July 8, 2008

‘No One Can Have Enough of Bhangra’

He believes in celebrating life. "And what better way of doing it than with the bhangra?" asks the Londonbased bhangra pop singer Malkit Singh who was recently honoured with the 'Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire' (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at a spectacular ceremony in London.

And soon after the ceremony, Malkit decided to touch down in India "to share the good news with my father and other close relatives," he says, adding, "Although sadly, I lost my mother this year. I wish she was here to be part of the celebration."

Needless to say, the celebrations in Punjab, he goes on, "were unbelievable. It was all so amazing. I never imagined that so many people in India wanted to express their happiness at the honour I have received. They too wanted to celebrate with me. In fact, even the Punjab CM had called up to congratulate me. It was all so amazing."

The guy, who was among the first to make bhangra beats so popular on the dance floor, says the dance-form enjoys tremendous popularity in Britain. "Everyone there, not just Indians, just can't have enough of the bhangra. You may not believe this, but most of the popular nightclubs in Britain play Indian music, and when the DJ plays a Punjabi song track, everyone goes crazy," smiles Malkit.

Ask him if the movie world has beckoned and he says, "It has, but I want to do something really exciting. It's always better to wait for something really worthwhile, and when it does, only then will I take up anything in Bollywood."

While music keeps him busy most of the time, Malkit does find enough time to spend with his family. "Frankly, my wife and three kids keep me more busy than my work. But they have been a great support and have always encouraged me all through," he smiles.

And, is any one of his children keen on following his footsteps? "No, as a father, I'd like to see my daughters settled down and married as soon as possible in the US. At least, isi bahane wahan ghoomne ka bar bar mauka mil jayega," laughs Malkit.

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