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Sukhwinder Singh is an Indian singer from Amritsar, Punjab, India. His greatest success was arguably the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" for Mani Ratnam's 1998 film Dil Se, composed by A. R. Rahman and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi, for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare


Sukhwinder Singh is a leading Labana Sikh Bollywood singer. He first performed on stage at the age of 7 or 8, singing the Lata number "Sa re ga ma pa, pa, pa, ga ma re, ga re mere sang mere saajna" , from the 1970 movie Abhinetri. He also released a Punjabi album called Munda Southhall Da with T. Singh joined Laxmikant-Pyarelals troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south of India to look for work. At this time he did a film called Rakshagan.

Singh got his break in the movie "Karma" in which he sang few lines, then he did a Madhuri Dixit film called Khilaaf, in which he sang the hit song "Aa ja sanam". But the singer himself realised that something was missing in his voice, took a sabbatical and left Mumbai to tour England and America to see, hear and understand the various forms of music. After this broadening of his musical horizons, he returned to Mumbai to kick-start his musical career.

His first effort in Hindi films, Aaja Sanam, went largely unremarked, even though the music carried the names of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Then, along came Dil Se. A. R. Rahman used Sukhwinder for "Chaiyya Chaiyya". The other films that followed - including Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Dillagi, Moksha, and Thakshak,"Tere Naam", Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle , Shabd, Musafir, Chak de India, Om Shanti Om, Black & White- have made him a household name.

Television career:

Sukwinder Singh is one of the three judges of STAR Voice of India 2.

Sukhwinder Singh won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song "Chaiyaan Chaiyaan" from the movie Dil Se whose music was by A R Rahman. He recently won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song "Haule Haule" from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

The song "Jai Ho", sung by Singh, composed by A. R. Rahman, and written by Gulzar, was nominated a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song and won an Oscar: Academy Award for Best Original Song
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