The following singers are those who might have a small life span but they lived an enormous life. They gained countless admirers and their affection because of their talents. They collectively wrote the history and the future of punjabi music. They are the inspiration and role models for many artists. The void of their absence can never be fulfilled; the least we can do is to remember them in our memories. Check out the greats who were gone too soon.
Pollywood Singers Who Died At A Very Young Age
Amar Singh Chamkila (Died in 1988)
Chamkila is the one of those artists whose death has become a mystery. At the age of 28 had been murdered with his wife Amarjot and two other band members. He has given many popular songs to the industry such as ‘Baba Tera Nankana’, ‘Jatt DI Dushmani’, ‘Talwar Main Kalgidar Di’. he was known for his voice, lyrics, composition and music excellence. He was the best live performer that Punjabi music industry can ever have.
Dilshad Akhtar ( Died in 1995)
Dilshad Akhtar hailed from a small village of Kotkapura, Punjab. Grievously, in 1995 amid an event a drunken DSP insisted him to sing Hansraj Hans song ‘Nachi jo saade naal’ but Dilshad turndown him as the song belongs to another singer. The rejection offended the DSP and he snatched a gun from the bodyguard and shot him and Dilshad died at the spot. Late singer Manpreet Akhtar was his sister. Following her brother’s footsteps, she also accomplished a big name in the industry. ‘Kanwan Ve Sun Kanwan’, ‘Man Wich Vasna Aein’, ‘Kanu Atharu Bahoundi’ are some of his hits.
Surjit Singh Bindrakhia (Died in 2003)
Popular songs like Dupatta Tera Satrang Da, Tera Yaar Bolda has been making the entire punjab to dance till this date are sung by none-other than Surjit Bindrakhiya, one of the legends of punjabi folk music. He was known for his unique voice and hekh (a long one breath single note). In his last days news of his declining health had been surfacing all over. On 17th November 2003, he died of Cardiac arrest at his home in Phase-7, Mohali at that time he was just 41.
Soni Pabla (Died in 2006)
Soni Pabla is that singer who gave the iconic songs like Gal Dil Di, Heeray and others. He was the most wanted singer of his time. In 1990 he moved to Canada where he got acquainted with music and made it his profession. His career was blossoming like a flower but unfortunately,at the age of 30 he collapsed in an event while performing in Ontario and the paramedical team tried to help him but on the way to hospital he was pronounced dead. Later in the same year his friends paid tribute to him through an album ‘Eternity’.
Kulwinder Dhillon (Died in 2006 )
He debuted with a super hit album ‘Kacherian Ch Mele Lagde’ and the song “Boliya’ got huge love from the audience. In 2006, he died in a road accident, reportedly he along with his friend Baljinder Billa were travelling and suddenly their car went unmanageable and ran into a tree.he was only thirty year old at the time of his death.
Ishmeet Singh (Died in 2008)
Winner of a reality singing show ‘Amul Star Voice Of India’, Ishmeet Singh hailed from Ludhiana Of Punjab. Apart from Star Plus’s show he also participated in Jo jeeta Wohi Superstar. His first album was a religious one, titled ‘Satguru Tumre Kaaj Savaare’. His death mystery is still unsolved, he was in Maldives for a concert and over there he drowned in a swimming pool. As per reports he had a head injury which made the drowning suspicious. He was only 19 year old during his cremation.
Kuly Ral (Died in 2012)
Kuldeep Ral popularly named as Kuly, he was diagnosed with Brain tumor in 2011, he underwent several radiotherapy and chemotherapy but after 2 years he kicked the bucket at the age of 35. He has done a number of commendable projects, Songs like ‘Singh Is King’, ‘Sheran Di Kaum Punjabi’ overwhelmed the music chart for years. He was one of the three brothers who founded the RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) group. After his demise RDB terminated as the members parted away to move individually. An international bhangra group and Kuly’s sister crooned a special song to pay tribute to him.
Sukhraj Aujla (Died in 2013)
He was a folk singer and he achieved success by songs like ‘Nimi Nimi Tarian Di Lo’, ‘Rangli Madhani’. Sukhraj also died in a road accident similar to Kulwinder Dhillon. He was travelling with his wife and their car collided with a tree. Reports say the steering of his car came off, resultantly he lost control. He was in his mid-forties when the incident happened.
Dharampreet (Died in 2015)
King of Punjabi sad songs Dharampreet hailed from Bilaspur, a town of Punjab. He joined the Punjabi music industry in 1993. His albums ‘Dil Naal Khed’di Rahi’, ‘Ajj Sada Dil Torh Ta’, ‘Aina Kade Vi Nahi Roya’ gave him name and fame in abundance. Sadly on 8th June, 2015 he committed suicide at his home. He was in his early Forties at his last rites.
Raj Brar (Died in 2016)
He was a Pollywood singer, actor, lyricist and director. Songs like Sarhaar, Saheli, Gunahgaar are his projects. If we talk about his acting career, he was a policeman in movies named Jawani Zindabaad, Jatt In Mood. He completed the shooting of the Aam Aadmi movie before his demise. He passed away at the age of 44.
Diljaan (Died in 2021)
Diljaan was a rising Punjabi singer who grabbed the limelight via being a contestant on Sur Kshetra and Awaaz Punjab Di. Later he sang many songs like Adha Pind, Yaaran Di Gal, Shoon Karke, Har Pal, First Love etc. Unfortunately, on 30th March 2021, he left this world in a road accident that happened near Amritsar. He passed away in his early thirties.
So, these are some singers who lost their lives at a very young age but they still connected to our memories. Also, their songs are a genre forever worth listening to despite belonging to any genre.