Published on 14 Jun 2009 | over 8 years ago
Gurdas Maan (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦਾਸ ਮਾਨ, gurdās mān) is a Punjabi singer, songwriter, choreographer, and actor. He was born on January 4, 1957 in Giddarbaha, Muktsar, Punjab, India. He gained national attention in India in 1980 with the song Dil Da Mamla Hai. Since then he has gone on to record over 27 albums and has written over 200 songs. Gurdas Maan is a legendary Punjabi singer and is considered as the heart of Punjab. His top hits have given him worldwide admiration.Gurdas Maan is best known as an actor for his remarkable performances in two films: Waris Shah: Ishq da Waris (2006), which was nominated as India's selection for the Academy Awards, and Shaheed-E-Mohabbet (1999), the film which tells the real-life story of Boota Singh.
Gurdas also appeared in the hit film Shaheed Udham Singh (2000), in which he played the role of Bhagat Singh, a Sikh man with no prejudices based on religion, caste or creed to which many of his fans and friends testify he is in real life. As a singer Gurdas Maan has worked with music directors such as Laxmikant Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik, Nadeem Sharvan, Amar Haidipur, Charanjeet Ahuja, and Jaswant Bhanyra .
He also starred alongside Juhi Chawla in the epic Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004), an emotional film illustrating the tragedies faced by the people of Punjab in the 1980s. He adopted the role of a son of a well-respected Jatt (farmer) Gurdev Singh Somal. He falls in love with a high ranking police officers daughter. Before the wedding, the father is murdered by separatists. This tale soon twists in to the inevitable demise of Gurshaan (Gurdas Maan). This movie was based on actual events.
Aside from singing in Punjabi, he is fluent in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Haryanvi and Rajasthani. As an actor he has performed in Punjabi, Hindi and Tamil movies, but as aforementioned above, he is best known for his starring role in Waris Shah - Ishq Daa Waaris, a depiction of the Punjabi poet Waris Shah's during the creation of his epic poem Heer Ranjha, again co-starring Juhi Chawla and Divya Dutta.
In Karnal, Haryana, India on the 20 January 2007 Gurdas was involved in a car accident in which his imported Range Rover SUV was hit and severely damaged by a truck near the town of Madhuban in Haryana. Gurdas escaped with minor injuries on his face, hands and chest. He was subsequently admitted to a Mohali hospital where he was examined by doctors who announced to the press that other than these minor injuries he was unharmed and fully fit.
This was the second car accident of two that Gurdas Maan was involved in. In both cases he escaped with minor injuries. The first accident was a head on collision between Gurdas vehicle and a truck on the 9 January 2001 at a village near Rupnagar, Punjab. Unfortunately, in this accident Maan's driver was killed. Gurdas Maan later admitted that his driver asked him to wear his seat-belt minutes before the accident. Maan believes that if it wasn't for his driver's advice, he would have been dead as well. Later he wrote and sung a song 'Baithi sade naal savari utter gayi' dedicated to his driver, who was also his good friend.
Gurdas is married and has one son Gurik who has done his schooling from Yadavindra Public School, Patiala. He also studied at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire .