh Ke
– Lakh Tunoo Tunoo
– Wang Vargi Kudi
He was a versatile singer and was able to adapt his style according to the beat and tempo with ease. Regarded as one of the best Punjabi singers, Surjit Bindrakhia helped usher in a new sound at the time and helped progress Punjabi music to heights it had not previously seen. There isn’t a party or disco that does not include at least one of his hits, which just highlights and showcases the impact he has had not only in India but across the world!
Together with Shamsher Sandhu, who was responsible for writing countless hits for many artists, Surjit Bindrakhia dominated the Punjabi music industry through his catchy, and lyrically rich songs. Surjit Bindrakhia had a unique voice which made him stand out from many of the other singers at that time. He had such powerful vocals coupled with raw emotion, it was truly a one of a kind vocal; which was particularly evident in his live shows and performances.
Check out the videos to some of his most popular songs below:
What are your favourite Surjit Bindrakhi songs? Let us know in the comments below!