The veteran singer Dhanni Ram, aka Amar Singh Chamkila, who made his name in the hearts of people after his death, has been making the rounds on the internet. The reason for this is that superstar Diljit Dosanjh is reportedly working on a biopic about Amar Singh Chamkila. Dosanjh has shared a new look in which he looks quite the same as the legendary singer. And if you are not aware of Chamkila and wish to know about him, then you can surely scroll down.
Who is Amar Singh Chamkila?
An Indian singer and musician, Amar Singh Chamkila, was recognised as one of the best live stage performers. He is well-known as a village performer, and his music is heavily influenced by Punjabi village life. He frequently wrote songs about extramarital affairs, growing up, drinking, using drugs, and Punjabi men's fiery tempers. He had a contentious reputation; some people found his music offensive, while others saw it as an accurate commentary on Punjabi culture and society.
Speaking of his breakthrough songs, Chamkila became famous with his first-ever recorded song, "Takue Te Takua". He had composed cleverly phrased lyrics, which quickly became popular songs in Punjab. Chamkila's fan base, which he built while performing at free outdoor concerts known as Akhade in Punjabi, may be credited with a large portion of his popularity. A player on the dholki and harmonium would accompany the couple, while Chamkila would play the tumbi. The performances were a way to introduce fresh songs that would eventually be recorded to the public and gauge how they would be received.
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In addition to performing his own songs, Chamkila also created a number of tunes that he later sold to other musicians. Surinder Shinda's "Main Digie Tilak Ke," Jagmohan Kaur's "Gabroo Nu Marda," and Deor Naal Nach Bhabiye (KS Kooner) are among them. In addition to the music director, Chamkila experimented by working with KS Narula and SN Gulati, in addition to the music by Charanjit Ahuja, with whom she continued to collaborate.
Achievements of Amar Singh Chamkila
It has also been noted that Doordarshan has asked Chamkila to record a song for television transmission. The solo song "Dil Da Sheesha" has been performed live on stage, but no video of it existed. This song was performed on television when Chamkila passed away by his protege, Amar Arshi.
A magazine called "Gaunda Punjab," which would feature pieces about well-known singers, up-and-coming musicians, and news from the Punjabi cinema and music industry, was something that Chamkila was working on before he passed away. With years of theatre experience under his belt, Chamkila was also in negotiations to play the lead in the Veerendra-directed Punjabi film "Guldasta" and to co-star with Sridevi in the Punjabi film "Naanke." These two movies were never made.
Chamkila has numerous songs with Amarjot Kaur, who was also his wife, in addition to many singles. It has been reported that Chamkila had told close friends that he felt compelled to marry Amarjot as that was the only way to ensure the popular duet stayed together. They were the hit stars during their time and always performed duets and received immense love from the villagers.
But an unfortunate day came when both legendary singers were murdered. Yes, you read that right. On March 8, 1988, at about 2 PM, Chamkila and Amarjot came to Mehsampur, Punjab, to perform. As they got out of the car, they were shot to death. The couple and several members of the group were shot by a group of motorcycle riders, who fatally wounded them. But no one was ever arrested in relation to the incident, and the case was never resolved.
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Numerous conspiracies have been proposed as to why Chamkila was slain. He reportedly received several threats to his life, according to numerous reports. These threats' characteristics or motivations are still a mystery. The high-profile murder prompted a storm of debate and rumours.
Amar Singh Chamkila Songs
Ki Zor Gareeba Da, Kan Kar Gal Sun, Pehle Lalkaare Naal, Chamkila, Pani De BulBuleya, Kurti Sat Rang Di, Bach Ke Reha Kar, Yaari Toot Gayi, and many more in his kitty.