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Asa Singh Mastana (1926–1999) was a Punjabi musician and singer, best known for lending his voice to the hit Bollywood film Heer, and singing jugni and Heer-genre of folk songs, which recount the tales of Heer Ranjha by poet Waris Shah.[1] He became popular in the 1940s, by the mid-1960s, when state-run All India Radio started promoting folk musicians, this made him, along with Surinder Kaur and Kuldeep Manak singers of cult status.[2][3]

Asa Singh Mastana
Born(1927-08-22)22 August 1927
Punjab
Died23 May 1999(1999-05-23) (aged 71)
Occupation(s)Singer
Associated actsSurinder Kaur

His well-known songs, among others "Balle Ni Panjaab Diye Sher Bachiye", "Doli Charhdeyan Marian Heer Cheekaan" and "Kali Teri Gut", have served as templates for later Punjabi musicians[4] His great work also expands to singing sad songs like "Jadon Meri Arthi Utha Ke Chalan Ge" to famous song "Main Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana" dramatized on Dharmendra.[1] He was mostly paired with Surinder Kaur or Prakash Kaur for singing many old folk songs of Punjab.[5]

In 1985, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.[6]

DiscographyEdit

  • Best of Asa Singh Mastana and Surinder Kaur
  • Heer
  • Mastana Masti Wich
  • "Mutiare Jana Door Pya" (1970) [7]
  • Sarke Sarke Jandiye Mutiare Ni

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gayatri Club celebrates bonfire festival remembering Asa Singh Mastana". The Times of India. Jan 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  2. ^ Anjali Gera Roy (2010). Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-0-7546-5823-8.
  3. ^ Tony Ballantyne (16 August 2006). Between Colonialism and Diaspora: Sikh Cultural Formations in an Imperial World. Duke University Press. pp. 127–. ISBN 0-8223-3824-6.
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/f700b062-cce7-4597-b798-0f61e844bb0c
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Asa-Singh-Mastana/109473765737483
  6. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-15.
  7. ^ Asa Singh Mastana discography at Discogs

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