The year 2014 was filled with happy memories for India's King of Pop Daler Mehndi who not only took the social space by storm but also created history in his own unique way. Adding to this, Daler also successfully promoted budding musical talents in the industry.
The well-known artist believes in recognizing, nurturing and helping young performers to showcase their talent. While this year has also been busy for him with his numerous social and work related commitments, the singer has not backed down from encouraging young artists on a national platform through his own label DRecords.
Among other things, 2014 was a year of ‘firsts' for our favorite ‘Tunakster'! He also helped raise funds for Kashmir flood victims and contributed to White Gold Cowshala, a campaign to save cows.
The Sardar of Swing launched a Bhangra-Pop song ‘Aaja Mere Twitter Te' where he invited fans to visit his social properties and recorded his track ‘Stop The Fight' on the spot in one night which speaks about the need for peace in society.
This year, Daler Mehndi took the world's busiest city New York by storm by performing at the NIAPPI Azadi Diwas Celebrations. A man who has immense respect for all faiths, he was a part of the world's biggest Prabhat Pheri and visited the Krishnagiri Shri Parshwa Padmavati Temple in Tamil Nadu gaining favor with the Jains.
Paaji, as he is affectionately called, was also the first Indian singer to have his name trademarked. The Blinged out Sardar singer is a King in a sense. A lot goes on behind the man who has made an even more lot of people, dance like silly dillies. Here's what we think makes Daler Mehndi a real deal.
7 Reasons Why Daler Mehndi Is The Real Deal
Tunak Tunak Tun
If you haven't seen Tunak Tunak Tun, get out, quit the internet, now! Probably the only Indian music video that had over 10 million views on YouTube at a time when the internet itself was placing its roots in India. Besides, who doesn't like 4 jolly Sardars bouncing around on the screen?
Where there is civilization, there is Daler Mehndi. The man has toured many places including USA, UK, Russia, Japan, Africa and more.
Look at the man! He's a walking display of gold and rich fabric. Indian King of Pop, indeed. Bling Bling!
The Video Game World Loves Him
His fame walks before him. People around the globe have heard Tunak Tunak, laughed to it, danced to it and now even played video games on it. Blizzard's World of Warcraft franchise proudly hosts the Tunak Tunak dance in one of its characters. SAY WHAAT?
Has a Solid Punjabi Dilkhol Dil
Not everything is what appears of the surface. India's most renowned Sardar is a rock solid Philanthropist as well. He has his own NGO's that take care of the environment and cows. WHO WOULD HAVE EVER KNOWN?!
Is Smiling 24X7
Giving Laughing Buddha effigies a complex since, forever.
Makes ACTUAL Music
It's the age of technology and auto-tune. Reportedly, this guy doesn't use ANY of it. He sticks to his dholak and his harmonium, along with a voice that could probably shun some Norse god's. Kudos to that man, much respect!