Daler Mehndi's Tunak Tunak Tun & Legacy

Prepare to witness one of the coolest guys to ever walk this planet... Daler Mehndi.

daler mehndi Bhangra Punjabi Rabbabi

Daler Mehndi is a world renowned musician coming out of India.  Not only is he involved in classic music including inventing a new instrument, but he's also a master of pop music.  He started gaining popularity in the States when the video for his song Tunak Tunak Tun started going viral for it's colorful CGI set pieces, costumes, maniacal melodies, and entertaining dance moves.

Daler Singh (his real name) is a Sikh born in 1967.  He's more than a musician, involved in promoting positive social interaction and respect for the environment.  If you ask who gets the credit for Bhangra becoming popular, it's Daler.  Bhangra is a Punjabi style of music that features upbeat pop styles.  Some go as far as to call him the father of the Indian pop music industry.  He helped establish a non-Bollywood music scene that detached music from the film industry and let it stand on it's own.  He's the man, basically.

Check out the video for Tunak Tunak Tun as you keep reading.  It's the jam:

Stream Samples & Download the Tunak Tunak Tun Album Here.

As you can see, his colorful turbans and robes give him such visual distinction that it's hard not to take notice and have fun.  He's a breath of fresh air and positivity in an industry that promotes such low-level thought and the glorification of negativity.

My favorite thing about Daler Mehndi is his foundational contribution to creating a new genre called Rabbabi, a mix of Thumri, Sufi, and Rock!  He also invented an instrument, the Swar Mandir, which is a hard thing to do in the present when it's all almost already been done.  It's a twist on stringed instruments and not an entirely new thing, but it's pretty nifty.  It's inspired by the Rabab, Swarmandal, and Tanpura.  Bharat Ratna, the classic Indian maestro, presented the first official Swar Mandir to Ravi Shankar in 2012.  Pretty cool stuff, honoring the legends.

Check out Daler's own website to hear and see more!