Lal Chand Yamla Jatt
|Yamla Jatt (Punjabi: ? )|
|Born||28 March 1914|
Chak No. 384
Lyallpur District now Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, Pakistan
|Died||20 December 1991|
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Singer, Musician, Composer|
Lal Chand Yamla Jatt (Punjabi: ? ), best known simply as Yamla Jatt, was a noted folk singer from Punjab. His trademark was his soft strumming of the tumbi and his turban tying style known traditionally as "Turla". Many consider him to be the pinnacle of the Punjabi music and an artist who arguably laid the foundation of contemporary music in East Punjab.
He was born to Khera Ram and Harnam Kaur. His birthplace was Chak No. 384 in Lyallpur district now Toba Tek Singh, Punjab Pakistan and after partition of India in 1947, he relocated to the Jawahar Nagar area, Ludhiana in India. He was from Punjabi batwal caste. He was trained in vocal singing by Pandit Dyall and Chaudhry Majid and his writing skills were honed by Sundar Das Aasi. He was married to Ram Rakhi in 1930, with whom he had two daughters and five sons. His eldest son is Kartar Chand and younger one is Jasdev Chand.
His most famous songs were "Das Main Ki Pyar Wichon Khattya" and "Satgur Nanak Teri Leela Nyaari Ae" and "Whisky Di Botal Wargi". He recorded some duet songs with Mohinderjit Kaur Sekhon, who was a recording artist with All India Radio (AIR), Jalandhar. He also popularized singing of Dulla Bhatti, Shahni Kaulan and Puran Bhagat. His first recording was with HMV in 1952 and till last he remained with HMV. He performed all over the world and many times performed with Alam Lohar. They were also good friends. He also popularized the Tumbi, a traditional North Indian instrument. His music has been sampled by Punjabi MC on his best-selling bhangra album Legalised.
Ved Parkash took lessons from Lal Chand Yamla Jatt and considered him his music-guru. Ved Parkash still keeps a picture of Yamla Jatt in his wallet to this day.
He was awarded the Gold Medal By Indian Prime minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956. He was awarded a lifetime contribution award in 1989 by National Academy of Dance, Drama and Music, Delhi, India.