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Hardev Dilgir (Punjabi: ਹਰਦੇਵ ਦਿਲਗੀਰ), best known as Dev Tharike Wala, is a noted Punjabi songwriter and writer of Indian Punjab.[1][2][3] He is known for his hit kali, Tere Tille Ton, sung by Kuldeep Manak.[1]

Hardev Dilgir
ਹਰਦੇਵ ਦਿਲਗੀਰ
Birth nameHardev Singh
ਹਰਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ
Also known asDev Tharike Wala
ਦੇਵ ਥਰੀਕੇ ਵਾਲ਼ਾ
Born1939 (age 79–80)
Tharike (now in Ludhiana district), British Punjab
GenresFolk, duet, kali
Occupation(s)Writer, songwriter
Years active1961–present
Associated actsSurinder Shinda

Early lifeEdit

Dev was born as Hardev Singh, in 1929,[2] to father S. Ram Singh in the village of Tharike[3][4] in British Punjab. He got his elementary education from the village school where he took admission in 1945.[4] Then he went to High school in Lalton village nearby and then to Ludhiana for higher education.[2] He was married to Preetam Kaur who left the legend forever on 18 July 2018.[5]


While studying in Lalton village high school, his Punjabi teacher, Hari Singh Dilbar, a well known Punjabi writer and novelist, encouraged him to write some poetic[6] and Dev wrote a song for children, as he was a child himself at that time, named Chal Chakk Bhaine Basta School Challiye which was published in a magazine named Bal Darbar.[2] This encouraged him a lot and he continued to writing. Later he started writing stories under the name Hardev Dilgir and till now, wrote about 35 books of stories and songs like Zaildarni[7] Rohee Da Phull, Ikk See Kurhi etc.[6] He got a job of a teacher in 1960 and his first song was recorded in 1961.[8] His friends encouraged him to write songs and as he was inspired by Inderjit Hasanpuri's song Sadhoo Hunde Rabb Warge, Ghund Kaddh Ke Khair Na Paaiye, he written some songs for singer 'Prem Kumar Sharma', who was selected by HMV.[6] The singer recorded Dev's first songs including Bhabi Teri Dhaun De Utte Gutt Mehladi Naag Ban Kaala and few more.[6] Dev was inspired to write Heer (lyrics) by a painting of Heer by the noted Sobha Singh.[4] He continue songwriting under the name, Dev Tharike Wala. His lyrics/songs was sung by many singers like Karamjit Dhuri, Karnail Gill, Kuldeep Manak, Surinder Shinda, Swaran Lata, Gurcharan Pohli, Pammi Bai, Jagmohan Kaur, Narinder Biba and many modern Punjabi singers.[3]

With Kuldeep ManakEdit

He met singer Kuldeep Manak and penned many folklores for him. The first songs of Dev recorded by Manak included Jaimal Phatta and Kaulan (Raja Rasalu), both released on 7-inch EP, Punjab Dian Lok Gathawan, by HMV in 1973.[8][9] Lyrics of Dev under the genre, Kali, became so popular that people started regarding the singer, Kuldeep Manak, as King of Kalian although Manak sang only 13–14 Kalian in his career.[7] This was due to the record-broken popularity of one of his kali, Tere Tille Ton that was released on Manak's first LP, Ik Tara, by HMV in 1976.[1] Dev has penned almost every Punjabi Qissa (Folk story) even those that were not so commonly known in the society including Bego-Inder, Jani Chor, Roda-Jalali, Kehar Singh-Ram Kaur and more.[1]


He also wrote lyrics for many Punjabi films including Sassi Punnu[10] in which Kuldeep Manak sang his song, Ajj Dhee Ik Raje Di.

The film "Balbeero Bhabhi" featured his song "Sucheya Ve Bhabhi Teri" and "Datta Te Bhagat Soormen." The title track of the blockbuster hit Punjabi film "Putt Jattan De" (1981) was written by Dev Tharikewala and sung by Surinder Shinda.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Rajpura, Ali (2008). Eh Hai Kuldeep Manak. Ludhiana: Unistar Books Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 978-81-7142-528-0.
  2. ^ a b c d radio spice interview-dev tharike wala pt 01.wmv. YouTube. 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Dev Tharike Wala, Popular Punjabi Songwriter". 20 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Kuldeep Manak & Dev Tharike Wala". Fan page. Facebook. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ Dev Tharike Wala (14 July 2009). dev thrike wala in ik khas mulakat zee punjabi with narinder 2. YouTube.
  6. ^ a b c d dev thrike wala in ik khas mulakat zee punjabi with narinder 1. YouTube. 14 July 2009.
  7. ^ a b Shivcharan Jaggi Kussa. "ਗੀਤਕਾਰੀ ਦਾ ਯੁੱਗ ਅਤੇ ਦਰਵੇਸ਼ ਮੂਰਤ ਬਾਈ 'ਦੇਵ ਥਰੀਕੇ ਵਾਲਾ'". An article in Punjabi language. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  8. ^ a b Dev Tharikewala. Daily Motion. 15 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Kuldip Manak – Punjab Diyan Lok Gathawan". Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Sassi Punnu ECLP 8929 LP Vinyl". Buy LP record. Retrieved 16 May 2012.[permanent dead link]

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