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Bhangra artist H Dhami giving a new meaning to music in India
by Shraddha Anand

     New Delhi: UK-based Bhangra artist H Dhami, who has won the hearts of music lovers across the world, is focusing on the music loving people in India. H Dhami who has a distinct form of blending western and Punjabi music is keen to promote his special style of Bhangra. He has arrived in India after performing in different parts of the world. Dhami's father Palvinder Dhami has been a legendary singer, having led the Bhangra band `HEERA. H Dhami's tracks are exclusively written by Rishi Rich, a British Asian producer. His debut video `Sadke Jawa' has also been played extensively across major Asian TV Channels in the UK, U.S.A. and Asia. "Punjabi music is great. You will find Punjabi music and Bhangra in every part of the world. Not only in Bollywood but across the world including US...and I went to Spain, all non Asians were there, only four of us were there and we played Bhangra music and everyone enjoyed it a lot. The music is universal language, every person whether they belong to any background listen to the music and music. Music is medicine, music is healing," said H-Dhami, Punjabi singer. H Dhami has spent a part of his life on stage since he was six, performing alongside his Dad. He values Indian traditions and is proud to be associated with legendary Punjabi singers from India. "I am a very big fan of the likes of the great Gurdasman ji for folk, Kuldeep Manakh to Jazzy B. there are lots of artists and to western side, the one and only Michael Jackson, Timberline, Justin Tibmberlake, Jay Sean, so all these guys, I just picked up all my influences from the young age and they are all my influences. We just wrapped all but my focus is Punjabi because it's important that we should remain connected to our culture and I want to make it sure that I always follow my culture and traditions and keep in touch with our mother language," H-Dhami, the singer. The video "Sadke Java" has been nominated as Video of 2007 by Zee TV. Within just a year, the new bhangra kid on the block has already received two nominations for the 2008 UK Asian Music Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Male Actor. And now H Dhami is all set to rock India with his lively and energetic bhangra performances. Dhami has also ventured into Bollywood by making a debut in an animated flick Toonpur-Superhero, which is going to be released this year.
-Jan 27, 2009

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