Amar Singh Chamkila Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Birth NameAmarjot Singh Real NameDhani Ram Other NamesAmar Singh Chamkila, Amar Chamkila, Elvis of Punjab Title NameElvis of Punjab NicknameChamkila Profession(s)Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Music Composer, Stage Performer Famous ForSinging the song 'Pehle Lalkare Naal' Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm in meters- 1.75 m in feet inches- 5’ 9” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg in pounds- 143 lbs Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Career DebutSinging: Takue Te Takua
Some Lesser Known Facts About Amar Singh Chamkila
Amar Singh Chamkila was a renowned Punjabi Singer who is considered one of the best Punjabi stage performers, and he still has a huge fan following in Punjab.
He was born and raised into a conservative joint family.
Chamkila was interested in singing and playing musical instruments like Dhol, Tumbi, etc., since his childhood.
He was brilliant in studies but left his schooling midway for earning money to look after his family.
After quitting his school studies, Chamkila started working at a cloth mill in Ludhiana.
Initially, he wanted to become an electrician but destiny took him into the Punjabi Music Industry.
He was first noticed by the renowned Punjabi singer Surinder Shinda in 1979, when Chamkila was riding on a bicycle with one of his friends Kuldeep Paras, thereafter, he started accompanying Shinda as a member of his troupe.
Surinder Shinda introduced Amar Singh Chamkila in the Punjabi Music Industry
Chamkila had penned down many songs for the popular Punjabi singers like Surinder Shinda (Main Digie Tilak Ke), Jagmohan Kaur (Gabroo Nu Marda), KS Kooner (Deor Naal Nach Bhabiye), etc.
Reportedly, as a lyricist, he was unable to fulfil the needs of his family, so, he had decided to pursue his career as a solo singer so that he would earn sufficient money.
Chamkila had recorded many solo and duet songs, which became popular among the Punjabi Community worldwide.
Subsequently, he also used to share stages and perform live concerts along with some renowned Punjabi singers like K. Deep, Muhammad Sadiq, Surinder Shinda, etc.
Before starting his singing career with his co-partner-cum-wife Amarjot, Chamkila had also performed with the other female singers like Surinder Sonia, Usha Kiran, and others.
Chamkila and Amarjot were in demand not only in Punjab but also at the international level such as Canada, US, Dubai, and Bahrain for their live performances and open-air concerts (Akhade).
The level of his popularity had reached up to such a level that at one point of time during his singing career, he had become even more popular than the Punjabi Folk legends such as Kuldeep Manak, Gurdas Maan, and Surinder Shinda.
Amar Singh Chamkila’s competitors Surinder Shinda and Kuldip Manak
Chamkila was an iconic performer whose songs reflected Punjab’s village life and covered social issues like drug abuse, dowry, infidelity, sexual affairs, etc.
According to Gulzar Singh Shaunki’s biography- ‘Awaz Mardi Nahin’; Gulzar found in his research that at the height of his popularity, Chamkila performed 366 shows in 365 days.
According to sources, he used to charge ₹4000+ per performance at wedding parties and functions.
Chamkila is best remembered for his super hit track ‘Pehle Lalkare Naal’. After his death, the original song was also featured in the Punjabi film ‘Patola’ (1988). The song is so popular that many of his reprised versions have been used in various other Punjabi films.
He also sang devotional songs like ‘Baba Tera Nankana’, ‘Talwar Main Kalgidhar Di Haan’, and ‘Naam Jap Le’ along with Amarjot.
Amar Singh Chamkila with Amarjot during the recording of a devotional song
During Chamkila’s live concerts, he always used to sing with the help of Tumbi (a traditional musical instrument).
Amar Singh Chamkila playing Tumbi during a live concert with Amarjot
He was married twice. His first marriage was arranged while his second marriage with Amarjot was a love marriage. He did his second marriage without giving divorce to his first wife Gurmail Kaur.
On 8 March 1988 at approximately 1:40 pm, Chamkila and his pregnant wife Amarjot both were allegedly shot by biker’s gang with AK-47, along with four members of their band just before their performance at the village Mehsampur in Jalandhar.
A man showing the place where Amar Singh Chamkila and Amarjot were killed
At the time of his death, he reportedly had 200+ songs that had not been sung or recorded officially, of which, some were sung by him at stage shows including ‘Dhee Mar Jai Badkar Loko’, ‘Jatt Di Dushmani’, and ‘Akhiyan Di Maar Buri’.
His song ‘Yaad Aave War War’ was released after his death in 1988.
Reportedly, Chamkila had ₹65 lakh in his bank account at the time of his death.
Conspiracies Theories About Chamkila’s Murder
1) Amarjot’s family could have been the reason behind the murder in an effort to preserve their family from slander; because Amarjot’s caste (Jatt) was considered higher than Chamkila’s.
2) During the Khalistan Movement (1980), the militants found Chamkila’s lyrics objectionable due to which they might have killed him.
3) Chamkila might have also been killed by his competitors who were jealous of his success.
4) According to another theory, he might have been killed by an individual; whom he had rejected to perform due to a scheduling conflict or otherwise.
5) It is also believed that the Punjab Police could have been the reason behind the murder; because they were displeased by Chamkila’s vulgar songs.
In 2014, his daughter Kamal Chamkila sung the song ‘Lalkara’ along with the Punjabi singer Raj Brar as a tribute to her father Chamkila.
Many of his solo songs have been sung as a remix in recent times by several Punjabi singers like Chamak Chamkila, Nirmal Sidhu, Amar Arshi, Surinder Shinda.
In 2017, a biopic film ‘Amar Chamkila’ and the documentary ‘Mehsampur’ was made, which was based on his life.
Poster of the film ‘Amar Chamkila’- based on the life of Amar Singh Chamkila
Poster of the documentary ‘Mehsampur’- based on the life of Amar Singh Chamkila
The magnitude of Chamkila’s versatile singing can be considered with the fact that even he had sung for less than a decade before he was killed, but still, his name is regarded as one of the greatest Punjabi folk performers.
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