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2024 is Chamkila Era | Amar Singh Chamkila's legacy - A tale of strength, defiance & deity of music

From Instagram reels, Facebook videos, YouTube shorts to The Great Indian Kapil Show on Netflix, the enduring legacy of Elvis of Punjab, Amar Singh Chamkila is seen everywhere

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- April 20th 2024 04:35 PM
2024 is Chamkila Era | Amar Singh Chamkila's legacy - A tale of strength, defiance & deity of music

2024 is Chamkila Era | Amar Singh Chamkila's legacy - A tale of strength, defiance & deity of music

2024 is Chamkila Era | Imtiaz Ali's recent film titled "Amar Singh Chamkila," has garnered widespread acclaim from audiences worldwide since its recent release. Viewers from various corners of the globe have been showering the movie with praise for its wonderful storytelling, cinematic experience and sheer power of music. 

From Instagram reels, Facebook videos, YouTube shorts to The Great Indian Kapil Show on Netflix, the enduring legacy of Elvis of Punjab, Amar Singh Chamkila is seen everywhere.  


Passing through the busiest streets of your city or visiting a crowded mall or shops, once in a day or two would have definitely come across hearing Chamkila’s name echoes or his famous songs. Isn’t it? 


Elvis of Punjab 


Amar Singh Chamkila, a legendary figure in Punjabi music, left an indelible mark with his bold and controversial songs. Known for his bawdy lyrics and radical obscenity, Chamkila's music sparked both admiration and controversy during his time and continues to captivate audiences to this day.

With unabashed lyrics that addressed taboo topics and challenged societal norms, he fearlessly confronted issues of love, lust, politics, and hypocrisy. His music resonated with the masses, especially the youth, who found solace and solidarity in his unfiltered expression.

The enduring legacy of Amar Singh Chamkila persists as a testament to his unmatched talent, fearless expression, and unwavering commitment to authenticity. 

Even in his absence, his songs continue to resonate deeply with listeners, serving as a timeless reminder of the power of art to provoke thought, evoke emotion, and spark change. 

Chamkila's legacy endures not only in his music but also in the hearts and minds of those who cherish his unparalleled contributions to Punjabi culture and the broader landscape of music.

Best songs of Chamkila trending in 2024 

Kan Kar Gal Sunn

"Kan Kar Gal Sunn" is iconic song by Amar Singh Chamkila that continues to be popular among listeners. With its catchy tune and Chamkila's signature style, it remains a timeless classic in Punjabi music.

Lyrics : “Kan kar gal sun makhna

Pyar da tenu main val dassna

Kan kar gal sun makhna

Pyar da tenu main val dassna…”  

Pehle Lalkare Naal 

"Pehle Lalkare Naal" is undoubtedly one of Amar Singh Chamkila's most famous and enduring songs. Its catchy rhythm, powerful lyrics, and Chamkila's dynamic vocals have made it a beloved classic in Punjabi music. 

Lyrics: “Pehle lalkare nal main dar gai

Dooje lalkake wich andar warh gai

Teeje lalkare nal nau mera le k

Sidha aan k dara de vich vajjeya

Ni pattu firda…”

   

Baba Tera Nankaana

"Baba Tera Nankaana" is another iconic song by Amar Singh Chamkila. Its spiritual essence and Chamkila's emotive delivery make it a timeless gem in Punjabi music.

Lyrics:: "Baba tera Nankaana,

Nal Amrit peen da jaana,

Baba tera Nankaana,

Nal Amrit peen da jaana"

Ki Ho Gaya Ve Jatta Ki Ho Gaya

"Ki Ho Gaya Ve Jatta Ki Ho Gaya" is another popular song by Amar Singh Chamkila. With its catchy tune and Chamkila's distinctive vocals, this track has become a favorite among fans of Punjabi music. 

Lyrics:  “Ki ho gaya ve jatta ki ho gaya 

labhda fire ve tera ki kho gaya

teri maa di talashi lehni ni bapu sada gum ho gaya…”  

Tragic End of a Musical Icon

Amar Singh Chamkila along with Amarjot Kaur and two band members, was tragically assassinated on March 8, 1988, in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. They were shot by unidentified assailants while returning home after a performance. The motive behind the killings remains unclear, and the case remains unsolved to this day

His sudden departure sent shockwaves through the music world, leaving fans mourning the loss of a true icon. Chamkila's unique style and revolutionary lyrics had resonated deeply with audiences, earning him widespread acclaim and admiration.

Though his life may have been cut short, Amar Singh Chamkila's impact on Punjabi music will forever endure, serving as a testament to his remarkable talent and indelible contribution to the cultural landscape.

- With inputs from agencies

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