Award from British Queen honour for Punjabi community: Malkit Singh

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New Delhi, June 13 (UNI) He was among the first singers to catapult Punjabi folk and pop singing on the global music scene with his chartbusting songs like 'Tootak-Tootak Tootiyan' and 'Guru Nal Ishq Mita'.

Punjabi pop singer and "Bhangra king" Malkit Singh has again brought the Indian music, especially the Punjabi pop variety, on the centrestage on the global music scene by becoming the first Asian singer to be honoured with the "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" by Queen Elizabeth.

Malkit Singh, recieved the honour from Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace last month. The honour bestowed on him by the Queen made him feel extremely proud as an Indian.

''The fact that I am not only the first Indian but the first Asian to recieve this honour is it a matter of pride for me. It was really overwhelming that the British Queen, who I had only seen as an image on the British Pound had chosen me for the honour,''Malkit told UNI here.

''I feel this honour is not only for me but for my entire community,''the singer said.

Noting that the level and standard of the Indian music had grown by leaps and bounds over the years, Malkit Singh, famous for his songs 'Guru Nal Ishq mita', 'Kurri Garam Jayee', 'Chal Hun' and 'Jind Mahi' in the blockbuster 'Bend It Like Beckham', said,''the perception of foreign people towards Indian music has undergone a vast transformation today after the honour accorded to me by the Queen.'' From his humble origins of Hasanpur village in Punjab to the precincts of the Buckingham Palace, it has been a long journey for Malkit Singh.

''In my passion and fervour for singing, I would often forget where I was going. the only thing that mattered was singing. I still remember how as a child, I used to sing songs for women in the village who used to bribe me with sweets to hear me singing.

I had not visualised that one day I would be taking up singing as a profession. At that time, there was just a passion to do something in music. So addicted was I to music that I used to attend live shows by Punjabi singers and record their songs which I later listened at home to get tips in singing,''the singer added.

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