Biography: Hans Raj Hans
Hans Raj Hans is a Punjabi singer born in a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar. He was born into a peasant family. He sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but has also sung in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachhe Dhaage.
Hans Raj Hans was born with singing talent. Though he was influenced by a street singer named Sitara Singh, who used to come near his house every day and sing Punjabi devotional songs. He would listen to him every day.
Hans was a devotee of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenage years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a Sufi singer and it was because of him Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style.
His guru gave him the surname ‘Hans’ probably due to his fair impressive look and his sweet singing voice like a ‘Hans’. Singing While Hans was studying in Guru Nanak University Punjab; he won top University singing award continuously for three years, of course, in Punjabi Folk Singing. Hans was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by the former chief minister of Punjab Capt. Amrinder Singh.
Hans received the fourth highest civilian award of India Padam Shree Award for arts. Hans is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. His popularity started touching the sky when he sang ‘Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey’. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe.
A song written by famous Punjabi writer Mr. Jasvir Cheema ‘Mera Dil, Mera Dil.. .’was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ….’ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa….’ first time in Punjabi folk songs history. Hans worked very hard to prove himself and raised himself to this level of a deserving singer. Nothing could divert his focus from singing even during tough times. He never gave up. There was no stopping for Hans after this and every single album was hit.
He is a Sufi signer of his times and has lived to his title by introducing his album ‘Tera Ishq’. The list goes on and on for his hit songs. His album ‘Gham’ on prominent Punjabi writer Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s songs is also the greatest hit of its times.