Surjit Bindrakhia was a singer from Punjab, India, who was known for his unique voice and hekh, in which he sings a note continuously in one breath. He was one of the most successful and influential artists in the history of bhangra music. He died of a cardiac arrest on November 17, 2003, at the age of 41.
Early Life and Career
Surjit Bindrakhia was born as Surjit Bains on April 15, 1962, in the village of Bindrakh, Rupnagar district, Punjab. He adopted the name Bindrakhia to represent his village in his songs. He was influenced by his father, who was a famous wrestler, to take up wrestling and kabaddi. However, he was passionate about music and wanted to be a singer. He began his singing career by singing boliyan for his college bhangra team. He received formal training from his guru, Atul Sharma, who composed most of his hit songs. He also collaborated with the lyricist Shamsher Sandhu, who wrote many of his songs.
He went on to release many albums and songs, such as Bas Kar Bas Kar, Dupatta Tera Satrang Da, Lakk Tunoo Tunoo, Mukhda Dekh Ke, Tera Yaar Bolda, and Jatt Di Pasand. He was known for his versatility and range as a singer, playing both comedic and dramatic roles. He also sang religious and special albums, such as Kamban Dil Gaddaran De, Janam Dihara Khalse Da, and Singho Sewadar Bano. He also appeared in some Punjabi films, such as Anakh Jattan Dee, Jatt Jeona Morh, and Shaheed Udham Singh.
Personal Life and Death
Surjit Bindrakhia married Preet Bains in 1990 and had two children, a son named Gitaz Bindrakhia, who is also a Punjabi singer and actor, and a daughter named Minaz Bindrakhia. He was also an advocate for autism awareness and research, as his daughter was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He also supported various charitable causes, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society.
Due to a sudden decline in health, Surjit Bindrakhia died from a cardiac arrest on the morning of November 17, 2003, at his home in Phase-7, Mohali. His death was mourned by his fans, friends, and family, who remembered him as a talented, kind, and generous person. He was also praised for his contributions to the entertainment industry and his advocacy for various causes. He left behind a legacy of memorable performances and a lasting impact on the lives of many. He was truly the voice of Punjab and a legend of bhangra music.