Malkit Singh was born in the village Hussainpur near Jalandhar, Punjab. He is the eldest child of five and started singing at the tender age of four. Malkit attended a local school in his village where his talent was quickly recognised. He then carried his talent through to college where he participated in competitions and won many awards. Malkit has taken his music from the Punjabi vernacular to cross-cultural experiments with various types of music including rap, house, dance, Bollywood film screens and many more.
Music has many languages, and Malkit Singh has been able to utilise his music in order to bring different communities together, not only Indian communities but also communities in which Bhangra music was never before heard. As an international recording and touring artiste, performances at internationally acclaimed venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena, Hollywood Bowl, the Lincoln Centre, Nehru Stadium, Andheri Sports Complex and Rockefeller Centre, have further cemented his dominance as a music genius. Astonishingly, over thirty-six countries have already witnessed the live performances of Malkit Singh. Entertaining millions all over the world with his singing, Malkit has captivated fans and followers of his music from different generations, races and nationalities. Malkit’s music echoes in every city, country and continent he visits.
Having successfully recorded twenty-two albums to date, some of Malkit’s songs have also featured on the big screen. For example, his hit songs ‘Jind Mahi’ featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham, and ‘Gurh Nalon Ishq Mitha’ in Monsoon Wedding. In addition, his trademark anthem, 'Tutak Tutak Toothiyan,' is the best selling Bhangra song of all time and the album 'Up Front,' which featured the song, received a platinum disc. BBC news revealed that it was the fastest selling Bhangra song in the world. Malkit Singh has also been recognised in the Millennium Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'Best Selling Bhangra Solo Artist in the World’.
More recently, in 2008 Malkit became a Member of the Order of the British Empire after he received an MBE from the Queen for his Services to Punjabi Music, making him the only Asian artist to have received this honour. In 2012, Malkit became the first Asian artist to be awarded a place on the Birmingham’s Walk of Stars. This special honour was given by the city of Birmingham in recognition of his global contribution to Bhangra music.
As a result, traditional Punjabi folk music has gone from the relative obscurity of a Punjabi village to the heady heights of a world stage. As his music spreads its wings across the globe, Malkit Singh encompasses audiences of all ages and backgrounds. With this, Malkit has received numerous awards and accolades for his musical talents as his contributions to Bhangra music and the Indian community has been greatly noted.
Hailed as the ‘King of Bhangra,’ Malkit Singh is one of the few Punjabi icons around in today’s Bhangra industry. Punjabi’s all around the world look up to Malkit’s original style, melodious voice and unique music as he represents the true traditional Punjabi culture to worldwide audiences. His fan base keeps on growing from strength to strength as he encompasses an audience of all ages, from young to old. Malkit has maintained his true Punjabi image throughout his career, which people have respected and can look up to him as a role model. His popular music and videos have won over today’s generation of youngsters as well as keeping his die-hard fans happy, and will continue to do so in years to come.
- March 8, 2008 - VIBC Bhangra Competition
- March 8, 2008 - VIBC After Party