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Singer / Composer / Actor Hindi

Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh Biography

Born : 18 July 1971, in Amritsar, Punjab, India

Height: 5' 6″ (1.7 m)


Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh is an Indian playback singer, and one of the most prolific artists in the industry. He is most renowned for his superhit numbers- 'Chaiyan Chaiyan' (Dil Se, 1998) as well as 'Jai Ho' from the Academy award winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Born in 1968 in Amritsar, Punjab, Singh began performing on stage at the tender age of 8. He released a Punjabi album titled Munda Southall Da in the 1980s and later joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal's group and became a music arranger. Singh got his break in the Hindi film industry with the film Karma (1986) in which he sang a few lines, followed by the song ‘Aaja sanam’ for the film Khilaaf (1991).

However, his first major break came in 1999 in Mani Ratnam's film Dil Se (1999) when A. R. Rahman asked him to sing 'Chaiyyan Chiayyan'. The song and its music video, starring Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora was an instant success and established Singh within Hindi film industry. It also won him the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award. He then went on to sing for a number of successful films such as Taal (1998), Biwi No. 1 (1999), Dillagi (1999), Tere Naam (2003), Bunty Aur Babli (2005).

He simultaneously continued to record his private albums and gave another chartbuster hit with the Yash Raj production Chak De India (2007) and the title track became an anthem. Singh's biggest success however came with Danny Boyle's Academy award winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he sang the song ‘Jai Ho’. The song was composed by A R Rahman, written by Gulzar, and won him an Oscar for The Best Original Song.

Recently he sang for successful films like Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Agneepath (2012), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), and several other Hindi and Punjabi films. Haider (2014) also got him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. His latest work on Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Bajirao Mastani (2015) has been commended by critics and audiences alike.