Daler Mehndi birthday special: From ‘Bolo Ta Ra Ra’ to ‘Gold’

New Delhi: Daler Mehndi, the iconic singer who has been enthralling the Indian audience for decades with his energetic numbers turns 51 today (August 18).

The Punjabi singer who was born in 1967 was drawn to the world of music from a very young age.

After learning ‘ragas’ and ‘shabad’ from Guru Granth Saheb he was deeply inspired by the Patiyala Gharana. He ran away from home at the mere age of eleven in search of Late Ustad Raaahat Ali Khan Sahib for lessons.

Daler Mehndi started his musical career with his debut album Bolo Ta Ra Ra (1995) with over 20 million copies sold, and later Dardi Rab Rab and Balle Balle. These albums established him as a pop star.

Mehndi also worked for Big B’s movie Mrityunda for the song Na Na Na Re which was also an instant hit! He is also credited for creating a new genre of music called Rabbabi which is a fusion of Sufi, Thumri and Rock.

It will be fair to say that the singer has done a lot to bring the world of bhangra closer to Bollywood. His popularity is such that his brand of songs have a huge fan following with people of all age groups.

The Hindi theme song ‘Jiyo re Baahubali‘ from the movie Baahubali: The Conclusion and Dangal title song by Daler were big hits in the recent years in Bollywood.

Some of his recent works can be seen in latest films Soorma and Gold released this year.