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|Hans Raj Hans|
|Born||9 April 1964|
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Origin||Jalandhar, Punjab, India|
Hans Raj Hans is a Punjabi singer and politician from Punjab, India. He is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. He has been singing folk songs for many years but recently sang a number of Gurbani shabads and dharmic geets (religious songs). He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri.
He sings Punjabi folk and Sufi music, has sung in movies and has also released his own 'Punjabi-pop' albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachche Dhaage.
Hans was born in the village Shafipur very close to Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is the second son of Sardar Rashpal Singh and Mata Sirjan Kaur. Hans had no musical history in his family, yet he began singing at a young age. He started his career by performing at youth festivals and first became known by winning musical competitions.
Hans Raj Hans was born with singing talent. Hans was a student of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenage years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a Sufi singer and it was because of him that Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style. His Ustad (teacher) gave him the surname 'Hans' (swan) due to his impressive look and his sweet singing voice like a 'Hans'.
In his young age Hans Raj Hans learned from renowned music director Charanjit Ahuja. Then he started singing Punjabi folk, devotional and Sufi music He also sang in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He worked with renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in the movie Kachche Dhaage
He has been an honorary music professor at Washington DC University and San Jose State University.
During Hans' student days at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar he won the top University singing award in Punjabi folk singing for three years in a row. He was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by Punjab Government. He received the fourth highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri Award for arts.
His popularity started increasing when he sang 'Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey'. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Jasvir Cheema 'Mera Dil, Mera Dil...' was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ....'ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa....' first time in Punjabi folk songs' history. His first album was 'jogian de kanna vich kach diyan mundra'.
Hans worked very hard to prove himself and raised himself to this level of a deserving singer. Nothing could divert his focus from singing even during tough times. He never gave up. There was no stopping for Hans after this and every single album was a hit. He is a Sufi singer of his times and has lived to his title by introducing his album Tera Ishq.
|4th Mirchi Music Awards||Male Vocalist of The Year||"Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi" from Mausam||Nominated|||